The Most Famous Formula in the World – Triphala

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Triphala is the most famous Ayurvedic formula. It has even been said that it is the most used formula in the world! Known to give the blessing of long life, in India they say not to worry if you don’t have a mother, triphala will look after you!

 

It gently cleanses the digestive tract while also nurturing the body at the same time. Triphala is usually used to help maintain regularity in bowel movement and to correct digestive issues such as sluggishness, constipation, IBS and ulcerative colitis. While also being highly nutritive it cleanses the body’s tissues at a deep level and acts a tonic for general health and longevity.

 

Triphala also has a lot of other lesser known benefits that help us understand why it has such honour in Ayurvedic Medicine.

 

Virtues of Triphala

 

Cleanses digestive tract

Helps maintain regularity of bowel movements

Cleanses liver

Natural antioxidant

Supports heart function

Supports respiratory, urinary, reproductive and nervous systems

Part of weight loss protocol

Rejuvenates body

Increases strength of digestion

Tonic for eyes, hair and skin

 

According to Ayurveda most disease in the body comes from an improper digestion. This means how we digest food, thoughts and life in each cell and in our consciousness as a whole. It is our capacity to transform. This is most noticeable in our digestive system and in our thoughts.

 

From an Ayurvedic perspective triphala removes excess dosha from the body and from the GI Tract. As excess dosha are returned to the GI Tract through diet, herbs, treatments, triphala helps expel them from the body.

 

 

Meaning ‘three fruits’, triphala is a formula made of three berries that complement each other to create a medicine with a huge range of benefits that’s useful for most people. It is comprised of:

 

amla

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) – Known as dhatri in Sanskrit meaning ‘nurse’, Amla is the primary pitta pacifying component in triphala. It benefits the liver and immune system and clears inflammatory conditions while being one of ayurveda’s most prized rejuvenators. It also has one of highest Vitamin C contents of any food.

 

bibhitaki

Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica) – Removes excess kapha, clears stagnation, in particular helping improve the respiratory system and helping to detoxify the blood, muscles and fat tissue. It gives strength and tone.

 

 

 

haritaki

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – Clearing vata, and known as ‘the remover of disease’. The Medicine Buddha is depicted holding a haritaki fruit in one hand. It scrapes toxins out of the body and helps maintain healthy weight levels.

 

 

 

 

 

How to use Triphala

 

Simply take a half or a full teaspooon with a large shot of warm water before bed. It contains five of the six tastes (all but salty; sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent). Some people find this very unpleasant due to the western diet not having the bitter and astringent tastes in good measure. As our health improves, the same triphala will be perceived in a journey of different ways.

 

Triphala may cause loose stools for some people. If this is the case then use a smaller dose, for example half a teaspoon.

 

Triphala is a beautiful and simple means of maintaining great health. Taken once a day, it can be taken for long periods of time and can also be used as an eyewash, mouthwash and tea.

 

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