Triphala Health Benefits And Healing Properties
Triphala is a Sanskrit word that meaning “three fruits” thus, it is an herb consisting of 3 fruits from three trees – Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki.
It is the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formula of India and is gaining more and more popularity here in the west.
Triphala is considered the ultimate digestive tonic and provides a wide variety of healing and health benefits.
Triphala is an amazing herbal formula. It consumed most often in a powder form and is widely used in Ayurveda medicine to balance all constitutions and dosha types.
General uses of Triphala
- Acts as a complete body cleanser.
- Detoxifies and cleanse the colon
- Detoxifies and cleanses the liver
- Purifies the blood
- Enhances digestion
- Nourishes your nervous system, blood & muscle
- Improves Adrenal function
- Eliminates excess mucous
- Contains laxative properties
- Enhances the immune system
- Reduces high blood pressure.
- Has anti-viral properties
- Has anti-bacterial properties
- Has anti-cancer properties
- Has anti-allergy properties
- Has anti-mutagenic properties
- Assists in weight loss
- Reducing Fibromyalgia pain
- Reduces serum cholesterol
- Improves circulation
Healing properties and benefits of Triphala
Triphala’s historical use as a digestive cleanser and tonic has been backed up with numerous modern scientific studies.
Triphala’s nutritional aspect is largely in the form of its bioflavonoids, high vitamin C content and the presence of linoleic oil, phospholipids and other important nutrients making it more of a tonic.
Triphala is used as a cleaning agent, purifying the blood and cleansing the cells of the body. It stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver, helps with digestion & assimilation and significantly reduces serum cholesterol as well as lipid levels throughout the body.
Triphala can be used with other formulas by people who have certain degrees of liver and gall bladder congestion.
Triphala has an extremely high content of natural Vitamin C is often used as a nutritional food supplement like vitamins are in the West.
Triphala, in recent years and through a number of research studies have found it to be very effective in the treatment for various forms of cancer.
Triphala has extremely high antioxidant qualities and is used to boost the immune system.
The following is a simple breakdown of each of the individual fruits/herbs and how it relates to the doshas
Amalaki or Amla
Amalaki is known as Indian gooseberry or amla and is considered one of the best rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda. It’s a strong natural antioxidant and one amla berry contains 20 times more vitamin C than an Amla strengthens the immune system and cools the body thus balancing the Pitta dosha.
Amla also helps to strengthen and nourish the lungs and the respiratory tract by removing mucus. It helps to maintain good reproductive health in both men and women.
Amla can enhance the metabolism of iron, aids in blood circulation and maintains proper functioning of the heart. It strengthens the eyes and Its detox function helps to regenerate tissues leading to healthy skin.
Haritaki has the strongest laxative powers of the three fruits contained in triphala. In Tibet, haritaki is so highly revered that in their sacred paintings, it’s often depicted in the extended palm of the medicine Buddha.
Haritaki is extremely astringent which helps to balance Vata. It stimulates and rejuvenates the digestive system and sensory organs. Own its own, It is extremely effective in combating hemorrhoids, anaemia, gastro-intestinal problems and gall stones.
Bibhitaki is an excellent rejuvenate with both laxative and astringent properties. It eliminates excess mucous in the body, helping to balance Kapha dosha.
Bibhitaki is extremely effective for treating various lung conditions, including bronchitis and asthma. It acts as a blood purifier and internal cleanser removing harmful toxins and excess fats out of the body
It is anti-viral and anti-bacterial helping to fight infections and boost immune system.
Triphala dosage – When and how to take Triphala
Dosages can range from 500 mg to 1000 grams per day and should be preferably taken with food or after eating. Triphala can also be taken along with ghee to enhance its absorption.
Triphala is usually taken on an empty stomach, most commonly in the evening before bed. Some prefer to take it first thing in the morning, especially if taking it at bedtime makes one urinate at night.
It’s best to seek advice from an Ayurvedic practitioner to determine if and how much Triphala is right for you.
The traditional way of consuming triphala is through a tea. This method allows one to taste the herb fully, and taste is considered by Ayurveda to be an important part of the healing process. Taste starts the digestive process, and sends signals to the body as to what to expect, already initiating your body’s own inner healing.
To take triphala as a tea, make an elixir by adding ½ -1 teaspoon of triphala powder to a cup of hot water. Stir and allow the tea to cool and drink. Triphala contains five of the six tastes recognized in Ayurveda (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent), only missing the salty taste. Perhaps because the western diet is so lacking in bitter and astringent, these are the two most prominent tastes for most people, which can make drinking the tea somewhat unpleasant initially.
Triphala tablets & capsules
A common amount to take would be two tablets (1000 mgs) before bed or upon rising in the morning. This can be a better method for those who do not like the taste of Triphala tea.
Triphala side effects
Triphala is not recommended for acute diarrhea or during pregnancy. Also, extremely underweight persons should avoid using this product as it will decrease weight.
Other potential Triphala side effects may include increased amount of gastrointestinal gas. However this could be part of the cleansing process.
Ayurvedic properties of Triphala
Tastes – Triphala contains five of the six tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. The strong tasting of the bitterness induces many other beneficial digestive secretions as well.
Energetics – Triphala is balancing and beneficial for all doshas. The herb has a rejuvenating effect and is best used to help reduce excess Kapha, Pitta and to treat Vata conditions such as constipation, flatulence and indigestion.
The Triphala recipe dates back thousands of years and is referenced in the traditional Indian texts – the Charak and Sushrut Samhitas. Triphala is considered a ‘tridoshic rasayan’, having balancing and rejuvenating effects on all constitutions and elements that govern our life.