“Triphala is the herb that every American should be on,” says Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, Ayurvedic expert and neurologist.
What exactly is triphala . . . and how can it help you?
Triphala is a Sanskrit word that means “the three fruits.” It’s a nutritious food made from three berries: amalaki, haritaki, and bibhitaki. These three fruits make a wonderful, healing combination.
Over millennia, triphala has been regarded as a powerful way to balance the mind, body, and soul for optimal health and well-being.
The ancient people of India discovered that triphala helped manage indigestion and alleviate occasional constipation. For over 5,000 years, triphala has been used as a healing tonic for the digestive system.
Today, Ayurveda practitioners commonly prescribe triphala to promote digestive regularity and occasionally as a mild laxative. Anyone who suffers from irregular elimination and other forms of bowel dysfunction will know what a relief triphala can be!
But it has many benefits beyond the GI tract. Because of its high vitamin content, triphala is often used as a food supplement; the way vitamins are used in Western countries. It is a recommended dietary supplement for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy, happy brain-gut connection.
Triphala’s benefits are so well known that there’s an Indian saying:
“You do not have a mother? Don’t worry, as long as you have triphala in your life!”
The Three Fruits of Triphala
Amalaki: rejuvenating and sustaining
Amalaki is revered as a powerful rejuvenating herb. In India this “wonder berry,” is also known as the “nurse herb” because it’s believed to strengthen the immune system and cool the body.
It’s also considered “the sustainer” because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
It is a strong natural antioxidant containing high levels of vitamin C. Commonly known as Indian gooseberry or amla, amalaki provides support and nutrition to the digestive tract, arteries, and liver.
Amalaki is widely used in Ayurvedic treatment since it is rich in many minerals and vitamins like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene, and Vitamin B Complex.
In Ayurveda, this fruit is used either alone or combined with other plants to treat many common ailments such as colds and fever and to support healthy digestion.
In the book, The Prime, Kulreet Chaudhary, MD says that amalaki is, “as effective as oral medication for treating diabetes . . . It normalizes blood sugar and stabilizes appetite so you’re not fighting peaks and valleys that can trigger binge eating, and it encourages the body to build lean muscles, which helps regulate blood sugar more efficiently.”
Dr. Chaudhary further states that amalaki helps the liver work more efficiently and provides antioxidants to nourish the body during detoxification, “It is such a good colon cleanser because it heals the mucosal lining and the nerves in the gut, so you can experience normal peristalsis again. Instead of forcing your colon to expel its contents, triphala helps the colon do what it is naturally supposed to do.”
In animal studies, amalaki has been shown to be effective against some of the harmful effects of heavy metals, helping to reduce liver damage from alcohol, and in decreasing the death rate from radiation sickness.
Haritaki: keeping your digestive system in tip top shape
Haritaki is often ingested as a means to remove toxins from the body and purify the blood. It aids in proper assimilation of food and prevents bloating sensation and acidity.
Haritaki is a berry that’s known as the Tibetan "king of medicine." It’s the universal herb for keeping the digestive system in tip top shape.
Haritaki helps your body absorb food and prevents the sensation of bloating and acidity. It’s often used to remove toxins from the body and purify the blood.
It helps nurture healthy gut bacteria, which means a stronger digestive system and immune system.
According to Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, haritaki is particularly good at removing toxins from the colon, helping to nurture a healthier balance of bacteria from your colon.
Bibhitaki: eliminating waste and defending against pollution
This herb is all about action, and its uses in Ayurveda are plentiful.
According to “Triphala: Ayurvedic formula for the Modern World” published by the Ayurveda College, Rodrigo M. Pocius says:
“Bibhitaki is a rejuvenating herb that works as a tonic. It’s astringent, making it good for cleaning and tonify the bowels and works on the “plasma, muscle, bone, digestive, excretory, nervous and respiratory systems. It’s also effective for colds and coughs, and good for sore throats when taken with honey.”
Talk about a multi-tasker!
Keep your digestive system fit and working well
In Ayurvedic medicine, the colon is seen as the seat of health, so anything that helps the colon function is beneficial to overall health.
Triphala’s balancing effects help keep the digestive system fit and working. It not only gets things moving, but also helps your bowels find the appropriate pace for optimal absorption.
Triphala encourages balanced, full elimination, by pulling stagnated ama or toxic residue from the digestive tract and increasing the colon’s absorption functions.
Unlike other laxatives, triphala doesn’t force the liver and gallbladder to secrete digestive juices to digest food. Instead, it works like a sponge that swells by absorbing fluid, so it helps clean the liver and blood, as well as the intestinal tracts.
Waking up to triphala’s medicinal properties
In scientific studies, triphala is shown to have all of these properties:
Antioxidant, anti-stress, adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, analgesic, anti-bacterial, wound healing, anti-mutagenic (a mutagen is an agent that changes genetic material), anti-cariogenic (a substance that counteracts the effects of a carcinogen or inhibits the development of cancer), radioprotective and chemopreventive effects.
A Swiss study was conducted on mice subjected to whole-body radiation. The mice were fed triphala to investigate the mortality of the irradiated animals, as well as the DNA damage at the cellular level. It found that the mortality from radiation was reduced by 60% in mice fed with triphala. The study concluded that triphala protected the irradiated mice by inhibiting oxidative damage in cells and organs, and seems to have potential to develop into an herbal supplement that can protect from radiation.
Dr. Chaudhary says triphala is one the best things you can add to your daily routine.
Taking triphala supplements may help with overall well-being, but do you know what’s in yours?
Unfortunately, most supplements don’t have the doses you need to get results. They may have insubstantial amounts of the active components, or you may be getting little more than a capsule filled with powders chock full of heavy metals. What’s more, the powders may not be fresh, and can be processed with harsh ingredients that destroy or degrade triphala’s healthful components.
At best, you're pouring your money down the drain and not benefiting your health.
At worst, these supplements may actually be doing your body more harm than good.
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