Triphala is a commonly used Ayurvedic formula made of the dried powder of three different fruits, hence its name: tri (Three) and phala (Fruit). Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) are mixed in equal parts to make a proper Triphala. Triphala is used in India and by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for a variety of ailments and as a general tonic. It is considered especially beneficial for the digestive system.
If you suffer from occasional bouts of constipation from overeating, eating unfamiliar food while traveling, or improper food combining, triphala might help you. Triphala is the combination of three Ayurvedic (Indian) herbs: amalaki, bibbitaki and haritakis. Taking triphala is appropriate for any mind-body (dosha) type and it balances Vata (wind) in the colon to relieve irregularity. It is generally safe enough to use daily if needed and is not habit-forming.
Ayurveda is a medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The main goal of ayurvedic medicine is to balance the body, which is supposed to promote health. To do this, it promotes various herbs, massages and special diets. In many western countries, ayurvedic medicine is considered a complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) system. Triphala churna is one herbal formula used in ayurvedic medicine. How to Take Triphala: -
• Take triphala as a laxative, as it is a combination of herbs taken for constipation. Triphala is available in capsules and tablets. It is also available as a medicinal tea. Closely read the labels and do not exceed the recommended dosage. If you take triphala at night, you may find it has a diuretic effect. Ideally, take triphala very early in the morning before 6 a.m., the hour of Vata. • Know that using triphala is appropriate for all 3 doshas, or Ayurvedic mind-body type. If you are a Vata, you are the most likely to experience constipation. Vatas generally are of a slight build, with variable appetite and variable digestion. • Make a tea with triphala herbs or use the tablets or capsules. Triphala is said to pacific Vata, and the colon is the seat of Vata. While the other 2 Ayurvedic types of Pitta and Kapha may also experience irregularity, it is for different reasons. Pittas generally have a strong digestion and it may be from overeating that they become constipated. • Examine root causes of irregularity to prevent future episodes. Observe the foods that you eat that create indigestion or constipation. By being aware of food allergies or foods that are difficult for you to digest, you can reduce or avoid these foods. • Eat dried fruits such as raisins and prunes, which are well-known remedies for irregularity. Consuming raw apples and ripe bananas between meals can help. Add more fiber to the diet by eating oat and wheat bran, oatmeal and fresh fruits and vegetables.
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