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Ayurveda is probably the oldest system of medicine in the world, going back to several thousands of years. For the same reason, it relies on medicinal herbs and prevention of diseases more than the cure. According to Ayurveda, the key to health is the balancing of the three doshas of the body.

One of the staples in Ayurveda which is believed to balance all three doshas is the wonder drug Triphala, which literally translates to ‘three fruits’. Triphala is a combination of three fruits which have immense therapeutic benefits.

The three fruits all of which are available in India are: the Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis), belleric myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica) and the black myrobalan (Terminalia chebula).

The Indian gooseberry or amla as it is commonly called is by itself a treasure-house of nutrients. The small green fruit is rich in Vitamin c, minerals and amino acids and has high immunity boosting properties. It is even believed to help prevent cancer, even. Amla extract has been proven to inhibit the growth of ovarian cancer cells while the gallic acid present in the fruit improves the absorption of blood sugar. For the same reason, consuming amla on a daily basis, either pickled or raw, is a common practice in India and highly recommended. Above all, dried amla can add sheen and strength to one’s hair when applied as a paste or mixed with carrier oils on the hair.

The black myrobalan or haritaki has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can relieve constipation and stomach related ailments.

The belleric myrobalan or Bibhitaki is a fruit used for preventing bacterial and viral infections. Bibhitaki is also believed to help diabetes and blood sugar, and together these three fruits can boost one’s general health in multiple ways in the form of Triphala.

Triphala is believed to prevent premature aging, as it boosts the production of collagen, besides speeding up the healing of wounds on the skin. It can be a powerful laxative when consumed in larger quantities. A regular detox of the stomach is often recommended with Triphala, and the process is believed to rid the stomach and the body of toxins. It has also been found to regular bowel movements and ease symptoms of gastrointestinal diseases.

Consuming Triphala powder on a daily basis can also aid weight loss, especially stubborn belly fat. Studies also show that Triphala reverses the effects of extreme stress on the body, while its anti-inflammatory properties relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

The benefits of Triphala for dental health are also manifold.  Its antimicrobial properties can prevent gum inflammation, and the formation of cavities. Triphala is being used in mouthwashes outside India as well today and also to treat periodontal disease, gingivitis, plaque and sores in the mouth.

At the same time, if one is taking allopathic drugs, one has to consult an expert Ayurvedic practitioner to make sure there are no harmful interactions. Triphala is not recommended for patients who take blood thinners and certain antidepressants, neither for pregnant women or lactating mothers.

Triphala is available in different forms, as powder, capsule or in liquid form and should ideally be taken on an empty stomach. The powdered variety can be mixed with ghee, warm water or honey. 


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