Pilot Study of Triphala and Rubia Cordifolia on Gut Microbiome and Skin

2018 (Completed)

Raja Sivamani, MD, University of California-Davis, Department of Dermatology

Herbal supplements such as Rubia cordifolia and Triphala [a mix of Emblica officinalis (Amalaki), Terminalia bellerica (Bibhitaki), and Terminalia chebula (Haritaki)] are commonly used for skin based treatments in India. However, the scientific evidence for their specific effects on the skin are scant. Rubia cordifolia is a root that is used in skin care for pigmentation and inflammation.1 Triphala is thought to have antioxidant properties and reduce inflammation in general. Herbs have been shown to modulate the gut microbiome, as previous studies have suggested that triphala may modify the gut microbiome.

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