Triphala is amazing! Balancing for nearly everyone, it is one of the most popular herbal compounds in Ayurvedic medicine. Comprised of three different fruits, each one works specifically on each of the three doshas and their coordinating organs.
- Amalaki strongly supports pitta. It cleanses and rejuvenates the blood, eyes, liver, spleen and skin. It’s also a rich source of antioxidants and the most potent source of vitamin C from any natural food or herb.
- Bibhitaki paris with kapha, reducing excess accumulations in the lungs, throat and sinuses and helps to rejuvenate the rasa (plasma), mamsa (muscles), and asthi (bones).
- Haritaki is incredibly beneficial to vata, working mainly on the colon and reducing gas, bloating, constipation, and abdominal pain. It also nourishes the nervous system and sensory organs.
Cleansing the body on a cellular level and through the GI tract, toning the digestive system, and restoring and rejuvenating the tissues are the main actions of triphala. Ayurvedically, it can reduce ama and restore ojas— rid the body of toxins and replenish the immune system and our natural glow.
Most notably, triphala helps to restore bowel function and strengthen the colon. It’s extremely helpful for anyone that experiences constipation or less than optimal digestive functioning. Even better, it’s not a laxative or addictive.
An average dose is about 1,000 mg per day, and is best taken at night on an empty stomach. Boiling water and infusing the herbs as a tea is the best method to take them. This allows you to taste all five flavors, which brings you into deeper connection with qualities and healing properties of the herbs. A tablet is also a good method. It’s more convenient and available at almost any herbal store and most natural grocery stores. Tinctures are also a great option.
As the saying goes– – “no need to worry, as long as you have triphala”