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 Triphala Rasayana

 

Triphala

Triphala is regarded as an important rasayana in Ayurvedic medicine. Medicines of the rasayana group are believed to promote health, immunity, and longevity. According to Ayurveda, they strengthen all tissues of the body, prevent aging, promote intellect, and prevent disease.The recipe for this traditional herbal supplement dates back to thousands of years and is referred in the traditional Indian texts the Charak and Sushrut Samhitas (1500 B.C.).

Triphala is considered a ‘tridoshic rasayan’ having balancing and rejuvenating effects on the three constitutional elements that govern human life: Vata which regulates the nervous system, Pitta which maintains metabolic processes, and Kapha which supports structural integrity.

The word Triphala means “three fruits.” Triphala is a very famous and traditional herbal combination used extensively by ayurvedic healers.

Triphala is made up of  -

Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry or Emblica officinalis),
Haritaki (Indian Gallnut or Terminalia chebula), and
Bibhitaki (Beleric Myrobalan or Terminalia bellerica)

Importance of Emblica Officinalis (Amla) in Ayurveda

Embelica Officinalis belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae commonly known as ‘amalaki’ or ‘Amla’ in Ayurveda. It is an important rasayana in its own right, used for the treatment of diseases caused by morbid vata, pitta and kapha and regarded as being able to impart youthful vigour and strength. It is considered astringent, bitter, digestive, aphrodisiac, laxative, diuretic and tonic. It has been used in the treatment of vomiting, haemorrhage, fever, coughs, eye inflammation, ulceration, anorexia, scurvy, diabetes, jaundice, menorrhagia, leucorrhoea, and toxicosis. It is also said to relieve thirst, burning sensations, impurity of the blood and to promote abundant hair growth and has been used for the treatment of the common cold, scurvy, cancer and heart disease. Embelica fruit is a major constituent of many Ayurvedic tonics prescribed for rejuvenation, recuperation and vitality.

Importance of Terminalia chebula (Harad) in Ayurveda

Terminalia chebula belongs to the family Combretaceae commonly know as ‘haritaki’ or ‘Harad’ in Ayurveda. The dried fruits are rich in tannins. The fruits also contain a variety of carbohydrates, glucose and sorbitol etc. The pericarp of the fruit contains anthraquinone glycosides, which are responsible for the laxative effect. The presence of saponins, anthrones and anthranols has also been documented.

In Ayurveda it is used as digestive, antiseptic, alterative, laxative, diuretic and carminative’. It is further considered as blood purifier and anti-pyretic, and is used to strengthen the sense organs, to heal wounds and peptic ulcers, for skin and eye diseases, diabetes, chronic and recurrent fever, anaemia, hypertension, heart conditions, ascites, diarrhoea, vomiting, hepatosplenomegaly, irritable bowel syndrome, dysentery, haemorrhoids, cough, hoarseness and dyspnoea.

 

Importance of Terminalia Bellerica (Baheda) in Ayurveda

Terminalia bellerica is belongs to the family Combretaceae commonly known as ‘Bibhitaki’ or ‘Baheda’ in Ayurveda. The dried fruit contains about 20% of both condensed and hydrolysable tannins. Other constituents include lipids, b-sitosterol, saponins, gallic and ellagic acids and their derivatives, glycosides and various carbohydrates. In Ayurveda it is used as bitter, acrid, astringent, laxative, germicidal and antipyretic and is applied in a diverse range of conditions including cough, tuberculosis, eye diseases, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, dysentery, inflammation of the small intestine, biliousness, flatulence, liver disease and leprosy. It is also said to cleanse the blood and the voice and to promote hair growth.

Triphala is widely used in a large number of medicinal preparations. Triphala is an effective blood purifier that stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver, helps digestion and assimilation, and significantly reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels throughout body. It is also a laxative that rejuvenates the membrane lining the digestive tract and contributes to effective cleansing of the colon, a key condition in Ayurveda to maintaining optimum health.

When consumed for a long period, it helps reduce excess weight. It promotes good colon health and acts as a laxative without causing cramps or irritation. It gently stimulates the intestinal walls and restores tone to the colon, thus helping in the elimination process, providing a colon cleansing effect. Its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory activity is useful in the treatment of ophthalmia. It helps in healing ulcers in cases of Pyoderma gangrenosum and in the treatment of Lipoma. It has shown in-vitro anti-oxidant activity. It is effective in preventing superoxide induced hemolysis of the red blood cells.

Benefits of Triphala

  • Triphala corrects constipation, cleanses and tones the gastro intestinal tract.
  • Triphala detoxifies the whole body and improves digestion and assimilation.
  • Triphala reduces high blood pressure and hypertension and improves blood circulation.
  • Triphala is helpful in liver disorders, acts as an expectorant and corrects diverticulosis.
  • Triphala is very effective in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Ulcerative Colitis.
  • Triphala is highly anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and also stimulates bile-flow and peristalsis.
  • Triphala prevents aging, imparts immunity, and improves mental faculties.
  • Recent studies have shown Triphala to be an anti-cancer agent. It has the ability to kill tumor cells while sparing normal ones.

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