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Triphala: Uses, Health Benefits, Side Effects & More!
APRIL 7, 2023

Fantastic benefits of Triphala Churna

Living a life of rush and complexities, one yearns for simplicity for health and wellness. Long and tedious routines are easier to follow and can deter one from wellness. But what if it could be made more accessible? A simple concoction of 3 dried(medicinal) fruits can fulfill the body's various needs and serve as the one-stop solution to several problems. Here’s a comprehensive blog discussing the benefits of triphala.

Triphala: The Complete Concoction

Triphala means three (tri) fruits (phala). It is a mixture of three dried fruits, namely Amalaki (Emblica officinalis or Amla), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica or Baheda), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula or Harad). Triphala is one of the best Tridoshic Rasayana, which regulates the three doshas in the body, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, whose constitution differs for everyone. The list of triphala benefits in Ayurveda is long.

Being a blend of the properties of all three dried fruits, this ancient plant-based formula offers myriad health benefits, ranging from general physical well-being to acting as a supplement that can help manage specific illnesses like ulcers, acidity, asthma, jaundice, and many others.

Triphala Churna: The Key to Holistic Physical and Mental Welfare

Triphala is easy to incorporate into one’s daily life as a lifestyle and health supplement and can be consumed in multiple forms.  It is readily available in capsules, extracts, tea, powder, tablets, and tinctures. The powder form of Triphala is called Triphala churna, which is made after sun drying the three constituent fruits of Triphala and grinding them to a powder. By being conscious of all the benefits of Triphala Churna, one can fathom how this Ayurvedic wonder can prove to be an asset for one’s wellness:

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Here are 11 amazing benefits of Triphala Churna

  1. An efficient remedy for constipation

    With the power of three gut-friendly herbs - Amla, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki - Triphala churna is one of the quickest and most effective remedies for constipation relief. It not only aids digestion but also helps heal the gut's endothelium, making it an ideal addition to your daily routine. If you prefer a more accessible and convenient form of Triphala consumption, you can try Kerala Ayurveda Triphala Tablets.

  2. Immunity Booster( Roga Nirodhaka Shakti)

    The immune system is a complex network of cells that work to promote health and combat harmful foreign invaders threatening the body. It makes or breaks one’s health, as one becomes vulnerable to diseases when the immune system weakens. Triphala churna has antioxidant properties that regulate the immune system. Daily intake of Triphala churna can effectively eliminate bodily toxins, which reduces the load on the immune system, helps ward off lethargy and makes one active.

  3. Blood Pressure Regulator (Srotoshodhak)

    Blood pressure abnormalities show no symptoms, which is why it is called the “silent killer.”  High blood pressure can predispose one to heart failure and may even increase the chance of developing stroke. Triphala can effectively regulate blood pressure and help maintain optimum levels. According to an NCBI report, daily consumption of Triphala churna aids in removing plaque from blood vessels. Its anti-inflammatory activities lower the strain on blood vessels, ensuring smooth blood flow and circulation.

  4. Managing Arthritis and Gout

    Arthritis is a common problem that affects about 1 in 6 people in India. Painful inflammation of joints only worsens with age. The herbs composing Triphala possess anti-inflammatory properties that help manage arthritis and the stiffness that comes with it. Its penchant for flushing out toxins and excesses helps eliminate excess uric acid, reducing inflammation and offering relief.

  5. Aid for Diabetes

    Diabetes Mellitus is a group of diseases caused by heightened blood sugar levels. Usually, sugar levels are regulated by insulin. However diabetes affects insulin production and/or its effectiveness. Triphala helps reinvigorate the pancreas, which promotes insulin secretion. People with Type 2 diabetes stand to benefit from Triphala as it reduces blood sugar levels and cholesterol. The anti-diabetic properties of its components help the cells to overcome their insulin resistance.

  6. Antioxidant Agent

    The overproduction of free radicals induces oxidative stress. Antioxidants are responsible for the elimination of these radicals and for preventing oxidative stress-induced diseases. Triphala may help restore antioxidant levels due to the presence of polyphenols, vitamin C, and flavonoids, all contributing to reducing oxidative stress.

