Triphala Churnam is a polyherbal powder and one of the most commonly used Ayurvedic preparations. Its popularity stems from its powerful and fast-acting healing ability and numerous health benefits. Triphala refers to the three fruits that make up this formula: Haritaki, Vibhitaki and Amalaki. Their scientific names are Terminalia chebula, Terminalia belerica and Phyllanthus Emblica, respectively. To prepare Triphala Churnam, the dried fruits of Haritaki, Vibhitaki and Amalaki are combined in equal parts, dried, powdered and then blended together.
Phala Trik Churnam, Triphala Churna, Vara Churnam or Triphala Powder.
According to Ayurveda, Triphala is Tridosha Shamaka. Tridosha Shamaka means that it balances all three of the Doshas. By maintaining the balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, it boosts our immune system, protecting us from disease, and revitalizes us on all levels. Triphala Churnam can be used by both healthy people and those currently experiencing sickness. In proper amounts it can be used on a daily basis without any fear of dependence or negative side effects.
The famous Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita describes Triphala Churnam as a Rasayan, which means it nourishes and replenishes all of the Sapta Dhatus in the body, including Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa and Meda. Basically, a Rasayan (or Rasayana) regenerates and rejuvenates all of the cells, tissues and organ systems in the body. The Rasayan quality of Triphala Churnam promotes youthfulness, vitality, longevity, the optimum functioning of the sensory organs, memory, intelligence, and above all, freedom from disease.
Triphala Churnam supports the healing and strengthening of the digestive system by improving the absorption and assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of waste.
Rasas (tastes) are also important for a healthy digestion. Triphala contains five of the six tastes recognized in Ayurveda - only the salty taste is absent. As Triphala Churnam supplies the full spectrum of tastes, it reduces any cravings for unhealthy, processed food. That’s how it supports healthy weight loss and the maintenance of your optimal weight.
Triphala Churnam is Deepan and strengthens the digestive fire. It is Pachan as well so it increases the assimilation of nutrients and digestion and elimination of Ama (toxins). Triphala Churnam can be used as a mild laxative when taken with warm water in the evening, preferably just before going to bed. Taking Triphala Churnam in this way alleviates constipation, regulates bowel movements and can support the quick relief of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux.
Proper digestion and elimination are optimal conditions for health where body gets good nourishment and Doshas stay in balance. Disturbance in balance of Doshas are the root of all the diseases. One of the most beneficial functions of Triphala Churna is the prevention of the creation and accumulation of Ama in the body.
An eye wash prepared with Triphala Churnam is one of the most effective herbal preparations for supporting strong, healthy eyes and eyesight. A Triphala eye wash supports the reduction of redness, dryness and itchiness around the eyes and improves eyesight overall. Triphala Churnam consumed orally with honey improves the strength of the eye muscles.
The Vibhitaki in Triphala, which is mainly balancing for Kapha Dosha, makes it an effective remedy for respiratory problems.
Triphala Churnam also supports healthy hair growth. Its regular use prevents premature gray hair and helps it to grow thick and strong. It also supports clear, glowing skin and bright eyes.
The synergistic action of the three fruits in Triphala is beneficial for other systems in the body as well. Currently, Triphala is being extensively researched for its various therapeutic effects including its antioxidant, anti-collagenase, and anti-microbial properties. It has also shown it can help to bring down high cholesterol levels.
Triphala Churnam can be taken with honey, ghritam (ghee or medicated ghee) or warm water. A common dose is around 1 to 3 grams. For the most potent results, take it before eating. Triphala Churnam can also be made into a Kashayam, a Triphala tea, and sipped warm. It will take time to adjust to Triphala's taste because it is astringent and bitter, which are not very palatable.
Triphala Churnam has no known negative side effects.
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