Triphala or “Triphala Churna” is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation that consists of three fruits as ingredients: Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Bibhitaki, (Terminalia Bellirica) and Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula, commonly known as black myrobalan). For thousands of years, Triphala has had a positive effect on the body in the Ayurvedic medicine system. It is known to support digestion and boost the immune system.
Triphala supports the regulation of bowel movements and improves digestion. It also contains antioxidants that help cleanse and detoxify the body from harmful effects of free radicals. The combination of the three fruits has a synergetic effect on the body’s different functions. However, these fruits have amazing health properties of their own:
Emblica Officinalis has a natural cooling effect on the body. It improves liver function and provides a vital boost to the immune system. This fruit is also helpful in curing baldness, asthma, eye diseases, and diabetes.
Terminalia Chebula is known to be beneficial in removing toxins, maintaining a healthy weight, acid reflux and various ulcers of the mouth.
Terminalia Bellirica has rejuvenating properties. It is known to be effective in the treatment of gray hair, hoarseness, weak eyesight, abdominal diseases, acne, and anemia.
The best and traditional way of taking Triphala is as tea on an empty stomach the first thing in the morning, or before bedtime. Initially, it will taste unpleasant. However, the experience is expected to get sweeter over time as the system balances itself.
For those who are not fond of its taste, they can take Triphala tablets. The typical dosage is two tablets in the morning or before bed. Triphala liquid extract is an alternative and convenient form of taking Triphala.
As Triphala is used to cleanse the body and rejuvenate its functions, there are some common side effects. These include loose diarrhea, an upset stomach, gas, a headache, rash, or nausea.
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