Trivrit is an important Ayurveda herb, used in treatment of Kapha and Pitta dominant disorders. Apart from being useful as a medicinal herb, it is also a very important herb used in Panchakarma treatment called as Virechana – Purgation treatment.
Botanical Name: Operculina turpethum(L.) silva Manse( Convolus turpethum L Ipomeoea turpethum (L) R. Br)
Family– CONVOLVULACEAE – Trivrit Kula
English Name- India Jalap, Saint Thomas Lidpod, Trasparent wood rose, Turpeth root
Hindi Name- Nisoth – निशोथ, Panila – पनिला, Pithori – पिठोरी
Telugu Name- Tegade – తెగడ
Bengali Name- Tevudi – त॓वूडी
Marathi Name- Nisottar, Nishottar,
Gujarathi Name- Nasttara
Tamil Name- Sivadai, Adimbu – சரளம், kumpncan, paganrai
Malayalam Name- Chivaka
Kannada Name- Vilitigada, aluthi gida, bangada balli, bilitigade, devadanti, nagadanti
Abdominal distension, constipation
Fine powder in abdominal distension and constipation:
Shweta trivrit is made into fine powder and taken in the dose of 250-750 mg along with a cup of warm milk or lukewarm water. In case of severe constipation associated with haemorroids, decoction of raisins (dry grapes) is used as after drink along with this powder.
This relieves abdominal distension, burping and constipation.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) – 1 tablespoon of powder is added with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
Abdominal disorders, skin diseases
The roots cooked with cow’s milk for chronic abdominal disorders and skin diseases:
The shweta trivrit root is cleaned well or washed with water and then cooked with milk. This is taken in the dose of 20-30 ml in adults and 5-10 ml dose in children. This is effective in chronic abdominal pain, eczema, allergic dermatitis.
Abdominal pain, distension
Fine powder of Shweta trivrit, Triphala, Ajwayin and Rock salt in abdominal pain, distension of abdomen and constipation:
The drugs Shweta trivrit, Triphala (Three myrobalans), Ajwain and Rock salt are taken in equal amount and fine powder is made. This is taken in the dose of 3-5 gram along with buttermilk in case of IBS, haemorroids etc. Lukewarm water or jeerakarishtha is used as after drink (vehicle) for abdominal pain, distension of abdomen and constipation.
Dilute decoction of Shweta trivrit in oozing and scaling skin diseases:
5 gram of trivrit is cooked with 200 ml water and reduced to 50 ml. This decoction is taken in cases like oozing and scaling skin diseases.
Fine paste of Trivrit and turmeric for abscess and ulcers:
Fine paste made out of turmeric and trivrit is applied in chronic oozing skin diseases (Tankana bhasma can also be used). This application is very useful in chronic ulcers and wounds.
Ayurveda believes that all diseases are results of indigestion or reduced digestive fire. Due to this toxins are increased in the body, mainly in the intestine. So, in all diseased conditions removal of the toxins is the priority and the drugs like Trivrit, Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Draksha (Raisins) will safeguard the body and channels by expelling out the toxins from their main site of manifestation.
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Operculina turpethum – medicinal properties
Rasa (Taste) – Bitter – Titka, Pungent – Katu
Guna (qualities)- lightness – Laghu, Dryness – Rooksha, Strong, piercing – Teekshna
Vipaka- Katu – undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion.
Veerya- Ushna – hot potency
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Pitta and Kapha. It increases Vata Dosha.
Prabhava – Special effect – Rechana – causes purgation.
Part used, Dosage
Part Used- root bark, Leaves
Trivrit Dosage- Powder 1-3 grams in divided dose per day.
Of all the herbs useful in easy purgation, Operculina turpethum is the best.
Because of its strong, pungent and piercing nature, it helps in losing weight.
It is useful to relieve constipation
Krumihara – useful in worm infestation, infected wounds
Shleshmodara – useful in ascites
Jvaraghna – useful in fever
Shophahara – useful in inflammation
Panduhara – useful in anemia, early stage of liver disorders
Pleeha – Disease of the spleen, Splenomegaly
Hrudroga – useful in heart disorders,
Vatasruk – useful in gout,
Udavartahara – relieves bloating, gas distension in abdomen
In hemorrhoid treatment, it is administered along with Triphala Churna
Efficacy against paracetamol induced liver toxicity
Trivrit side effects –
Operculina turpethum root, if used excessively, or if used in people with low strength, it causes burning sensation, dizziness, twitching pain of abdomen and sever purgation.
Hence, in most of Ayurveda formulations, its root bark only is used in place of root.
To avoid its side effect, it is usually used in combination with ginger, dill seeds, rock salt or sugar candy.
It is best avoided during pregnancy and lactation.
It should be used in minimal dosage of 125 – 250 mg in children.
Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurvedic medicines with Trivrit ingredient –
Krimighatini Bati – useful in intestinal worm infestation
Abhayarishta – useful in hemorrhoids, constipation
Chandraprabha Vati – useful in skin and liver disorders
Kankayana Vati – useful in piles, fistula, sinuses.
Miscellaneous uses of Trivrut:
In case of skin diseases where the skin lesions are numb and absolutely anesthetic, if there is absence of sweating and itching, then they are rubbed with the brush made of stem of Trivrut so as to initiate bleeding. This is described as a method of blood letting therapy to treat skin diseases. Reference: Charaka Chikitsasthana 7/56
Trivrit for Virechana
Milk boiled with Trivrit and castor seeds(eranda) is used in the treatment of ascites due to Pitta imbalance (Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana, 13th chapter).
Trivrit for hemorrhoids
Trivrit (Operculina turpethum) along with Triphala churna for oral intake, is told as a remedy for hemorrhoids. (Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 14th chapter)
Tribhandi, Triputa, Trivrit- Stem is triangular in shape
Sarala, Suvaha, Rechani – causes purgation
Ardhachandra, Kumuda Gandhini.
Charaka – Bhedaniya – herbs that have piercing and purgation action
Adhobhagahara – group of herbs useful in Virechana.
Trivrit (Nisoth) is of two kinds viz; Shyama (black) and Shukla or Aruna( white / red)
The white variety is identified as Murva – Marsdenia tenacissima
It is commonly found on the roadsides across India, upto 1000 square feet.
Major Chemical Constituents
a and B- Turpethins, Scopoletin, Turpethinic acids A, Turpethin, Scopoletin, coumarin. etc (Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna VIjnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)
The root contains active constituent by name A-turpethin and B-turpethin. Considerable amount of lignin and ferrous oxide is also present in this herb.
Another variety of the plant is Krishna/ Shyama trivrit is considered to be more purgative and should be used with more precautions.
The roots are sweet mixed bitter in taste, hot in potency and dry in nature.
The plant is Kaphapittahara and pacifies the oedema and abdominal disorders.