Triphala : Health Benefits

Triphala consists of two words, ‘’Tri’’ and ‘’phala’’. Tri= three and phala= fruit, means three fruits. It is a traditional herbal formulation consisting of three fruits native to the Indian subcontinent i.e, Amalaki (Embelica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki or Bahera (Terminalia belerica).

 Benefits of Triphala

  •          Regulates the bowel movements
  •          Improve the digestion and absorption
  •          Natural antioxidant
  •          Nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues
  •          Natural laxative and colon cleanser
  •          Boosts immunity
  •          Anti-inflammatory and arthritis helper
  •          Improves eyesight
  •          Strengthens hair roots 
  •          Reduces dark circles
  •          Natural laxative and colon cleanser
  •          Anti-inflammatory and arthritis helper
  •          Relieves bone and joint pain

Triphala is mainly used as a gentle bowel remedy. It is very helpful in digestion and absorption. The main function of this combination is on the GI tract (Gastro Intestinal Tract). Triphala has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant, protecting the tissues from various damage effects of free radicals. The three fruits are also known for their individual effects:

Amalaki (Embelica officinalis): Has a cooling effect that manages pitta.

 

Rasa (Taste): Sour, bitter, astringent. Secondarily pungent and sweet.
Virya (Potency): Cooling
Vipaka (Post Digestive Effect): Sweet
Guna (Quality): Light, dry
Tissue (Dhatu): All tissues are affected, especially blood and muscles
Channel (Srotas): Circulation, digestion and elimination

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): It is still good for all three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha), though having a heating nature.

Rasa (Taste): mainly astringent, sweet, sour, pungent, bitter.
Virya (Potency): warm.
Vipaka (Post Digestive Effect): Sweet.
Guna (Quality): light and dry. 

Bibhitaki or Bahera (Terminalia belerica):  Is particularly good for kapha. Bibhitaki is another powerful ancient rejuvenator with detoxifying qualities on the blood, muscles, and fatty tissue of the body.

Rasa (Taste): Astringent
Virya (Potency): Warm
Vipaka (Post Digestive Effect): Sweet
Guna (Quality): Light, Dry

Dosha Balance:

Triphala can also be used for balancing of tridosas. This is due to its relationship with your ability to taste, and your Rasa Dhatu, or plasma. In Ayurveda, the sense of taste is considered divine by nature. In order to have healthy, nourishing plasma to feed your other body tissues, you must try to get a steady supply of all six tastes. This dynamic is part of what allows the taste-holding Triphala to have its unique effect.

 Triphala and Weight Loss:

Triphala can be used for weight loss in condition of excess weight. Triphala also improves digestion and boosts metabolism in the individuals. Proper digestion and elimination are important factors in achieving long-term success in maintaining an optimal body weight. It helps in getting rid of the harmful toxins from your body. All these factors are the actual causes of weight gain. Thus, by eliminating these factors, Triphala helps in losing weight successfully. So triphala is very helpful in that matter.

      Traditional  Uses of Triphala:

The Caraka Samhita, one of the main text book of Ayurveda, promotes haritaki and amalaki for rasayana or rejuvenation of the body. The book describes Haritaki as a remover of diseases. Ayurveda also views triphala as a nourishing supplement known for its ability to rejuvenate healthy tissues, allowing one to age gracefully.


Uses of Triphala in daily life:

·         Triphala Tea:  ½ teaspoon Triphala powder + 1cup hot water → Drink
·         Triphala Tablets:  2 tablets of 500mg should take regularly in the morning in empty stomach.
·         Triphala Powder for Eye Wash: 1 teaspoon Triphala Powder soaked into a glass of water at night→ Strain the water through muslin cloth in the morning and wash eyes with the water. Remember that the water must be drinking water.


Contraindications:

It is mainly contraindicated in diarrhea, dysentery, and pregnancy. However, like most herbal remedies, negative side effects are usually the result of improper or misinformed use.

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