Published On: Tue, Nov 12th, 2013

Triphala and its benefits

triphalaTriphala is a mix of three powerful fruits (Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amalaki) that are well known to contain great and intensive health benefits. Triphala powder benefits people with its power to enhance the functions of the body organs like the eyes, skin, and heart.

Amalaki is the fruit considered to contain the most Vitamin C. Amalaki is a sour fruit that has a light green color. The expanse of Vitamin C found in Amalaki accelerates clotting of the blood and the healing of wounds. It has also been reported to renew sexual robustness in both women and men. Bibhitaki is a known tonic and laxative and can decrease fevers. Last but not the least; Haritaki is considered as one of the safest and mildest laxatives that can be found in nature. It averts blood clotting. It also improves the stomach’s function and aids in digestion. Haritaki can be used to develop nutritional balance in the digestion system and to look after digestion, absorption, assimilation, and excretion.

And so, Triphala which contains all of these trio of valued elements, is a sheer pride of Ayurveda, an illness treatment method developed in India that includes the usage of herbs in treating a patient. The course of Ayurveda puts a direct impact on the root cause of the disease without side effects, making it one of the most effective ways in curing any type of illness. Here is a list of the uses of Triphala powder on the different systems of the body:

  • For the immune system
    • It can be used to stimulate the immune system


  • For the digestive system
    • It can be used to improve the overall immune system
    • It can also help in relieving constipation
    • It can be utilized as a cleanser for the gastrointestinal tract
    • It can relieve gas


  • For the circulatory and cardiovascular system
    • It can help in improving the blood circulation
    • It can aid in reducing high blood pressure


  • For the excretory system
    • It can be used to purify blood that stimulates bile excretion and detoxifies the liver, thus improving liver functions


  • For the integumentary system
    • It can be utilized as a natural expectorant
    • It fastens the healing process, because it has collagen, an important cementing material required in the process of blood clotting


  • For the nervous system
    • It can help fix the deteriorated nerves as well as bring back the nervous system’s normal state of functioning


  • For the biliary system
    • It possesses some anthroquinones that help to stimulate bile flow and peristalsis


  • For diseases, conditions, and ailments
    • It can be used as a treatment for diseases and ailments such as diabetes, eye diseases, cardiovascular issues (through serum cholesterol reduction)
    • It can be utilized as an anti-inflammatory and anti-viral treatment
    • It reduces the extra weight in people who are obese
    • It can be used as an eyewash in cases of  fatigue, redness and soreness of the eyes

To get the full advantage of Triphala is very simple. Just mix half a teaspoon of Triphala powder into eight ounces of water and you are set to enjoy its maximum benefits. The longer you take this herb, the more that you are bound to get the goodness out of it. It is very important not to exceed the recommended triphala dosage consisting of two to three grams of powdered triphala or one to three tablets per day. If the dosage is not properly respected, some side effects like nausea, difficulty in sleeping, or dysentery may appear. However, it is not advisable for pregnant women. People with diarrhea complaints as well as dysentery should also refrain from using Triphala.

Written by Mike Gerard for Curacao Chronicle

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