Triphala: Ancient formulation for a modern you
Posted on February 21 2018
Triphala is a simple formulation that has been used since thousands of years for restoration, rejuvenation and balance. Traditionally prescribed as a mild laxative, there are lot more beneficial effects hidden within this traditional preparation for the up-to-date you. Triphala means ‘the three fruits’. These three fruits are native to the Indian subcontinent. To understand it better, let us take a sneak peek into its three main ingredients – Amalki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki.
Triphala – The three fruits
Amalki (Emblica officinalis): This fruit has cooling effect on the Pitta Dosha and supports normal functioning of the liver and immune system. A good rejuvenator, it is full of vitamin C and helps lower cholesterol.
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Well known for its scraping effect, this fruit removes toxins and helps in the maintenance of healthy weight. Although somewhat heating in nature, it is good for all three Doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) and is particularly calming for vata. It has also shown marked anti-inflammatory effects.
Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica): This fruit is particularly good for the balance of Kapha and supports the respiratory system. It is very useful for reducing mucus within the body and has rejuvenating and detoxifying effects on blood, muscles and fatty tissues.
As evident from above, each ingredient of triphala has a specific effect on a specific dosha. This makes it a very potent formulation for balancing the Tri- Dosha. It is a very powerful Rasayana i.e. an herbal formulation that rejuvenates the body, prevents aging and promotes longevity. It is particularly rejuvenating to the digestive tract. It has a mild laxative effect and is an ideal bowel cleanser due to its gentle yet deep scrapping action. This makes it quite safe for long term use.
A glimpse into the benefits
Triphala is simple yet the best formulation for balancing your gut flora. It helps the body to digest and absorbs nutrients properly, and produces well formed bowel movements thus helping to stabilize the gut microbiome. Other benefits of Triphala are –
Mild laxative and colon cleanser
Improves the process of the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and elimination of wastes