Tricycline is a microbial balancing formula that can enhance and complement the use of probiotics (friendly bacteria) and other nutrients that support gastrointestinal (GI) tract health. Black walnut, goldenseal and sweet wormwood are herbs that have been used traditionally as microbial balancers. Combining their essential components with citrus seed extract gives the formula increased potential to support balanced intestinal microbiology.
The human GI tract is actually an ecological system, harboring trillions of microorganisms, some beneficial to our health and some not. The beneficial probiotic bacteria compete for food and space with the non-beneficial, potentially damaging microorganisms that also try to make their home in the intestines. Maintaining a health-supporting internal ecological balance is part of the human bodyâ€™s natural function. The Tricycline formula has been utilized as an aid to support a healthy balance of microorganisms.
Berberine is a major active constituent of goldenseal, common barberry and Oregon grape. Goldenseal was traditionally used by Native Americans and later by Eclectic physicians for GI health, to support the immune response and to stimulate liver function. It has been studied for its potential to stimulate digestive function and support GI function. Studies on berberine suggest it has potential to support the mucous membranes. Berberine is also found in Indian Barberry (Berberis aristata), used in Ayurvedic herbology for GI support.
Pure artemisinin, or Qinghaosu, is the active constituent of the herb Artemisia annua (sweet wormwood). High quality Artemisia annua contains 0.3-0.5% artemisinin, so pure artemisinin provides hundreds of times more of the active constituent artemisinin than the whole herb itself. Research has shown artemisinin to be particularly beneficial in balancing the microbiology of the GI tract. Our artemisinin has had independent cell tests verifying its effectiveness and we also do independent HPLC potency assays.
Citrus seed extract has a decades-long history of use for support of GI system function. The citrus seed extract in Tricycline is from grapefruit and is the purest available. The juice extracted from black walnut hulls has traditionally been used for skin health and internally to support aspects of GI tract health. Black walnut hulls are rich in tannins, with powerful astringent properties.