Triphala is a classic Ayurvedic herbal formulation. In India, it’s considered the greatest and most versatile of all herbal formulations. Literally meaning “three fruits”, Triphala consists of three fruits Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Each fruit is a powerful medicine in their own right.
Triphala is most commonly known for its use as a gentle bowel tonic. It’s helpful in creating strong digestion by improving peristalsis and supporting regular bowel movements.
It is popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it. Therefore, it’s a much better choice than laxatives for supporting regular elimination.
In Ayurvedic terms, Triphala is said to have a beneficial effect on all three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
The combination of the three fruits has a synergistic effect to bolster many other systems as well. Triphala supports healthy respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, reproductive, and nervous systems. It’s a great whole system tonic.
Who should take Triphala
Caraka Samhita says Triphala is beneficial for those with sluggish digestion and have the build-up of Ama. According to this text, Triphala is said to kindle the digestive fire (deepana) and help improve digestion (panchana), allowing us to get the most nutrition from our diet.
Those who are feeling sluggish from over-indulging or eating late, large meals will benefit from taking Triphala.
Those with high Ama or toxic build-up should also take Triphala to cleanse the system. If you experience fogginess of mind, lack of appetite, stiffness in the joints, sluggish digestion, allergies or intolerances and weight issues – Ama is most likely the culprit.
How to use Triphala
The traditional way of ingesting Triphala is as a tea. This method allows one to taste the herbal formula fully. Taste is considered by Ayurveda to be an important part of the healing process.
To take Triphala as a tea, make a decoction by adding ½ teaspoon of Triphala churna/powder to a cup of hot water. Stir and allow the tea to cool, then drink.
You can also take 2-3 capsules per day.
Triphala is best taken at night before bed to harness the body’s natural detoxification process that occurs during sleep.
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