Trivrut is one of the most potent herbs used in Ayurveda owing to it’s medicinal properties. The herb is commonly known as Indian Jalap. The herb is regarded as the safest purgative herbs used. Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Trivrut for the treatment of disorders involving vitiation of all the doshas (Vata Pitta and Kapha ) as the plant is Tridosha alleviating in nature. Trivrut is used in conditions like Fever, Haemorrhoids , Respiratory distress etc. The herb contains Phytoconstituents like turpethin, coumarin etc which aids in its purgative and laxative actions.

General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Operculina turpethum       

Family :  Convolvulaceae 

Habitat: All over India

Parts used

  • Root

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Bhedaniya varga(Laxative)

Susruta Samhita – Syamadi gana 

Pharmacological action

  • Purgative 
  • Antiinflammatory 
  • Antipyretic 
  • Antibacterial 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Recana ( Purgative )
  • Krimighna (Antimicrobial)
  • Sothahara (alleviate swelling)
  • Jwarahara (Reduces fever )

Therapeutic indications

  • Fever (Jwara)- Powder prepared from Trivrut is taken internally along with sugar to alleviate Fever
  • Jaundice (Kamala)- Daily intake of Powder of Trivrut alleviates Jaundice.


Powder (Churna )– 3 g

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 


  • Trivrutadi churna
  • Trivrutadi kwatha 
  • Trivrutadi ghrtha 

Morphology :

Perennial climber with pubescent stems. Leaves are ovate. Inflorescence is cyme. Flowers are white. Fruits are capsules.

Vernacular names of Trivrut

English – Indian Jalap

Hindi- Nisoth

Malayalam – Thrikalpakkonna

Sanskrit – Trivrut 


  • Triputa
  • Recani
  • Sarala


Rasa- Tikta (bitter) Katu (Acrid )

Guna-  Laghu (Light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid )

Virya-  Ushna ( Hot )

Prabhava – Virecaniya (Purgative )

श्वेता त्रिवृद्रेचनी स्यात्स्वादुरुष्णा समीरहृत्

रूक्षा पित्तज्वरश्लेष्मपित्तशोथोदरापहा ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu – Guducyadi varga-shloka 195)

Trivrut is Tridosha alleviating because of it’s properties like Light nature and hot potency. The herb is used to alleviate diseases like Fever, Piles etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Trivrut for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha, Vata and Pitta. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. What are the uses of Trivrut curna?

Trivrut curna is used in case of constipation.

  1. Which family Trivrut belongs to?



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