Triphala And Gut Health

The goodness of Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years. Triphala is one more addition which is packed with a whole lot of benefits.

What is Triphala? It combines the power of three fruits - Indian Gooseberry (amalaki), Bibhitaki and Haritaki. All these three herbs are taken in equal quantities and blended together to make the triphala powder – the powder that rejuvenates your body, and strengthens your organs of the gastrointestinal system. That is why, Triphala is known as the Nectar of Life – the one that detoxifies the gut, removes toxins from the liver and helps manage high blood pressure.

Triphala Manages Gastric Ulcers

One of the most worrisome factors in the process of digestion is gastric ulcers. It is a major cause of discomfort too. Triphala is one of the best Ayurvedic remedies in managing gastric ulcers. It works to strengthen the stomach’s mucous membranes and helps restores the enzymes which combat the negative effects of free radicals.

Triphala For Effective Digestive Tract

Triphala starts to show it’s potential right in the mouth as a mouth cleaner, and for sore throat. As one goes along, it helps combat annoying issues like abdominal pain, less appetite, stomach acidity, gastritis, colitis and helps improve bowel movement (by managing constipation and preventing diarrhea). Triphala also works to improve liver and gallbladder function.

Every component of Triphala is favourable for gut: Amla cares for the health of the gut lining, haritaki tones the muscles of the gut wall and bibhitaki eliminates the mucus and toxins from the digestive tract. Unlike other laxatives, triphala tackles constipation without causing any irritation in the gut. According to a study, one of the ingredients in Triphala can help amend severe constipation and reduce intestinal cramps. Another study showed that long term treatment with triphala improves the consistency of stools, while decreasing abdominal pain and bloating. No side effects have been reported as such.

The fact that triphala has a positive influence on the gut flora cannot be ruled out. At the same time, it inhibits the inflammation of the gut and disease like E.coli.

How To Take Triphala For Gut Health

New to taking Triphala? Start with low doses (say about half teaspoon or two capsules at bedtime). If you want to use it as laxative, then you can increase the dosage to one teaspoon.

Any other ways to take Triphala? Yes, it can also be taken with hot water (like a tea), or combined with ghee and honey, whichever suits you. Remember, Triphala is best to be taken on empty stomach, ideally before bed time.

Does Triphala Have Any Side Effects?

Worry not, Triphala has a good safety profile, but at the same time it is good to use it cautiously in certain situations:

- If you experience severe diarrhea

- If you are on blood-thinning medications

- If you are pregnant or lactating

Now that you know the goodness of Triphala bowel tonic, do include it in your daily diet, after consulting a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.