Triphala, commonly known as triphala churna is a herbal formulation that is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. As the name suggests, it is a churna (mixture) which includes three Ayurvedic herbs namely amla, harad and baheda. This is the reason, triphala churna is more effective than using the individual herbs to boost immunity and improve overall health.
Here’s how triphala churna boosts immunity
Amla: It is rich in Vitamin C, which acts as a potent antioxidant to eliminate free radicals. According to Ayurveda, it is known to be effective for balancing the pitta dosha.
Harad: It is a traditional medicine of India that is used to reduce inflammation in the body. It also has immuno-modulatory properties that increase the production of white blood cells (WBC) or immune cells and macrophages, which play a key role in fighting infections. According to Ayurveda, harad balances all three doshas but it is more effective in treating vata dosha related problems.
Baheda: It helps fight bacteria, yeasts and moulds. It is also rich in gallic acid, a compound which enhances the ability to engulf the bacteria after killing them (phagocytic activity of macrophages). Moreover, it also stimulates the immune system. As per Ayurveda, this herb balances kapha and pitta, but works better for kapha related doshas.
Here’s how to use triphala to boost immunity:
Triphala is available in the form of churna (powder), ras (juice), tablet and capsule.
Triphala churna: Take 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of triphala churna/powder with honey twice a day after meals. Use it at least for 1 -2 months for effective results.
Triphala tablet: You can take 1-2 tablets with water after meal to reap its benefits.
Triphala capsule: To boost immunity take one capsule each after lunch and dinner with water.
Triphala juice: Take 15 – 20 ml of triphala juice in a glass and add equal amount of water to dilute it and have it on an empty stomach.
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