Herbal remedies are among the most ancient medicines used in the traditional system of medicine such as Ayurveda. Triphala is one of them which are a well-recognized and highly efficacious poly-herbal formulation.
Triphala as Mentioned in Ayurveda:
Triphala has been used in traditional system of medicine for over thousand years according to the writings of great physician Charka in a foundational text of Ayurveda known as Charka Samhita as well as in another key text known as Sushruta Samhita.
According to Master Charka, taking Triphala with honey and ghee has the potential to make a person live for hundred years devoid of old age diseases.
Master Sushruta has indicated the use of Triphala for treating ulcers and wounds.
इयं रसायनवरा फला अयामयापहा । रोपणी त्वगगत क्लेदमेदोमेहकफास्त्रजित ॥१५९॥
(Reference: Ashtang Hridyam, Chapter No. 6, Shlok No. 159)
Meaning: In this shloka, benefits of Triphala are explained. Thus, Triphala (Haritaki, Amalaki and Vibhitaki) is the best rejuvenator for the body, cures the diseases of the eyes, heals wounds and cures skin diseases, excess moisture of the tissues, obesity, diabetes, aggravation of Kapha and rakta (blood).
In Ayurveda, Triphala is classified as a tridoshic Rasayana as it promotes longevity and rejuvenation in the individuals of all age groups.
By consuming Triphala, the body can be rejuvenated and can remain healthy throughout life. Triphala is one of the greatest gifts of Ayurveda and every individual in India knows about its uses. Everyone has used Triphala for relieving constipation in day-to-day life but few people know that Triphala powder is known as “Rasayana” in Ayurveda, it is used for rejuvenation of the weak body, just by consuming it regularly.
How to Consume Triphala
Take Triphala powder with plain water on an empty stomach in the morning after rinsing your mouth. Don’t take anything except water for one hour. Follow this rule strictly.
This is the general method of consuming Triphala powder but if you are consuming it for rejuvenation, then according to different seasons, consume it with different combinations such as jaggery, rock salt, etc. In India, there are 6 seasons throughout the year and there are 2 months in each season.
1. Summer Season – 14th May to 23rd July: During this season, take Triphala powder mixed with 1/4th part of jaggery.
2. Rainy Season – 24th July to 23rd September: Take Triphala powder mixed with 1/4th part of Rock Salt.
3. Autumn Season – 24th September to 23rd November: Take Triphala powder with 1/4th part of sugar candy.
4. Pre-Winter Season – 24th November to 23rd January: Take Triphala powder mixed with 1/4th ginger powder.
5. Winter Season – 24th January to 23rd March: During this season, take Triphala powder with 1/4th part of Pippali (Piper longum).
6. Spring Season – 24th March to 23rd May: Take Triphala powder mixed with honey. Mix an appropriate quantity of honey to make a paste.
In this way, after consuming this, individual will get rid of lethargy and laziness within one year, diseases will start vanishing after two years of intake, for consuming Triphala powder regularly for three years will increase eye sight, intake of Triphala for four years help in enhancing facial beauty, after five years of intake, there will be unprecedented development of intellect, strength of the body will increase after six years of intake, in the seventh year, gray hair will start turning black and after eight years of intake, there will be youthful appearance of the body.
What should be the Composition of Triphala?
1:2:3= 1 Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) + 2 Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) + 3 Amla (Emblica officinalis)
What is the Correct Way to take Triphala?
- When Triphala is taken in the morning, then it is considered as nutritious in nature because when taken in the morning, it gives nutrition in the body and provides vitamins, iron, calcium, and micro-nutrients. Therefore, a healthy person should take Triphala in the morning. Take Triphala with jaggery in the morning.
- When Triphala is taken in the night, then it is known as a laxative because it helps in relieving constipation when taken during the night. During the night, take Triphala powder with warm milk.
- Triphala Eye Wash – Method of Preparation
- Take a spoonful of Triphala powder and soak it in a bowl of clean, filtered water overnight. In the morning strain this water using a muslin cloth and use this solution for eyewash.
- This remedy is very beneficial for eyes as it helps to clean the eyes and vision is also improved. Burning sensation and redness are also relieved.
- Mouth Rinse: Soak Triphala powder overnight and after brushing teeth in the morning, fill and hold this water in the mouth for some time and throw it out. This helps in strengthening teeth and gums. It also helps in the treatment of anorexia, bad breath and ulcers in the mouth.
- Obesity: The warm decoction of Triphala mixed with honey helps in combating obesity. Washing the wounds from Triphala decoction does not require any allopathic antiseptic.
- Cow’s ghee mixed with honey (ghee more and honey in less quantity) taken with Triphala powder is a boon for eyes.
- There are fewer chances of cataract, vitreous vision and other eye problems by the regular use of Triphala powder by following proper diet and lifestyle.
- Triphala is beneficial in all types of urinary tract disorders and diabetes. Triphala when taken with lukewarm water relieves constipation.
Dosage: Take 2-4 gm Triphala powder with plain water after lunch or take with lukewarm water in the night.
- Consumption of Triphala also gives protection from radiotherapy. In various researches, it was found that ill effects of gamma rays were not found in the individuals who consumed Triphala regularly. Therefore, Triphala powder is known as a precious gift of Ayurveda.
Precautions: Weak and lean individuals, pregnant women and persons suffering from fever should not consume Triphala.