Triphala

Triphala is one of the most popular of all the Ayurvedic herbs. It is used on a regular basis as part of a daily health regimen because of its ability to gently but effectively cleanse and detox the digestive tract and promote the absorption of nutrients. Triphala rejuvenates the entire body and therefore supports longevity and balances all different body types. It helps treat a wide variety of digestive problems, such constipation, hyperacidity and irritable bowel syndrome. Because of its high vitamin and nutritional content, Triphala is often used as a food supplement like vitamins are in Western countries. It is also found to have high antioxidant qualities, and is even useful for treatment against noise and stress induced conditions As a result, it is regarded as a kind of universal panacea and is the most commonly prescribed herbal formula.

Triphala is composed of 3 "fruits" that act synergistically together. The 3 fruits are Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki.

Amalaki works as a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that removes excess heat from the body. It also helps to stimulate the production of red blood cells, enhance cellular regeneration, increase lean body mass, strengthen bones, and maintain healthy blood sugar level.

Haritaki supports the body's natural cleansing process by gently removing toxins that accumulate in the colon. It is also considered to increase energy, intelligence, and mental attention.

Bibhitaki is the third ingredient in Triphala. In Sanskrit, Bibhitaki means "one who keeps you away from disease." Bibhitaki is particularly effective in reducing the accumulation of fat and fluids in the body.

Each one of these herbal preparations has tremendous value individually. However, when they are combined in the form of Triphala, they work as an even more powerful tool to detoxify and strengthen the body and can help you to achieve your ideal weight.

The Benefits of Triphala

Triphala churna (powder) has been found to act as a complete body cleanser. Triphala is a mild laxative, which cleanses and tonifies the gastro-intestinal tract. Triphala's historical use as a digestive cleanser has been backed up with numerous modern scientific studies. Triphala helps to detoxify and cleanse the colon and removes gas and distention without irritating the colon.

Triphala also purifies the blood and removes toxins from the liver. Some of the scientific research and practical experience of people who have used it down through the ages has demonstrated that Triphala is an effective blood purifier that stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver and significantly reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels throughout the body. Triphala also has a marked cardio-protective effect, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure. Furthermore, Triphala benefits a person, by removing excess fats out of the body, nurturing voice quality, strengthening hair roots, enriching hair color and improving eyesight. It also helps to reduce fibromyalgia pain.

Triphala powder also has nutritional properties. It contains anthraquinones that help in stimulating peristalsis. Triphala is quite rich in one of the powerful antioxidants, polyphenols, which reduces oxidative stress on the body. The presence of a high amount of vitamin C not only builds immunity but also helps in maintain good reproductive health in both genders. It nourishes and strengthens the respiratory tract and the lungs, helping a variety of lung conditions, including bronchitis & asthma.

Triphala Use

The traditional way of ingesting triphala is as a tea. This method allows one to taste the herb fully, and taste is considered by Ayurveda to be an important part of the healing process. Taste starts the digestive process, and sends signals to the body as to what to expect, already initiating your body's own inner pharmacy.

Triphala contains five of the six tastes recognized in Ayurveda (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent), only missing the salty taste. Perhaps because the Western diet is so lacking in bitter and astringent, these are the two most prominent tastes for most people, which can make drinking the tea somewhat unpleasant initially. Over time, as the system becomes more balanced, it is not uncommon for the taste one perceives to evolve into a sweet experience.

Triphala Tea

To take triphala as a tea, make a decoction by adding 1/2 teaspoon of triphala powder to a cup of hot water. Stir and allow the tea to cool and drink. Triphala is usually taken on an empty stomach, most commonly in the evening before bed. Some prefer to take it first thing in the morning, especially if taking it at bedtime makes one urinate at night.

Weightloss

Triphala can be used in the following way for a weightloss plan. Each evening take the following mixture at bedtime.
  1. To 1/2 cup of warm water, add the following ingredients:
  2. 1/2 teaspoon of Triphala powder
  3. 1 teaspoon unflavored, uncolored psyllium fiber
  4. 1 teaspoon ground organic flax seeds

How to store Triphala powder

Keep your Triphala powder in a cool, dark, dry place.

References

  1. http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/kulreet-chaudhary-md/fighting-fat-ayurveda-part-2
  2. http://www.shareayurveda.com/content/139-Triphala
  3. http://www.triphalapowderbenefits.com/