Triphala, an ancient herbal blend, is one of the most commonly used herbal remedies in the Ayurvedic system of healing. Triphala exactly means ‘three fruits’ i.e. three myrobalans. It is a combination of the 3 essential myrobalans. These are amalaki fruit (Embelica officinalis ), bibhitaki fruit (Terminalia belerica ), and haritaki fruit (Terminalia chebula ). In preparing triphala, these fruits are dried, ground into powder, and then blended together according to the precise directions of Ayrurvedic tradition.
Triphala is useful for all body types and a variety of conditions. It is to tone and strengthen the digestive system, particularly in cases of weak digestion and constipation . Triphala is a gentle laxative that can be used daily and is not habit-forming, and has no adverse effects on the intestinal flora (the microorganisms that aid digestion). It is very useful to improve the function of the stomach and intestines, and is also prescribed for cases of excess stomach acid. Triphala regulates and detoxifies the bowels, improves overall health by increasing the efficiency and absorption of digestion, and reduces gas . It has a balancing effect on the body's metabolism, and is prescribed to restore appetite. The herbal compound also helps the body to eliminate excess fat, by improving metabolism. Because of its gentle properties, triphala is recommended as a digestive aid for the elderly and for those with sensitive stomachs.
In addition to restoring the balance of the digestive tract, triphala is used as a blood builder and purifier, and may increase red blood cell count and hemoglobin levels. It can also be prescribed for diabetes, for its balancing effect on blood sugar levels. It also has anti-cholesterol and anti-mucus properties in the body. Triphala is believed to strengthen the kidneys and liver, and is prescribed for hepatitis sufferers.
Triphala is a source of vitamin C and is believed to improve the function of the immune system. The herbs in Triphala have anti-inflammatory properties. The remedy is prescribed for gout , a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the body, and other inflammatory conditions. Triphala is said to have a calming and tonic effect on the nervous system, and is recommended for Alzheimer'sdisease and other degenerative disorders of the nervous system.
Another use for Triphala is to strengthen the eyes, particularly in cases of cataracts, glaucoma , and conjunctivitis . It can be used as an eyewash and may reduce soreness and redness in the eyes. Triphala can also be applied topically to the skin to speed the healing of bruises and sunburn.
Dosage : As this is a digestive tonic and laxative, it is best to take in the evening.
02 capsules after dinner and 30 minutes before bed time with warm water. Do not eat anything for one and a half hours after swallowing the capsules. As triphala is not addictive, it can be taken over long periods of time.
Triphala is not recommended during pregnancy or nursing, and should not be used with cases of diarrhea and dysentery.
The use of triphala may increase intestinal gas at first, as a possible by-product of the cleansing and detoxification effects in the digestive tract. Loose stools or diarrhea may indicate too high a dosage, and the amount ingested should be reduced.