Triphala, also known as Triphala churna, is an age-old Ayurvedic herbal powder which helps cleanse the colon, smoothen the digestive system, and boost overall health. Triphala is a Sanskrit word that means “three fruits”. This is appropriate, given that this herbal powder is a blend of three different dried fruits –Indian gooseberry or amla (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). The three dried fruits are ground and mixed together, usually in equal parts.
Main Indications of Triphala
- Weight loss (Obesity)
- Abdominal Distension
- Male infertility due to pus in seminal fluid (taken with Dasamoolarishtam)
Nutritional Value of Triphala
The active constituents are unknown. Triphala contains several compounds that have been proposed to be responsible for its claimed health benefits, including carbohydrates, vitamin, minerals, sodium, dietary fibres, gallic acid, chebulagic acid, and chebulinic acid.
Top Benefits of Triphala
1. Lowers Cholesterol:
There are notable levels of oleic and linoleic acid in Bibhitaki and Haritaki, which are known as “good” forms of fat. These fatty acids are able to re-balance your cholesterol levels and prevent excess deposition of plaque in the arteries, thus preventing the onset of atherosclerosis, heartattacks, strokes, and coronary heart disease.
2. Triphala Stimulates Hair Growth and treats dandruff:
The emollient properties of Triphala powder lock moisture in the hair and save one from the threat of alopecia. Mix Triphala churna and water, either consume it or apply it topically to help stimulate hair growth.
3. Triphala Prevents Viral And Bacterial Infections and has Anti-Allergic Properties:
Taking Triphala churna can prevent bacterial and viral infections. Triphala churna can be taken by highly sensitive people without triggering any harmful allergic reactions.
Triphala is one of the safest Ayurvedic formulations to reduce weight. An increase in weight is due to unhealthy food habits and lifestyle which leads to a weak digestive fire. This increases accumulation of Ama causing an imbalance in meda dhatu, and resulting in obesity. Taking Triphala helps to remove Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It also corrects the imbalance of meda dhatu. Triphala also removes waste material from the intestine due to its Rechana (mild laxative) property.
a. Take ½- 2 teaspoons of Triphala Powder.
b. Swallow it with lukewarm water preferably at the bedtime to control obesity.
5. Hair Rinse for Dry or Damaged Hair:
You might be surprised to learn that you can use triphala powder for hair treatments, but the process is fairly simple and oh so worth it. Start this pick-me-up treatment for your hair by boiling 4 tablespoons of triphala powder with 1 quart of water. If your hair is dry, frizzy, or depleted, add 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Allow the decoction to boil for 10 minutes before removing from the heat to cool (straining is not necessary).
Once the hair wash has cooled to a comfortable temperature, lean over a sink or bathtub and slowly pour the wash over your hair, pausing every now and then to massage it through. If you have time, wait 30 minutes or more before washing your hair normally.
6. Skin Care:
Studies have found a significant level of antioxidants in the Triphala blend including a number of different phenolic compounds that can neutralize the activity of free radicals and improve the health and appearance of the skin. Antioxidants can stop oxidative stress that leads to wrinkles, age spots and other blemishes, while also minimizing the appearance of scars.
7. Cleanse Your Scalp with Triphala:
Triphala scrapes away the natural buildup of toxins on the scalp when applied topically.
To make a scalp scrub, mix 1 tablespoon of triphala powder with 1 tablespoon neem powder and moisten with enough water to make a paste similar to the consistency of pancake batter. Use your fingertips to massage the paste into the scalp and exfoliate the skin, paying extra attention to the areas that tend to accumulate the most oils.
8. Immune System:
Amla, one of the key ingredients in Triphala, is rich in vitamin C, which can stimulate the immune system and increase the production of white blood cells. These represent the first line of defense for the body, while also functioning as an antioxidant to reduce free radical activity within the body.
9. May Aid Weight Loss:
Some studies have shown that Triphala may help with fat loss, especially in the belly area. In one study, rats fed a high-fat diet supplemented with Triphala had more significant reductions in body weight, energy intake and body fat, compared to mice who were not supplemented with Triphala.
10. Protection from dental problems:
One of the major reasons responsible for dental problems is plaque buildup. Dental plaque can result in cavities and gum diseases. One of the best ways of keeping dental problems at bay is regular consumption of triphala. The antimicrobial properties of this herb can help you fight oxidative stress better than commercial toothpastes.
11. Growth and Repair:
The active ingredients in amla and haritaki have both been linked to improved healing and repair of damaged tissues and cells in the body. This is likely due to the role of vitamin C in collagen production, which is required for all cells, tissues, muscle fibers and blood vessels.
12. Better management of gastric ulcers:
Gastric ulcers can cause a great of discomfort. One of the best natural remedies for better management of gastric ulcers is triphala. According to some studies, it strengthens the mucous membranes of the stomach and restores the enzymes which combat the negative effects of oxidative stress due to free radicals.
13. . Fights UTIs:
Urinary tract infections or UTIs, in some cases, become harder to treat due to antibiotic resistance. The bacteria responsible for such an infection stop responding to conventional treatment options.
14. Better management of diabetes:
This all-natural remedy is sometimes prescribed for better blood sugar control in diabetics. Every constituent of triphala is believed to be hypoglycemic. This property can be very helpful in lowering blood sugar levels, thereby benefitting the health of diabetics.