Triphala is an ayurvedic medicine, which has been used for many centuries. Contrary to popular belief, triphala is not a herb. It is actually made using three herbs, namely Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amalaki. The recipe to make triphala has been given in the Charak Samhita and Sushrut Samhita.
According to Ayurveda, triphala is a tridoshic rasayan. It has balancing and rejuvenating effects on the three elements (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), which make up the body.
Among herbal remedies, the remedies that help in cleansing the colon are most popular. Many people suffer from irregular bowel movements and constipation. When bowel movements are hampered, the person experiences a number of health problems like poor digestion and liver function, upset stomach, less vitality and the worst is that the quality of life suffers.
Benefits of Triphala
It aids in digestion and is rich in antioxidants. It helps to improve liver function. Among the many benefits of triphala is its use to lower blood pressure, hence it is a part of alternative medicine for high blood pressure.
People with high cholesterol can also consider taking regular dosage of triphala to reduce blood cholesterol. Due to its many uses, it has been earmarked as heart-protective. It acts as a cardio tonic.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be taken for all types of eye diseases. It proves to be beneficial for treating eye conditions like conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, etc. If it is taken in the early stages of glaucoma and cataracts, it proves to be beneficial as well. Due to its many uses, triphala is a well-known eye tonic.
Triphala can be taken as a cure for ulcerative colitis. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, it also has antiviral properties, which help to stimulate bile flow and peristalsis. Regular consumption of triphala powder helps in improving blood circulation.
If you suffer from allergies, then you may want to consider using triphala to combat the allergens. People who are overweight can also benefit from regular consumption of triphala, as it aids in weight loss.
We have seen the many benefits this ayurvedic medicine has to offer. However, it is important to know the right dosage of triphala to be taken for different ailments. Triphala can be taken in either powder form or tablet form. Traditionally it has been taken in the powder form.
The ideal dosage of triphala powder is to take about two to three grams diluted with warm water. You can either take the dose in one go before going to bed, or divide the dose into three, and have it between the meals and before bed time.
If you do not like the taste of triphala powder, and would rather want to go in for tablets, you can take one to three tablets per day. Children do not need more than 1 tablet per day (usually in the evening). If consumed in larger quantities, triphala will act as a laxative.
The smaller dose (one or two tablets, once or twice a day) will gradually purify your blood. One should increase or decrease the dose according to one's bowel movements. Make sure that you do not take very big doses of this herbal medicine.
Triphala can be used as an eye wash. Let triphala powder steep in water overnight. Take a glass of water and ½ tablespoon of triphala powder and let it steep overnight. In the morning strain the mixture and sprinkle it over the eyes, or use as an eyewash in an eyecup. Take Triphala once in the morning and once in evening for 3 months as a herbal eye tonic.
If a person wants to take triphala for losing weight, the dosage may vary according to the health, weight, and size of the person.
Before you take the medication, it is recommended you talk to your health care professional. At the same time, it is also recommended you check, if you are allergic to this ayurvedic medicine. If you notice any side effects, stop the use of it immediately.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.