Triphala, an Ayurvedic formula
Triphala is an Ayurvedic polyherbal formula, which can be taken very regularly as you would a food supplement. In Sanskrit, Tri means three and Phala means fruit. The three fruits combined are Amalaki Emblica officinalis, Haritaki Terminalia Chebula and Bibhitaki Terminalia Bellerica.
Each of these singular fruits are very useful in their own rights and are often used on their own in Ayurveda. However, when the three are combined together the magic occurs through the synergistic effects of them together.
Digestive tract cleaning agent
Triphala creates a gentle laxative effect and promotes good bowel habits without creating a dependency on the formula, as can sometimes happened with other herbal remedies. It has benefits for the entire gastrointestinal tract. Click here to find out more.
Promotes good liver and gall bladder function
Some of the benefits to the digestive system come from the action Triphala has on the liver and gall bladder. Triphala encourages bile secretion and activity within the liver thus helping to purify the blood.
Triphala is packed with Antioxidants and Vitamin C. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals which would otherwise damage cells. This therefore helps promote better long-term health and has immunomodulatory potential.
Triphala contains sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. It only lacks the salty taste. Its combined action is slightly heating in nature. Due to this blend of qualities it makes it balancing to all types of constitutions. Although, it can be combined with other herbs or foods in order to accentuate certain properties. There has even been research conducted into the potential of using it in conjunction with Antibiotics to reduce antibiotic resistance. Click here to find out more.
Owing to this balancing nature it can be used by nearly everyone if they feel like they need to bring a bit of balance back to their bodies.
How to use Triphala
½ – 1 tsp of Triphala powder can be taken once per day in a small amount of warm water. To promote good bowel function or support lung health it is best taken before bed.
If you are looking to stabilise blood sugar levels or assist with fat metabolism then it can be better to take it first thing in the morning an hour before food.
Warning: it can have quite an acquired taste. To begin with it may taste very astringent and this is then followed by a sweet taste after a while. It is worth persevering with the odd taste as having the powder in your mouth promotes good gum health. If you cannot stand it though tablets can be used as an alternative. Triphala should not be used during pregnancy or if you are suffering from loose bowel movements.
As always it is best to consult an Ayurvedic Practitioner before use.