Triphala is a widely used Ayurvedic herbal formula that constitutes three herbs. Triphala literally means three fruits in Sanskrit language. True to its name, Triphala constitutes Amalaki (Amla), Bibhitaki (Baheda) and Haritaki (Harad).
The ingredients of Triphala have lots of health benefits individually. Amla is rich in Vitamin C, amino acids, essential minerals and antioxidants. Bibhitaki is also rich in many antioxidants, including tannins, lignans, flavons, etc. Haritaki contains vitamins and minerals, like iron, copper, magnesium, etc. Therefore, combining them gives more efficient results and helps cure many health issues.
Properties of Triphala
Triphala has detoxification properties that help cleanse digestive organs. It also has mild laxative properties that help prevent issues such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. It also helps improve digestion and aids weight loss.
The rejuvenating properties of Triphala help strengthen the immune system. It is also packed with antioxidants that help to get rid of tiredness and boost energy levels.
Triphala prevents the digestion and absorption of starch in the body, thus preventing the blood sugar levels from increasing post meals. This makes it beneficial for diabetic patients.
It is also a good source of Vitamin A, making it an important ingredient in many eye care-related Ayurvedic products.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Triphala help cure skin issues and heal wounds. It is also a great solution to different hair problems, such as hair fall, hair damage, dandruff, premature greying, etc.
Triphala also has the power to moderate corticosterone levels, thus keeping stress levels under check. Corticosterone, also called the stress hormone, helps you to deal with environmental stress.
Apart from all these, Triphala is also beneficial for many very specific diseases.
Due to its different health benefits, Triphala is one of the most widely used ingredients in many Ayurvedic products. It is available in different forms, such as capsules, tablets, extract, powder, tincture, tea, etc. It is also one of the most commonly prescribed Ayurvedic formulas and people are often advised to take it every day.
Is Triphala good for everyday use?
The answer is NO.
Anything, be it a herb or medicine, if taken every day, becomes a food, where the herb will not do the intended action or show any medicinal property. Instead, it becomes a habit (Saathmya) to the body.
Using Triphala every day has side effects. It loosens the intestine muscles, dries up the mucous membrane and eventually becomes a habit.
Therefore, the best way to use it is to use it for a short term, maybe for not more than six weeks, or else, your body will treat it as food. Also, it has to be used with the right vehicle, such as milk, warm water, cold water, etc. based on your health condition.
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