|Triphala is composed
fruits, namely Harada (haritaki), Amla
(amalaki) and Behada (bibhitaki). Triphala is the most popular
Ayurvedic herbal formula of India, since it is an effective bowel
regulator which also supports the body's strength. Because of its high
nutritional value, Triphala uniquely cleanses and detoxifies at the
deepest organic levels without depleting the body's reserves. This
makes it one of the most valuable herbal preparations in the world
Which is sour, astringent, sweet, pungent, bitter and
cooling; Works on the Lungs, Liver, Stomach and Heart. Amla has a sour
flavor which corresponds to the pitta humour and the fire element in
medicine. Amla is a source of antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids,
and Vit. C. It is the among the highest known land sources of vitamin
Having 20 times the vitamin C content of an orange. This age and heat
form of vitamin C in Amla is due to the presence of certain tannins
bind and inhibit its dissipation.
Haritaki (Harada, Chebulic Myrobalan) :
Harada has five
the six ayurvedic flavors but particularly a bitter
flavor. It is associated with the vata humour as well as the air and
elements. It treats imbalances and diseases of the vata humour. The
traditionally picked in the spring, is a rich source of tannins, amino
acids, fructose, succinic acid and Beta Sitosterol. One of numerous
of Harada demonstrated its 'anti-vata' or anti-spasmodic properties by
the reduction of abnormal blood pressure as well as intestinal spasms.
This confirms its traditional usefulness for heart conditions, spastic
colon and other intestinal disorder
how the three fruit Myrobalans
help in the cleansing process :
a. The Emblic
Myrobalan (Amla) is
used to treat
fire imbalances that include ulcers, inflammation of the stomach,
constipation, diarrhea, liver congestion, eruptions, belching, gas
and burning feelings throughout the body.
(Harada) possesses laxative,
astringent, lubricant, antiparasitical, alterative, antispasmodic and
properties. It is therefore used to treat acute and chronic
nervousness, anxiety and feelings of physical heaviness.
c. The Beleric Myrobalan (Behada)
is tonic, digestive
and anti-spasmodic. Its primary flavor is astringent and the secondary
is sweet, bitter and pungent. It targets imbalances associated with the
kapha or mucus humour, corresponding to the earth and water elements in
Triphala as an eye Rejuvenator
200 tablets $27.95
Triphala is also widely taken for all eye
including the treatment of conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, the
stages of glaucoma and cataracts. For these conditions, it is taken
both internally as described above, as well as externally as an eye
Steep one tablespoonful of the powder or six tablets in an 8 ounce
of water overnight. In the morning, strain the infusion through a clean
cloth. The resultant tea is used to sprinkle over the eyes or used in
eyewash in an eyecup that can be readily purchased at most drug stores.
One can drink the remainder in one or two doses, morning and evening.
in this way for at least three months, Triphala becomes an herbal eye
The Haritaki present in Triphala contains eye rejuvenation properties.
In Irritable Bowel
Syndrome, sometimes our dietary
habits throw the digestive system out of synk. As a result the
water in the stools. It is the body's mechanism for removing irritable
and improperly digested products. Triphala is a gentle bowel
excellent for chronic constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, for
toxins from the bowel and balancing the doshas. It can be taken in
or tablet form before retiring to bed.
What is the dosage
of Triphala for Effective Bowel Movement ?
Normal Dosage is 2
tablets of triphala taken twice
daily(With breakfast and just before bed). However, dose can be
or adjusted depending on the bowel movements and the chronicity of the
constipation or bowel disorder. The maximum dosage suggested should not
exceed 6 tablets thrice daily. As a result, it may take two or three
to regulate the dose that is best. After the constipative tendencies
removed, usually within 15 days of daily application, it will no longer
cause loose bowels.
available in tablet form. However,
it is beneficial if taken in powder form(tablet can be crushed) with
or Milk. Some people may not like the taste when taken in powder.
can be taken with luke-warm water for best effects. Each bottle of
contains 100 tablets.
list below of some references in medical
where practitioners and scientists have explained the uses of Triphala:
S.S. Triphala Ð The Wonder Drug. Indian
Med. Gazette. 1997, 131(6), 194-96.
* Kulkarni P.H. Clinical assessment of the effect
of Sookshma Triphala in Lipoma. Ayurved Res. Papers II , Pune, 1995,
* Kumar, K. and Junius, M. A spectacular case
history of Pyoderma gangrenosum at the Ayurvedic Health Centre of South
Australia. Biorhythm, 1995, 1-6.
* Vani, T. et.al. Antioxidant properties of the
Ayurvedic formulation Triphala and its constituents. International J.
1997, 35(5), 313-17.