TRIPHALA – ANCIENT AYURVEDIC MEDICINE
Triphala is one of the most potent and versatile ayurvedic formulations. It is used frequently to treat a number of ailments ranging from better digestive activity to joint pain and even cancer. It is prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners and can be consumed as recommended. Typically, it is taken in the form of
powder, however it can be used in other ways as well.
WHAT IS TRIPHALA?
Triphala is an ayurvedic medicine which is a combination of 3 fruits: amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. These three powerful fruits when combined together have the unique quality of embodying all five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and astringent. This makes Triphala a complete medicine which can be used for different body types based on dosha, vata, pitta or kapha. Haritaki has shown to be extremely beneficial for vata dosha, bibhitaki for kapha dosha and amalaki for pitta dosha. All 3 are typically present in equal amounts in this medicine. However, in some cases, depending on the condition to be
treated, the proportions may be varied.
CONSTITUENTS OF TRIPHALA AMALAKI
Amalaki is the most powerful ingredient in Triphala. It is also the only fruit which has a cooling effect. This is extremely important for relieving mental stress as well as regulating body functions. Amalaki has been used in Chyawanprash, a jam-like herbal medicine which has numerous health benefits as well.
This fruit is extremely vital for heart health. Amalaki is a source of vitamin C and has powerful antioxidant properties. It helps the gastrointestinal system and also controls the intensity of the
digestive fire or agni. Amalaki helps remove toxins from the body and aids in better liver function as well.
Haritaki is a highly revered fruit in Ayurveda. It has extreme rejuvenating and restorative properties. This fruit can be mildly heat inducing, however, when combined in the powerful Triphala with the other two fruits, it balances the overall effect. It is used for its intense detoxification properties which help cleanse the body from the inside out. It is extremely beneficial for the liver.
Bibhitaki is the third fruit in Triphala. This fruit has the property of “scraping”. It attracts and helps rid the body of all fats, toxins and ama. This makes it a vital part of this three-fruit formulation. It helps in promoting mental health and well-being. Kapha related problems such as cough, congestion, weight gain, and excessive ama are all tackled by bibhitaki.
BENEFITS OF TRIPHALA
● Potent anti-aging properties
● Helps reduce possibility of cancer
● Promotes digestion and elimination
● Aids in detoxification
● Stabilizes blood sugar
● Has powerful antimicrobial effects
● Helps lower cholesterol
● Improves mental health
HOW TO USE TRIPHALA
Triphala can be used in a number of ways to treat various ailments.
● As a powder, which can be taken daily; directly on the tongue, or as a pill.
● As Triphala oil to improve hair growth.
● As eyedrops, for better vision.
● As an oil for oil pulling.