A popular folk saying in India says, “No mother? Do not worry so long as you have triphala.” Triphala is considered to be one of the most valuable herbal preparations in the world. Ayurvedic medicine, which has treated diseases and illnesses in India for thousands of years, centers around balancing the three constitutional elements that govern human life. Triphala, an herbal remedy, balances and rejuvenates the three elements that make up the human body. The three body elements are Vata (regulates the nervous system), Pitta (maintains metabolic processes), and Kapha (supports structural integrity). Any imbalances within the three body elements cause disease and illness.
Triphala is used to treat a plethora of human ailments. Triphala is a natural herbal laxative and colon cleanser. It is believed to cleanse the body of all toxins, which brings balance of the three elements to the body. Triphala is made from the combination of three different herbs, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Chebulic myrobalan), and Bhibitaki (Beleric myrobalan).
Amalaki aids digestion, regulates elimination, and eases constipation. It cleanses and detoxifies the liver. It is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help boost the immune system. Harataki is said to rid leprosy, improve memory, improve urinary health, and nourishes all body tissues. Bhibitaki heals respiratory disorders, decreases lipid levels, shows significant activity against HIV, is anti-malarial and is antifungal.
According to the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, Triphala is used to treat dental caries, anemia, jaundice, constipation, asthma, fever, chronic ulcers, inflammation,obesity, and combats allergens that cause allergies. Triphala promotes immunity against infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and AIDS.
Triphala is also said to purify the blood, remove toxins from the liver. Triphala provides benefits to the eyes by preventing atherosclerosis with protective properties on the vascular areas (or blood vessels) of the eye. Triphala has the ability to reduce blood glucose levels, lower blood pressure, has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Triphala reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels. It is also high in antioxidants.
Triphala may be taken in either powder or tablet form. Recommended dosage is to take two to three grams of the powdered form diluted with warm water. If don’t like taste, take one to three tablets per day. Children may take1 tablet daily. Triphala has relatively few side effects. Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center has reported large doses of triphala can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal gas. Some people have reported having insomnia after using triphala. While not life threatening, pre-existing GI problems could be exacerbated. An indirect side effect is possible damage to the colon from diarrhea. Prolonged diarrhea can also cause dehydration. Triphala does not interfere with the actions of other medications.
Triphala can be purchased in health food stores, and large pharmacies have Triphala in the supplements section, It can also be purchase online at vitamin and supplerment sites at a reasonable price. 100 tablets of Trophala 500 milligrams cost $8.00. 100 grams of Triphala powder can also be purchased for $8.00.
The philosophical aspects of Ayurvedic medicine in India should be respected. Keeping the body in harmony is now being realized by Western medicine, as well. Recent research indicates that Triphola is considered one of the most valuable herbal preparation in the world. The side effects of Triphola are minimal, and it does not interfere with other medicines, thus making it relatively safe for use. Before taking any supplement, check with your physician or pharmacist.