Let me tell you this harsh truth.
Modern Medicines treat the symptoms and suppress them. What we need prevention and not just symptomatic treatment. Ayurveda addresses a medical condition by pulling it off its root. Ayurveda can treat, cure and above all, prevent ailments. It works on your immunity boosting the body’s resistance to ailments. And, prevention is better than cure!
Triphala is a very powerful classical formulation in Ayurveda.
It aims at immune activation to protect the body from infections. Triphala is one of the longest used Ayurvedic supplement for overall health. Triphala is undoubtedly one of the ancient remedies known to man. Most of us know the healing properties of Triphala. But, do we use them the right way? Triphala can work wonders for your respiratory system, digestive system and act as your natural beauty aid.
What makes Triphala makes it really special!
What is Triphala made of?
Triphala is a rasayana (rejuvenator). It contains three herbal fruits namely; Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). These are potent herbs from Mother Nature which can work their charm on the multifold functions in the human body. Hence the right definition for Triphala as a natural rejuvenator (rasayana).
In order to know Triphala well, you should know its herbs.
Triphala (meaning Three Fruits in Sanskrit) contains three herbs namely, Amla, Haritaki and Bibhitaki.
Amalaki: Another Sanskrit name for Amalaki (Amla/Indian Gooseberry) is “dhathri” which means “mother” or “nurse”. This indicates that Amalaki is the ultimate carer and healer.
- Amla strengthens the heart.
- It cleanses the liver naturally and protects it.
- It helps to nourish “rakta dhatu” and reduces chances of anaemia. Indian Gooseberry is rich in Vitamin C content.
- It reduces inflammation in the digestive tract and assists the bowels.
- Amla is a “medhya rasayana” that influences the clarity and calmness of the mind.
- It has micro-circulatory stimulating properties and “ojas” enhancing properties. Thus it can treat Metabolic Disorder like diabetes (pittaja prameha).
- It is an immune restorative agent.
Haritaki: Haritaki is a remover of diseases, one that is named after “Hara” (another name of Lord Shiva).
- Haritaki is considered to be the best herb for the digestive system and lungs.
- Its laxative effect is due to its sennosides which is helpful in constipation. It also contains tannins that treat diarrhoea. The prescribed dosage of Haritaki is 6grams in case of constipation and 2 grams for diarrhoea.
- It increases the digestive fire and clears the “aama” (toxins).
- It is effective in the treatment of piles.
- It sends accumulated “vata” downwards and helps to clear weak voice, wheezing and asthma.
Bibhitaki: Bibhitaki has the ability to clear all kapha accumulations.
- It clears the phlegm and congestion particularly from the upper part of the body.
- In pitta-kapha problems like diarrhoea, colitis, crohn’s disease, intestinal inflammation and parasites, Bibhitaki has a dual action of being both astringent and laxative.
- It treats urinary bladder stones and cloudy urine due to kapha.
- Bibhitaki is effective in poor sleep and insomnia.
And its benefits are endless.
- Triphala Churna is a general health tonic that restores immunity. The best way to consume Triphala is early in the morning on an empty stomach with warm water. It is also recommended to take Triphala with ghee or honey depending on the medical requirement.
- Triphala tackles acidity, gastric troubles and digestive problems.
- Triphala helps to lower high cholesterol.
- Triphala helps to lower blood sugar levels in diabetes.
- Triphala is a safe, natural laxative. It is useful in the treatment of constipation and piles.
- Triphala improves eyesight and is effective in eye disorders. One suffering from eye diseases or related problems should consume 3-4 grams Triphala powder mixed with unequal quantity of honey and ghee on empty stomach. Patoladi ghrita can be used as adjuvant, in case of eye diseases. On a side note, Triphala is also used to wash the eye. Washing the eyes with a decoction made of Triphala is effective in case of conjunctivitis, dry eyes, eye inflammation and eye strain. This procedure is called as “netra kriya kalpa” in Ayurveda and should be done under the supervision of an Ayurvedic Doctor.
- It cleanses and purifies blood. It also enhances blood circulation.
- Triphala aids weight loss by removing excess fat from the body. For weight loss, soak 1 teaspoon of Triphala Churna in hot water at night and take this in the morning. Triphala can be also be taken in warm water at bed time.
- It strengthens the reproductive system in both men and women.
- It helps you to breathe easy by cleansing the respiratory organs.
- Triphala is Tridoshic and is suitable for people of all three doshas.
- Triphala is suitable for long term use. It can be used for 4 – 6 months.
- It nourishes hair and renders natural colour to it. This property is due to the presence of Amla and Bibhitaki. Triphala can be used both internally and externally in case of hair and scalp problems. Triphala is a natural hair cleanser. Hair pack made of Triphala churna with fresh aloe vera gel is a good home remedy to nourish hair and promote hair growth.
- Triphala is your ultimate herbal acne treatment!
- Cleanse your face with rose water. Make a facial mask with Organic Triphala Churna, turmeric, honey and purified water. Apply this mask and wash off gently when dry.
- Make a paste of chick pea flour and Triphala Churna in rose water. Use this mask for clear skin.
- Depending on the skin type use honey/ neem/ mint juice or lemon juice with Triphala for your instant home made face mask.
Is Triphala suitable for everyone?
The contraindications of Triphala are limited. Triphala should not be taken by pregnant women and lactating mothers unless prescribed by the doctor. For people with a sensitive stomach, it may cause loose stools. As Triphala is cleansing (Shodhana) in nature, it is not usually recommended for thin people. However, a thin adult can take half a teaspoon of Triphala along with a teaspoon of ghee at night. The nourishing qualities of ghee would negotiate the cleansing effect of Triphala.
The only problem perhaps with Triphala is its bitter taste. It is not congenial to everybody’s liking. For those who cannot tolerate its bitterness especially on an empty stomach they can try Triphala tablets.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Triphala it is better to avoid using it internally and externally.
Got more questions on Triphala? We will be happy to answer! 🙂
My sincere gratitude to Dr. Arati Varma who provided me with the relevant information for this post.
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