Triphala is one of Ayurveda's gifts to us... Learn about its benefits and how you can use it in your daily life to improve immunity, digestion and to cleanse your mind & body.
If you’ve heard of or consumed Triphala, you may know it as churan or powder which is a mild laxative and blood cleanser. But did you know that it is made of the three most important herbs in Ayurveda? In fact a common Indian saying claims that if a vaidya or doctor knows how to use Triphala properly, he can heal any disease!
Triphala literally means ‘made of three fruits’, and is made of Amla (gooseberry), Harad (gallnut), and Baheda (bedda nut) . Even individually, these herbs have several advantages:
• Amla: It supports the functions of the liver, the immune system, is an anti oxidant and flushes toxins from the body. It strengthens the lungs and the respiratory tract by removing mucus. It is also good for reproductive health and heart function.
• Baheda: Supports the respiratory system & is a blood purifier. It is a detoxifier, and has anti-viral and anti-bacterial abilities. It is also good for hair health.
• Harad: It removes toxins, is good for digestion & heart health, cures skin diseases, helps maintain healthy levels of weight and is especially good for the eyes & memory.
Thanks to the synergy of these herbs, Triphala has unparalleled benefits:
• It helps regulate the digestive system, resolves hyper acidity and improves appetite. Because of these, it aids recuperation after an illness.
• It helps overcome stress and is good for the memory.
• Reduces thinning of hair, and can also darken grey hair, and so is used in several hair tonics.
• It is good for the skin and also has anti- ageing qualities as it is a powerful antioxidant.
• It improves immunity and is a blood cleanser.
• Helps maintain balance in the urinary tract and is also helps in natural colon cleansing, keeping the liver healthy and flushing out toxins.
• It promotes healthy eating habits and cravings by supplying the body with the full spectrum of natural tastes. That’s why is often used in weight management programmes.
• Supports healthy digestion and nutrient absorption.
• By helping to maintain the moisture and mucus balance in the lungs, it reduces the potential for respiratory infections.
• It also has a high nutritional value, including high levels of vitamin C.
• It’s useful in cleansing wounds and promoting healing and regeneration.
Triphala is available as powder, tablets and even syrup. While tablets are the most convenient for adults, syrup is a good option for children. Powder remains the purest form. Here are some ways in which you can use Triphala in your daily routine to make a positive change for your health:
1. Resolve constipation, clear your digestive system, and for general wellness - Have ½ teaspoon of triphala powder with luke warm water twice a day – in the morning & night. To cure chronic constipation, increase it to 1 teaspoon twice a day.
2. Cure mouth ulcers, bad breath and for general oral well being - Soak a teaspoon of triphala powder in 250 ml water overnight. Use this to rinse vigorously & spit out. This will help gms & teeth stay strong too.
3. Use as an eye wash – especially useful for dry eyes, conjunctivitis, to prevent cataract & glaucoma. Soak 1 tablespoon of powder overnight in 250 ml of water, and strain through a cloth in the morning. This can be used to wash the eyes by rinsing with the water or with an eyecup.
4. For Hair Growth: Mix ½ teaspoon Triphala powder with ½ teaspoon of Honey to form a paste. Swallow the paste with some warm water.
5. To prevent hair from thinning: Mix one teaspoon of Triphala powder with 3-4 teaspoons of Aloe Vera to make a paste. Massage into scalp and let stay for 15 minutes before rinsing with plain water. Apply 3 times a week for 3 months.
6. For obesity: Boil 1 teaspoon of triphala in water. Add a teaspoon of honey and juice of ½ lemon and consume while it is still warm. Take this mixture after adding honey to it when it is luke warm.
The only time Triphala should not be take is while trying to get pregnant, or during pregnancy