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Trikatu: Digestive Tonic

Trikatu is one of the most stimulating herbs consisting of an ensemble of three important constituents-Black Pepper, Ginger and Indian Long Pepper. Trikatu corresponds to the literal meaning of "three pungent elements" in Sanskrit and is the main stimulant compound used by Ayurvedic physicians to increase the bioavailability of nutrients, food and medicine. It is prescribed as an essential constituent of many multi-herb preparations.

Trikatu consist of three herbs: black pepper, ginger and pippli. These herbs act in synergy to normalize the ambers of digestion or "Agni" as it is known in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, good health is directly proportional to healthy digestion. Trikatu helps the body to absorb and metabolize food. If there is no proper metabolism, the digestive tract can build up with toxins, known as "Ama". Trikatu is recommended for anyone desiring to maintain balance and preserve healthy body functions.

Each vegetarian capsule contains 800mg Ginger Rhizome,Black Pepper Fruit,Pippali Fruit. See label for more details.

It also helps in balancing Kapha (for rejuvenating).

Sanskrit Name Trikatu Churana, Trikatu
Botanical Name Pepperine longum, Zingerine oficinale, Pepperine
English Name Black Pepper, Ginger, Indian Long Pepper
Useful Part Rhizome of the ginger plant, fruit of black pepper, immature spikes

Besides being an excellent digestive tonic, Trikatu has a number of other benefits,

Scientific Usage

  • Supports healthy digestion and gastric functioning*
  • Supports rapid absorption of nutrients by the digestive organs*
  • Promotes the bioavailability of all nutrients by promoting normal absorption*
  • Helps the body's natural cleansing process*
  • Assists to stimulate the digestive enzymes*
  • Promotes normal respiratory functioning*
Side Effects

No side effects have been reported.

1. Safety evaluation of Trikatu, a generic Ayurvedic medicine in Charles Foster rats. Chanda D, Shanker K, Pal A, Luqman S, Bawankule DU, Mani D, Darokar MP.J Toxicol Sci. 2009 Feb;34(1):99-108.PMID: 19182439 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

2.Effect of an indigenous herbal compound preparation 'Trikatu' on the lipid profiles of atherogenic diet and standard diet fed Rattus norvegicus.Sivakumar V, Sivakumar S.Phytother Res. 2004 Dec;18(12):976-81.PMID: 15742354 [PubMed]

3. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies on interaction of "Trikatu" with diclofenac sodium. Lala LG, D'Mello PM, Naik SR.J Ethnopharmacol. 2004 Apr;91(2-3):277-80.PMID: 15120451 [PubMed]

4. Effect of trikatu, an Ayurvedic prescription, on the pharmacokinetic profile of rifampicin in rabbits.Karan RS, Bhargava VK, Garg SK.J Ethnopharmacol. 1999 Mar;64(3):259-64.PMID: 10363842 [PubMed]

5. An Ayurvedic formulation 'Trikatu' and its constituents. Johri RK, Zutshi U.J Ethnopharmacol. 1992 Sep;37(2):85-91. Review.PMID: 1434692 [PubMed]

6. Scientific evidence on the role of Ayurvedic herbals on bioavailability of drugs. Atal CK, Zutshi U, Rao PG.J Ethnopharmacol. 1981 Sep;4(2):229-32.PMID: 7311598 [PubMed]

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: One Capsule
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Ginger Rhizome,Black Pepper Fruit,Pippali Fruit 800 mg*
(Zingeber Officinale,Piper Nigram,Piper Longum )
Standardized Extract(20% Piperin-160mg* and 20%Gingirols-160mg*)
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsule (HPMC), Dicalcium Phosphate.
No Sugar,No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavor or Sweeteners ,Sodium Free,
No Wheat, No Glutin, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free, No Preservative, No Starch,
No Milk, No Lactose, No Corn
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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