Many people who are suffering from various diseases, pain, and discomfort are actually experiencing the side effects of constipation and poor nutrient absorption. This can be corrected with a bowel tonic and laxative, and this is essentially what Triphala helps to do.
According to Dr. Peter Crone, Triphala is a combination of three fruits; Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki, and these are some of the most important herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. These herbs can help balance out the doshas, or natural energies of the body, so that the metabolism and digestive system becomes much more efficient and helps eliminate toxins from the body in a natural way.
If you’ve been experiencing mental fatigue, excessive muscle pain or suffering from a poor appetite, you may need to cleanse the bowels to improve your digestive system. The toxins and buildup in the digestive tract are known as “Ama” in Ayurvedic medicine, the undigested food particles that compromise your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and benefit from the food you eat. Triphala helps to break down Ama and remove it naturally from the system. This then results in:
Triphala is considered to be a tonic and not a laxative, because it slowly and naturally helps detoxify the body’s elimination system to bring the body into a state of harmony. Harsh laxatives, on the other hand, can create an imbalance in the natural elimination process, and also run the risk of dependency.
Trinity Ava, an Herbalist & Director of Education for Organix-South, Inc., suggests making sure that the herbal product manufacturer of any dietary supplement offers organic and pharmacopoeial grade herbs. This means that the manufacturer tests each of the herbs to pharmacopoeial grade level to assure proper botanical identity, purity, and strength.
For dosage, Trinity suggests taking 2-4 capsules of 480 mg in the early morning and evening right before bed with warm water or as directed by your practitioner. For loose powder, take 2-4 grams of dried fruit powder daily. It is important to note that the time of day changes the effect of triphala. In the morning, it is considered more of a colon tonic, at night before bed with warm water, it tends to provide greater laxative actions.
Not every herb is right for EVERY BODY - listen to yours, and see if triphala works for you. Always consult a primary health care provider whenever you have concerns. During pregnancy and lactation, one should consult a primary health care provider before using any herb or herbal formula.
Article Written By: Sabah Karimi; Sabah writes on health, fitness and lifestyle for DivaVillage. She’s a firm believer of the health benefits of Ayurvedic medicine, and supplements her diet with several natural herbs to enjoy a better state of well-being.