  7. Upkeep of Oral Health

    Sushruta Samhita states that Triphala can be used as a gargling agent to combat dental problems. Research shows that when used for a month, Triphala mouthwash results in greater tolerance to hot and cold food, cures and prevents bleeding gums, and strengthens them. It prevents dental caries and plaque without any staining.

    How to use Triphala Churna for teeth:

    • As toothpaste: Mix Triphala Churna with a small amount of water to form a thick paste and use it as you would use any toothpaste.

    • As mouthwash: Mix a half teaspoon of Triphala powder with half a cup of warm water. Use it as you would use any mouthwash.

  8. A Stimulant for Hair (Keshya)

    Triphala can help manage nearly all hair problems, for its key ingredients cater to all-around nourishment. Amalaki is an acclaimed ingredient that features in a range of hair care regimens because of its antioxidant properties, which help maintain optimum pH levels of the scalp. Vitamin C in Triphala can add luster and maintain natural hair color, strengthening the hair and stimulating growth. Split ends, which are the culprits of stunted hair growth, can also be tackled using Triphala.

    How to use Triphala Churna for Hair:

    • As a hair mask: Add Triphala Churna to some warm water to prepare a thick paste. Apply it on the scalp, and rinse it with water. Coconut oil can be used in place of water as well.

    • Oral Consumption: Mix Triphala churna with water, jaggery, or honey, and consume it like a drink.

  9. Skin Protectant

    Most skin problems arise from clogging pores and a pH imbalance, which results in inflammation and breakouts. Triphala is rich in antioxidants, and its anti-inflammatory properties help manage dermatological issues like redness, acne, dryness, skin inflammation, etc. It naturally rejuvenates the skin and prompts moisture retention and collagen formation. The Vitamin C present in Amla is known to enhance radiance without side effects, which makes it suitable for every skin type.

    How to use Triphala churna for skin

    • Direct application as a face mask/pack/scrub: After adding triphala churna to water to create a thick paste, one can apply it directly on a cleansed face as a face mask, pack, or exfoliate the skin by using it as a scrub.

    • Oral Consumption: Adding Triphala churna to daily tea can intrinsically make one’s skin appear more radiant and healthy.

  10. Eye Care (Chakshushya)

    Speak of Triphala benefits for eyes, and you’ll have a long list. Indeed, good eye health is one of the many benefits of triphala powder. Rich in Vitamin A, which is strongly claimed to be beneficial for ocular health, Triphala is an effective agent in curing and preventing eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma, corneal dystrophies, conjunctivitis, and inflammation. Triphala can help undo the damage of UV Rays to the eyes, which would otherwise result in cataracts. It keeps eye muscles healthy and taut, and its antioxidant properties prevent eye damage caused by oxidative stress

    How to use Triphala churna for the eyes

    • Eye Wash: Add Triphala churna to boiling water and strain it. Once cooled down, this activated water can now be used to wash the eyes. one's doctor before administering said eyewash.

  11. Stress and Anxiety

    Incorporating Triphala churna in our diets daily is known to moderate corticosterone levels in the body, also known as the stress hormone because it helps the body cope with stress. 

Whether aiding with health issues or acting as an agent to promote longevity, Triphala is the perfect supplement for health and wellbeing, making it popular among a diverse set of consumers. Its numerous uses make it an object of much research and examination, though it is not without its side effects. But if used in moderation after consultation with a doctor, it can quickly become an indispensable part of your wellness routines!

About the Author

Dr. Archana Sukumaran
Dr. Archana Sukumaran (BAMS, 12 years of experience)

Dr. Archana Sukumaran is a well-known Ayurveda Doctor (BAMS) at Kerala Ayurveda. Her practice of the age-old Ayurveda is deeply rooted in the traditional Kerala Ayurveda school of thought. She endeavors to seamlessly integrate holistic wellness into everyday life & filter out the noise from natural wisdom based on evidence-based research.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Triphala Churna can be consumed daily and is beneficial in enhancing digestion, promoting immunity, and strengthening the skin and hair follicles. However, if you are a pregnant or lactating woman, visit your healthcare provider before consumption of the churna.

The herbal ingredients in Triphala Churna stimulate intestinal movements, soften the stools, and promote regular bowel habits. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of Triphala churna with warm water and consume it before bed to prevent constipation.

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Dileep

Feb 15, 2023

Very usefull .. ... Greatjob




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