Triphala (Three Fruits) Balances Three Doshas
Triphala is an Ayurvedic , polyherbal preparation. It comprises of three different fruits. All these fruits are native to India. These fruits are bibhitaki, amalaki, and haritaki. The three fruits impact all the three doshas of the human body in a positive way. As mentioned earlier there are three doshas in Ayurveda – Vata, Pita and Kapha. These doshas are elemental forces that are believed to permeate body, mind and spirit.
Following are the health benefits of the three benefits of the three fruits of Ayurveda:
Amalaki - It is also known as Phyllanthus Emblica or the Indian gooseberry. It is a rich source of Vitamin C. One single fruit of Amalaki contains about 3gm of Vitamin C. Amalaki is beneficial in balancing Pita dosha. Amalaki is rich in phyllembelic acid, tannins, rutin, phenols and curcuminoids. It is added to triphala to regulate blood sugar level. It also strengthens body’s immune system. It detoxifies the mouth as well as the liver.
Bibhitaka - Bibhitaka or Terminalia bellinca is the second fruit used in making triphala. It has astringent properties that make it help balance Kapha dosh. The reason being it expels water from the lungs, the urinary tract and the digestive tract. It is also good at fighting off bacterial and viral infections. It has in it many compounds that add to its medicinal properties.
Haritaki - The third fruit is Haritaki. Its scientific name is Terminalia chebula. This fruit is also known as ‘black myrobalan’. It balances the Vata dosha in the body. This fruit is helpful in strengthening immune system. It is rich in laxative properties. It helps regenerate body tissues. It is helpful in heart diseases, ulcers and asthma. Due to the presence of many compounds this fruit is no less than powerhouse capable of delivering various health benefits.
Health Benefits of Triphala
It Helps Control Diabetes: Triphala controls Type II Diabetes. According to a report published in a journal, triphala helps in regularising blood sugar level and cholesterol. Its promote secretion of insulin. In this way it controls diabetes.
Triphala is a Good Antioxidant: It is a rich source of polyphenols that can fight against free radicals. These radicals can lead to cell damage and may cause many harmful diseases. Triphala is rich in Vitamin C and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can stimulate the production of white blood corpuscles and also enhances their function. It helps in producing antibodies to fight against infections. It could be a good antidote for the one suffering from allergy.
It Improves Digestive Health: It is a good natural laxative. It helps in loose stools and thus improves bowel movements. It is a good contender for dealing with irritable bowel syndrome. Triphala strengthens digestive tract by increasing the number of good bacteria in the intestines.
Helps Boosting Immunity: Triphala is a good immunity booster. It also acts as an immunosuppressant. Regular intake of triphala may help to fight many types of infections.
Helps in Improving Hair and Skin Quality: Triphala is known for improving hair quality of both males and females. Consuming triphala orally and applying its paste on the hair can be very beneficial. As triphala helps in improving digestive health, it makes the hair shiny and strong. Applying triphala on the scalp can give clean scalp. It is very beneficial for many skin diseases like eczema and acne.
Helps in Weight Loss: Consumption of triphala can help in reducing excessive weight, especially on thighs and abdomen. In this way it helps in maintaining a healthy weight and keeps one free from resultant diseases like heart attacks, diabetes, etc.
Enhances Eyesight: Triphala is very helpful for enhancing eyesight. It also protects from severe eye ailments like cataract and glaucoma. For this triphala can be consumed in any form. Triphala water can also be used to cleanse eyes. However, this should be done only after the recommendation from a doctor.
Side Effects of Triphala
Triphala is considered unsafe for babies and children. There might be gastrointestinal side effects by taking triphala. It is also unsafe for elderly people. Pregnant and lactating mothers should consult their physician before taking it. Besides this it should be purchased from some reputed pharmacy or store. Any impurities in it might cause more harm than good.
Nutritional Value of Triphala
Triphala has a good nutritional value. Just half a teaspoon of triphala has about 10 calories. It has large content of carbohydrates and it doesn’t have any fats or harmful proteins.
The Ayurvedic system is completely in agreement with science when it comes to the nutritional and health benefits of triphala. Triphala is a medicine with lots of benefits and it is completely in agreement with the three principles of Ayurveda – known as doshas.