Trikatu Health Benefits And Healing Properties
Trikatu meaning “3 peppers” or “3 pungents” is an Ayurvedic herb consisting of three Indian spices – Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum), Indian Long Pepper (Piper Longum) and Ginger (Zingiber Officinale).
Trikatu consists mainly of the fire element and is therefore very hot and stimulating in nature.
Trikatu is consumed usually in a powder form and is widely used in Ayurveda medicine to treat specific conditions and dosha types.
It is a medicinal or dietary herbs most often used for digestion and to reduce “ama” or toxins in the body.
General uses of Trikatu
• Cough and cold
• Flatulence (gas)
• High cholesterol
• Absorption of nutrients
Healing properties and benefits of Trikatu
Trikatu is excellent for the liver, spleen and pancreas as it helps to stimulate and increase the functions of these organs.
Trikatu also helps to stimulate the stomach to produce enzymes, thus enhancing digestion. It enhances the “digestive fire” necessary for the breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients in the GI tract.
Trikatu is also good for the respiratory system and can help get rid of mucous. Therefore it can be very beneficial for someone who suffers from cough, cold or flu.
Trikatu when used along with other herbs can enhance the bio-availability of other active constituents in those herbs. As a result many Ayurvedic herbal formulas will contain Trikatu making those formulas more effective.
Trikatu can help with food cravings because it helps the body assimilate the necessary nutrients from food thereby having a chemical effect on certain receptors of specific cells.
Trikatu has been shown through clinical trials to reduce LDL and triglycerides levels in people with high-fat diets. It also increased HDL levels – healthy cholesterol levels.
Trikatu dosage – When and how to take Trikatu
Dosages can range from 300 mg to 3 grams per day and should be preferably taken with food or after eating. Trikatu can also be taken along with honey or ghee to enhance its absorption.
It’s best to seek advice from an Ayurvedic practitioner to determine if and how much Trikatu is right for you.
If you are blending your own Trikatu and not taking it in a capsule form it may be too spicy to taste. Therefore it can be added to your food or meal and used as a spice and taken along with the food.
Trikatu side effects
Because of its hot potency and fiery nature, Trikatu could actually worsen gastritis and ulcers.
It may cause burning sensation in higher doses.
Ayurvedic properties of Trikatu
In Ayurveda Trikatu is used as an expectorant, carminative, and stimulant, to help treat coughs & colds and indigestion.
Tastes – Trikatu is pungent in taste.
Energetics – Trikatu is heating in nature. Trikatu can be beneficial for all doshas but can aggravate pitta due to its fiery nature.
The herb has an energizing effect and is best used to help reduce excess Kapha and to treat Vata conditions such as constipation, flatulence and indigestion.