Malolax Forte

Malolax Forte

Melolax with added beneit of trifala and Senna alexandrina (Senna is an USFDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) laxative) Triphala,

a herbal remedy (or polyherbal medicine) is a mixture of three dried fruits. In fact, Triphala literally means “three fruits” in Sanskrit. They are:

  • Amala (Emblica officinalis), also called Indian gooseberry
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

The combination of these components working together is said to be more effective than if taken separately.

This type of herbal medicine is popular in the practice of Ayurveda. Translating to “knowledge of life” in English, the goal of this 3,000-year-old practice is to provide you with recommended lifestyle changes combined with natural therapies to restore the balance of your mind, body, and spirit.

Ayurveda encourages multiple herb mixes like Triphala to treat a variety of different health issues and prevent chronic diseases. It has been touted for its ability to:

  • Aid in digestion and weight loss
  • Regulating blood sugar levels
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Preventing cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Normalize blood pressure
  • Inhibit HIV
  • Reduce tumors
  • Protect and improve liver function

While it may offer some health benefits, Triphala has not been thoroughly studied for every health condition Ayurveda uses it to treat.

Nutrition Information

In one teaspoon (2.8 grams) of Triphala powder, there is:

  • Calories: 10
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  •  Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Sugar: 0 grams

The three fruits in Triphala each have important nutrients:


Amala is high in vitamin C, essential minerals, and amino acids. It also has powerful antioxidants, such as phenols, tannins, and curcuminoids. Antioxidants help prevent damage to your cells that can lead to serious diseases such as cancer. Some test-tube studies show that gooseberry extract may have anti-cancer properties. More studies are needed to understand the benefits for humans.


Bibhitaki contains many antioxidants, such as ellagic acid, tannins, lignans, and flavones. The compounds may help to improve blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity, as well as provide anti-inflammatory effects.



Haritaki contains vitamins and minerals such as:

  • Vitamin C
  •  Copper
  •  Iron
  •  Magnesium
  •  Potassium

Like the other components of Triphala, haritaki also has powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, terpenes, and anthocyanins.

Potential Health Benefits of Triphala

The antioxidants in Triphala’s three fruits may help to boost your health. Consider these polyherbal remedy benefits:

Improve Digestive Issues

One of the oldest uses for Triphala is to treat constipation. Research shows that it may be an effective natural alternative to over-the-counter laxatives. One study shows improvement in constipation symptoms.

Another study found that Triphala may help reduce constipation and improve the consistency of bowel movements.

Aid in Weight Loss

Some research shows that Triphala may help with weight loss. One study found that people who took a small dose of Triphala everyday saw greater weight reductions than those who took a placebo.

Reduce Inflammation

The three fruits in Triphala contain many antioxidants, such as flavonoids, polyphenols, saponins, vitamin C, and more. Antioxidants can help fight free radicals in the body, reducing inflammation along with your risk of chronic diseases like diabetesheart disease, and others.

Anti-Cancer Properties

There is minimal research on Triphala’s anti-cancer properties. Some test-tube studies show that it may help to kill colon cancer cells as well as prostate cancer cells. While the studies are promising, determining the effectiveness and safety of the treatment requires more research

Protect Dental Health

The antioxidants in Triphala have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These properties may help to prevent the formation of plaque on the teeth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. One study found that a mouthwash containing Triphala reduced plaque buildup and gum inflammation.

Another study found that Triphala could help reduce plaque and gum inflammation in people who were hospitalized due to gum disease.

Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Amala, one of the three fruits in Triphala, has antioxidants that may provide antidiabetic effects. These include lowering blood sugar levels and treating nerve damage in people with type 2 diabetes.

Some other studies suggest that Triphala may help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. But there is limited research in this area.

Senna alexandrina

Senna is the fruit (pod) or leaf of the plant Senna alexandrina. It is approved in the US as a laxative for short-term treatment of constipation.

Senna contains many chemicals called sennosides. Sennosides irritate the lining of the bowel, which causes a laxative effect.

Senna is an FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) laxative. It is used to treat constipation and also to clear the bowel before procedures such as colonoscopy. People also use senna for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, weight loss, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Likely Effective for

  • Constipation. Senna is an FDA-approved nonprescription (OTC) drug for adults and children ages 2 years and older. It should be taken at bedtime and tends to work within 6-12 hours. It might cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Senna should not be used for more than 1 week without the supervision of a healthcare provider.

Possibly Effective for

  • Emptying the colon before a colonoscopy. Taking senna by mouth might help empty the colon before a colonoscopy. Prior to a colonoscopy, your doctor will recommend a specific regimen to use in order to ensure that your colon is empty prior to the procedure.

There is interest in using senna for a number of other purposes, but there isn’t enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Senna is likely safe for most adults when used for up to 1 week. Senna is an FDA-approved nonprescription (OTC) medicine. It can cause some side effects including stomach discomfort, cramps, and diarrhea.

Senna is possibly unsafe when used for longer than 1 week or in doses above 34.4 mg sennosides twice daily. Long-term use can cause the bowels to stop functioning normally and might cause dependence on laxatives. Long-term use can also cause liver damage and other harmful effects.

Special Precautions and Warnings

Pregnancy: Senna is possibly safe when taken by mouth during pregnancy for up to 1 week. It is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth for longer than 1 week or in high doses. This has been linked to serious side effects including laxative dependence and liver damage.

Breast-feeding: Senna is possibly safe when taken by mouth during breast-feeding for up to 1 week. Small amounts of senna cross into breast milk, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem for nursing babies. As long as senna is used in recommended amounts, it doesn’t cause changes in the babies’ stools.

Children: Senna is likely safe for children over age 2 when taken by mouth for up to 1 week. It is an FDA-approved nonprescription (OTC) medicine that can cause some side effects including stomach discomfort, cramps, and diarrhea. Senna is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth for longer than 1 week or in high doses. Children ages 2-5 shouldn’t take more than 8.6 mg sennosides twice daily. Children ages 6-11 shouldn’t take more than 17.2 mg sennosides twice daily. Children 12 years and older shouldn’t take more than 34.4 mg sennosides twice daily.

Gastrointestinal (GI) conditions: Senna should not be used by people with stomach pain, intestinal blockage, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, appendicitis, stomach inflammation, or hemorrhoids.


Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with SENNA

Senna is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects from digoxin.

Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with SENNA

Senna can work as a laxative. In some people, senna can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can increase the effects of warfarin and increase the risk of bleeding. If you take warfarin, do not take excessive amounts of senna.

Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with SENNA

Senna is a laxative. Some laxatives can cause diarrhea and decrease potassium levels. “Water pills” can also decrease potassium levels. Taking senna along with “water pills” might make potassium levels drop too low.

Estrogens interacts with SENNA

Taking senna might decrease the effects of estrogen. Senna can reduce the amount of estrogen in the body and how much estrogen the body absorbs.