Triphala is a multi-purpose herb that takes care of almost all human body systems and is compared with the mother who takes care of her child. In ancient Ayurvedic texts, it is mentioned that “If you don’t have mother, don’t worry as long as Triphala is there.”
Triphala is probably the most popular Ayurvedic medicine in the world. As the term suggests, it is a combination of three very potential herbal fruits (tri –three and phala –fruits). This powerful combination of three Ayurvedic herbal fruits viz; Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and Amla, an Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) in equal proportion makes it a wonder formula that can be given in almost all health ailments. This medicine is available in various forms, Triphala churna (an extract’s powder), being the most popular for oral administration.
Triphala churna’s safe laxative effect on human intestines is not a secret anymore. Unlike modern medicines, the powder of Triphala does not produce any harmful effects and it does not disturb any intestinal flora. As with other contemporary laxatives and stool softeners, Triphala churna does not produce any habit and hence is safe to consume even for a longer duration, especially in chronic cases of intestinal problems.
Triphala churna is quite absorbable in the intestines and it quickly helps in digestion and improves the appetite. The herbal powder relives constipation and clears bowel from toxicity. The product is a drug of choice for the cases like Hepatomegaly (enlargement of liver) and Splenomegaly (enlargement of spleen). In addition to this, Triphala is very useful in treating several intestinal inflammatory disorders as well. Regular intake of this medicine helps maintaining a healthy colon as it contains natural bowel cleansing properties. Triphala churna can detoxify the digestive system, reduce fatty deposits, regulate the metabolism and improve the blood circulation.
Holistic healing practitioners prescribe Triphala churna where a good carminative action is required. It has a powerful anti-helminthic action and hence is used in expelling intestinal worms that otherwise damage the colon and make digestive system weaker.
Researchers say that Triphala contains essential vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin B complex and vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). The powder also contains Chebulinic Acid and tannin unto 30 per cent fortifying the herb with anti-oxidant properties. Due to the presence of vitamin A, the herbal powder of Triphala is a very good eye tonic and can be used in various eye conditions. Washing eyes with triphala churna’s decoction helps improving vision and relieves strain from eyes.
One of the richest vitamin C sources is in Indian gooseberry –amalaki or amla. It contains 10 times more ascorbic acid as compared to an orange. Amalaki or Indian gooseberry is one of the ingredients in Triphala churna. Amla is also a very good source of tannic acid, glucose and body-building protein. In many parts of the world, Triphala churna is prescribed as powerful skin and hair tonic. The herbal powder is preferred choice in case of anemia as it improves the hemoglobin and Red Blood Cells. Another use of Triphala churna includes treating hemorrhages, epistaxis and many other gynecological disorders.