Triphala is probably one of the most extensively used herbal blends in Ayurveda. From being used as a hair wash to treating diabetic foot – Triphala finds a pivotal role in health.

While almost all systems of healing and medicines primarily look at treatment of diseases, Ayurveda goes deeper and wider in terms of it’s scope. There are two major principles in Ayurveda –

  • SWASTASYA SWASTYA RAKSHANAM – This means the preservation of the health of a healthy person.
  • ATURASYA VIKARA PRASHAMANAM – Treatment and management of diseases.

One of the ways the health of the healthy is preserved is through something named RASAYANA. RASAYANA is a lifestyle/behavior or herbs that are rejuvenating. Rasayanas removes toxins and increases immunity. Triphala is one of the best Rasayanas. The ayurvedic scriptures call Tripahala an UTTAM RASAYAN or one of the best rasayanas.

What is Triphala?

TRIPHALA. TRI – Three. PHALA – Fruits. Triphala is a combination of three fruits.

AMLA – Amla is Indian gooseberry. Amla is the richest source of Vitamin C on the planet. Hence it’s good for the skin, hair and immunity.

HRITAKI – Ayurvedic scriptures equate haritaki to a mother. A mother always loves their child. Simialrly, anyone who takes haritaki will never be disappointed. Haritaki helps in everything from sore throat to allergies and constipation.

VIBHITAKI – Vibhitaki is a mild laxative. The word “bibithaki” literally means “fearless of diseases”. The scripture Charaka Samhita describes Vibhitaki as a herb that prolongs life, promotes intellectual prowess and strength.

Equal amounts of these three super star herbs combine in equal amounts to form TRIPHALA.

 

What are the benefits of Triphala?

EYE HEALTH –

One of the ingredients present in Triphala is Haritaki. Haritaki has associated with many different health benefits and one of them is that it has anti-ageing properties. Due to these properties, Triphala can be used to different age related vision problems. These include:

  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Senile cataract
  • Open angle glaucoma
  • Retinal degeneration

Triphala strengthens the eye muscles which in turn improves the eyesight. The reason why this ayurvedic treatment is beneficial for eyesight is that it contains Amalaki or Amla. In Ayurvedic terms, Amla is said to enhance the Alochaka Pitta, which governs the eyesight. Ayurveda acknowledges Amla as the ‘rasayana for strengthening the eyes’. Adding Triphala to your daily diet can help you strengthen your eye muscles and can benefit you accordingly.

How to use Triphala for eye care ?

 You can make a simple Triphala eyewash at home in order to strengthen your eyes and improve their health. In order to do so, you must:

  • Take a teaspoon of organic Triphala powder.
  • Mix it with hot, boiling water. The heat will help the powder dissolve and will activate the compounds in Triphala.
  • Allow the mixture to cool until it is comfortable to touch.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine cloth. This will help you remove any particles that might hurt your eyes.
  • Take clean cloth or towel and dip it in the mixture.
  • Lie down and place the wet towel over your eyes.
  • Keep blinking so that your eyes can touch to the Triphala Eyewash.
  • Do this for at least 5 minutes.

Avoid any strain to your eyes after using the eyewash. The best time to do this is right before you sleep so that your eyes receive ample rest and relaxation.

It is important to note that you might feel a slight stinging sensation in your eyes when you use a Triphala eyewash for the first time. This is completely natural, and you should not panic if this happens. However, if you experience any unbearable pain, stinging, or itchiness while using it, you should stop immediately. The eyes are a very sensitive part of the body and if something does not suit them, you should not continue. You can speak to your doctor before starting to use Triphala for your eyes, just to be on the safe side.

Another way to use Triphala to improve your eyesight is to fill the mixture mentioned above in an eyecup. You can then use the eyecup to bathe one eye at a time. Make sure you keep your eyes open while using an eyecup, otherwise you will not be able to get the benefits.

Triphala for Oral Health

As a mouth rinse, research shows that Triphala is equally effective to prescription (a.k.a strong) mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine in reducing and preventing plaque, gingivitis, streptococcus mutans (a bacteria known to cause tooth decay) and lactobacillus (another bacteria known to cause tooth decay and cavities).

Mixing triphala churna with your tooth powder is helpful to treat bleeding gums and health of the teeth.

How to use Triphala for Oral health?

Mix a half teaspoon of Triphala powder with ½ cup of warm water. Swish it around in your mouth as you would any mouthwash. Spit.

The only downside to Triphala mouthwash is its somewhat sour and bitter taste- there’s nothing minty fresh about it. But it nonetheless gives a clean feeling, and if you’ve already lost your taste for artificial sweeteners after switching to natural toothpaste, you probably won’t mind.

Triphala mouthwash gives us yet another way to keep our daily routine natural. Good for your body, good for the environment.

Triphala for weight loss

Triphala helps to keep the stomach, small intestine and large intestine healthy by flushing out toxins from the body. It acts as a colon toner and helps in strengthening and toning the tissues of the colon. This, in turn, helps to manage the weight of a person. This ayurvedic herb also helps fight constipation and inflammation of the digestive tract. It also decreases cholesterol level significantly and helps remove water weight by reducing bloating.

How to use Triphala for weight-loss

Triphala powder with cold water
Add two teaspoons of Triphala powder in a glass of water and leave it overnight. Drink the concoction in the morning on an empty stomach.

Triphala powder with honey, and cinnamon

Add a teaspoon of Triphala powder and a small stick of cinnamon in a glass of water and leave it overnight. In the morning, add a tablespoon of honey to this mixture and drink it on an empty stomach.

Triphala tablet

Have one tablet with warm water at night before going to sleep.

Triphala tea

You can also make Triphala tea with Triphala powder. To make the tea, add a tablespoon of Triphala powder in a cup of boiling water. Pour the water in a cup and let it cool for a while. Add a tablespoon of lime juice before drinking it.

Triphala for digestive issues

Some 80 percent of all degenerative, chronic diseases have their origin in inefficient digestion, assimilation, or metabolism

With a mild laxative effect, it enhances the health of the gastrointestinal tract by rejuvenating the membrane lining of the intestines and by stimulating bile production.

Triphala improves liver function, helps purify the blood, and removes accumulated toxins. It is also high in vitamin C and linoleic oil.

Triphala also helps address a wide range of disorders, from irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, constipation, and diarrhea, to anemia, eye disease, skin disorders, yeast infections, and problems related to the female cycle.

How to use Triphala for digestive health?

Take the herb for about six months at a time, and then take a four-week break before continuing. If you take triphala in powder form, 1/2 teaspoon every evening before bedtime is recommended. If you take it in pill form, follow the recommendations on the bottle. Monitor your daily bowel movements. If they get too loose, it’s time to cut back on the dose.

There are many more benefits of Triphala like skincare, hair care and even fighting cancer.

Where to buy Triphala?

Thathasthu Wellness has organic Triphala powder and can be purchased here.

Make triphala a part of your daily routine and watch how your overall health gets better .

Ranjith Vallathol

Founder, Thathasthu Wellness