Triphala as the name suggests is a combination of 3 fruits in equal proportion. It is used for various symptoms and in various forms.
The ingredients –
The powder has 3 fruits in equal proportion.
- Amalaki — Emblica Officinalis
- Bibhitaki – Terminalia Bellirica
- Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula
The Benefits –-
- The powder stimulates the immune system.
- It stimulates gastric secretion and improves digestion.
- It is laxative in action and it helps in constipation.
- Is carminative in action and it helps in flatulence, gas and abdominal distension.
- It reduces the fat and helps in weight loss.
- It reduces cellular resistance to uptake insulin and helps in a proper use of insulin in the cells. Therefore, it becomes effective in the treatment of diabetes mellitus.
- It helps in reducing the cholesterol levels in the healthy people.
The Uses —
- Triphala contains a number of antioxidants that perform protective functions in the body.
- It contains vitamin C, flavonoids, polyphenols, tannins and saponins, along with other potent plant compounds
- Triphala has been shown to protect against certain cancers in a number of test-tube and animal studies.
- Similarly, it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent plaque formation, a common cause of cavities and gingivitis (gum inflammation).
- Some studies have shown that Triphala may help with fat loss, especially in the belly area.
- Triphala has been used since ancient times as a natural treatment for digestive issues like constipation.
Triphala remedies –
- For weight loss – It is took in dosage of 3 to 5 grams with warm water.
- For vertigo – take a spoon of Triphala powder with honey for a week to reduce the vertigo.
- For constipation – Take half teaspoon of Triphala powder in the night before going to bed.
- For cough – take half a teaspoon of Triphala powder with honey.
- For common cold – Take half teaspoon of Triphala powder and half teaspoon of Trikatu powder with honey.
Side effects –
However, some sensitive people can experience loose stools after using it first time. After a few days (about 1 to 3 days), this side effect of Triphala will disappear.
- Due to its natural laxative effects, it may cause diarrhea and abdominal discomfort, especially in high doses.
- Furthermore, it may interact with or decrease the effectiveness of certain medications, including blood thinners like Warfarin.
- Indian gooseberry, one of the main components of Triphala, may increase the risk of bleeding and bruising in certain people and may not be safe for those with bleeding disorders
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