Triphala

The most widely used herb combination in the world, Triphala is the flagship of the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.
It’s employed to treat a range of both minor and serious conditions, and so highly esteemed that a common aphorism among Ayurvedic practitioners is “when in doubt, the Triphala comes out.” The name Triphala means “three fruits,” refers to the fruits of amla, bi bitki, and Hari take that make up the combination.
The sour amla fruit {Emblica officinalis} is the best single Ayurvedic remedy for inflammation. It also serves as a tonic for the blood, helping to regulate blood sugar, and support the bones, liver, and heart. It enhances production of red blood cells and strengthens the teeth, hair, and nails, and has been shown to improve eyesight. It’s one of the strongest rejuvenates, and an extraordinarily rich source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
triphalia plantAnother eyesight booster, bibitki [Terminalia belerica} also nourishes the lungs, throat, and hair, and helps remove stones and deposits in the digestive, urinary, and respiratory tracts. It also has the unusual dual trait of being both laxative and astringent, purging the intestines while simultaneously toning the tissues of the gut. It’s the best single herb for controlling mucus, fat, and toxins.
Considered the most important herb in Ayurveda, and referred to as the “king of herbs” in Tibetan medicine, Haritake {Terminalia chebula} effectively maintains the brain and nervous system. Its laxative quality eases constipation and offers a simple way to detoxify the body. Strongly astringent, Hari take tonnes tissue, making it a great remedy for various ulcers, prolapses, and fluid discharges. Haritaki is thought to increase mental and spiritual awareness, as well.
With limitless uses, Triphala appears in many preparations. Consumed with honey and ghee, Triphala stimulates digestion, acting to reduce fullness and heartburn, as well as gas and constipation. When mixed with shilajit, another Ayurvedic herb staple, the formulation can improve stubborn kidney conditions, including nephritis and diabetes. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology confirmed triphyla’s help in preventing toxic liver and kidney damage.
Triphala boosts the immune system. One study, published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, found that the herb combination stimulates immune cell function. Mixed with other immune and respiratory herbs, it works as a decoction {warning: it has a very bad taste} for treating the common cold. In fact, a 2008 study, published in the review Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, confirmed that Triphala had antimicrobial activity against all types of bacteria tested.
Use Triphala as a rapid-acting expectorant during hay fever season, cold infusing 5 grams of the powder in 8 ounces of water overnight. Consumed first thing in the morning, it offers dramatic results within minutes.
When used with guggul gum, a resin from the Mukul tree that grows widely in India, Triphala appears to have weight-loss benefits. The three fruits have been shown to lower cholesterol significantly, with bibitki proving the strongest herb for this condition.
Triphala Guggul is a classic Ayurvedic arthritis medicine, as well. In 2007, scientists at the Interactive Research School for Health Affairs in India confirmed that this formula inhibits two major enzymes that degrade cartilage. It may also have significant anti-inflammatory effects.
amla_freshMix it with water and you can use it as a shampoo, a gargle, or for nasal administration. Eyewashes are popular in Ayurvedic ophthalmology and Triphala may also be administered this way. Add 1 tablespoon Triphala powder to 10 oz water. Cover and let sit for 12 hours. Filter and apply with an eyedropper or eye cup.
Triphala’s only downside is that it tastes terrible. Look for it in powdered form and take it with water, honey, or ghee for a more palatable flavor. Ayurveda values tasting the herbs, but if you can’t stand the flavor, you can also find it in capsules.
Triphala’s laxative quality is fast acting, but its tonic properties are long term. Practitioners often prescribe it for a year or more. It may even be taken throughout one’s life on a semi-regular basis.
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