TRIPHALA : The Three Fruits
AMAZING AYURVEDIC ENERGISER
A mild laxative used to purify the intestines
Amalaki, Emblica Officinalis
One of Ayurveda's greatest rejuvenators and a strong natural anti-oxidant, also helps to boost the immune system. Balances Pitta
Haritaki, Terminalia Chebula
The Tibetan "king of medicine", is a classic heart-brain-longevity tonic, it is often depicted in the extended palm of the Buddha. Balances Vata
Bibhitaki, Terminalia Belerica
A powerful rejuvenative that reduces liver and heart disease, also improves the voice, vision and promotes the growth of hair. Balances Kapha
- Rasa (taste) : Sweet, sour, pungent, astringent, bitter
- Virya (action) : Cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) : Sweet
- Guna (quality) : Light and dry
Doshas : VPK= (tridoshic, balances all constitutions)
Dhatus (tissues) : Rejuvenates all tissues
Srotas (systems) : Cleanses all srotas, especially eliminatiions srotas (Purishavaha, Mutravaha and Svedavaha srotas)
Prabhava (special effect) :
Rasayana, which means it builds Ojas, innate strength
Laxative, alterative, anti-inflammatory (contains Vitamin C and quercetin), carminative, expectorant, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, regulates bowel movement, improves digestion, improves circulation (cardiotonic and capillary strengthening flavonoids), potentiates adrenergic function (helps the body recover from stress), contains linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid) and phospholipids, lowers blood pressure, exerts a marked heart-protective and cardio-tonic effect, reduces serum cholesterol, improves liver function and is liver protective, prevents aging, imparts immunity and improves mental faculties, expectorant, anti-viral (HIV, AIDS, herpes, CMV), anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-allergy.
Triphala is known to be a safe hypoglycemic agent.
Traditionally used for maintaining a healthy digestive tract.
Use when there are signs of sluggishness, constipation, bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, indigestion. Can help to heal ulcers, inflammations, haemorrhoids and general dysbiosis in the gastro intestinal tract.
When there is copious coughing with clear or white phlegm Triphala is used to clear this congestion and strengthen the lungs. Signs of rhinitis, hay fever, sinusitis may also benefit.
When there are signs of toxicity in the blood - skin inflammations, acne, boils Triphala is used to detoxify the whole system. Also used in gum inflammations with bleeding gums as a mouthwash.
Triphala is widely taken for all eye diseases including the treatment of conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, the early stages of glaucoma and cataracts and for eye inflammations, styes, blepharitis.
Use an eyewash of the infusion..
In conditions of excess weight, high cholesterol, obesity.
Triphala can be used as part of a weight balancing programme. Also used to help prevent overeating and food cravings due to its balanced spectrum of flavours.
Before considering pathological indications for which triphala would be appropriate, we should never ignore the value of taking it on some regular basis whether once daily or once or twice a week simply for health maintenance.
Scientific studies have confirmed some of its known traditional benefits.
These include the lowering of cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, benefiting circulation, improving digestion and regulating elimination without causing any laxative dependency.
TRIPHALA has also proven to be antioxidant, anti-HIV and anti-allergic
Regardless of any other herbs used, triphala can be prescribed singly or adjunctively whenever there are symptoms of inflammation, heat, infection, obesity and other conditions of excess.
Because of its combined tonic and eliminative properties, it is generally quite safe to give even for deficiency diseases including anemia, fatigue, candida, poor digestion and assimilation
A popular folk saying in India says :
" No mother ? Do not worry so long as you have triphala. "
Triphala combines both nutritional as well as blood and liver cleansing (detoxifying) actions. It has little function as a local demulcent but is more of a lubricating source of nourishment and also possesses some bitter anthroquinones which help stimulate bile flow and peristalsis. The nutritional aspect is partly in the form of its bioflavonoids, high vitamin C content and the presence of linoleic oil, phospholipids and other important nutrients which it makes more of a tonic.
Because of its high nutritional content, Ayurvedic doctors generally do not regard Triphala as a mere laxative. Some of the scientific research and practical experience of people using it down through the ages has demonstrated that triphala is an effective blood purifier that stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver, helps digestion and assimilation, and significantly reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels throughout body.
As a result, it is regarded as a kind of universal panacea and is the most commonly prescribed herbal formula.
1 - 3 g per day
In one time with warm water before going to bed or in 3 times throughout the day between meals.
Amalaki in powder : 1/3
Bibhitaki in powder : 1/3
Haritaki in powder : 1/3