Ayurveda,the ancient system of medicine, healthcare and well being places immense importance on Triphala. Triphala is a herbal mix made of Amla, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki, 3 fruits dried and powdered in equal measure; hence the name.
Amla : one of the most important herbs in ayurveda, it is packed with Vitamin C, anti oxidants twice that of acai berries, fiber, is anti inflammatory in nature, boosts immunity, is good for hair & skin, improves blood circulation, improves eyesight and regulates blood sugar. Amla also aids in weight loss, by boosting metabolism & enabling faster digestion.
Haritaki: This wonder herb improves digestion, reduces acidity, regulates body temperature, purifies the urinary system, improves health of the female reproductive system, strengthens the nerves and detoxifies the body.
Bibhitaki: This is a berry that acts as an efficient natural detoxifier, it expels wast from the body, cleanses the kidneys lungs and skin, is an expectorant, slows down ageing, regulates cholesterol & blood pressure, is germicidal in nature, and combats the effects of pollution and smoke.
While as each of the 3 fruits have their own benefits, when consumed together, these benefits get added for better results.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TRIPHALA
1 . Improves Eyesight
Amla strengthens eye muscles and cleanses the eyes of foreign objects. Haritaki or harad prevents eye conditions like cataract & glaucoma. Regular use of triphala water has been known to improve vision and slow down deterioration of the eyes and conditions related to it. Mix 1-2 tablets or ½ teaspoon of triphala Powder in 300 ml of water, soak overnight. Filter this mix and use it to wash your eyes with, every morning. For best results use a copper vessel to store the Triphala water.
2 . Regulates Metabolism
Good metabolism is the key to good health. Ayurveda states that all ailments rise from a sluggish metabolism. Triphala is a detoxifier, it jump starts the excretory system, cleans the urinary system, improves the digestive system and purifies blood, all functions which help keep one hale and hearty for years. Start with 1-2 triphala tables once a week. It is recommended that triphala tablets be consumed over a weekend the first time as it is laxative in nature.
3 . Helps Lose Weight
Bibhitaki helps remove excess fat from the body, prevents accumulation of fat and helps expend any dietary fat. For those wanting to lose weight, drink a tea made with triphala 2 times a week 45 minutes after dinner. Mix ½ teaspoon of triphala powder in a cup of hot water, add 1 tablespoon honey and a little lemon juice for a healthy weight reducing formula.
4 . Boosts Immunity
Amla is packed with Vitamin C which is an immunity booster; it also helps the body assimilate iron which increases the level of haemoglobin in blood. Haritaki helps curing skin diseases, heals wounds faster, and boosts immunity. Bibhitaki helps the body fight bacterial and viral infections. Mix 1 teaspoon of Triphala powder and 1 table spoon of honey and take it before bed once a week to start with, increase gradually to 2-3 times a week.
5 . Improves Digestion
Triphala is especially recommended for those who have digestive problems, from constipation to bloating and flatulence. Regular use of triphala, helps regulate bowel movements, relieves gas, strengthens rectal muscles & nourishes the digestive tract. Mix ½ a teaspoon of triphala powder with water and drink on an empty stomach early in the morning 2-3 times a week.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
-Triphala is a very powerful medicine and not free from side effects, it must be consumed with caution.
-Pregnant women, people suffering from diabetes, cannot consume triphala.
-Excessive use can lead to stomach issues, gas and bloating, loose motions and dehydration. Stop intake if you experience any of these symptoms.
-Triphala is definitely beneficial and can be consumed without worrying about side effects, the rule is to start with mild doses and find a dosage and frequency that you are comfortable with.