Triphala : Ayurvedic Treatment for all Digestion Problems
Our fast moving lifestyle has forced ourselves to cater to fast food outlets and restaurants, pulling ourselves away from the ever-green and healthier organic food. It’s hardly surprising that most of us require a spoonful of antacid after nearly every heavy meal or after having some unfamiliar food, to soothe that stomach and calm those cramps. Seeing the side-effect that prolonged use of western medicines can produce on human gastric systems, more and more people are leaning towards Ayurveda and homeopathy to solve those grasping pains in our stomachs.
The Triphala is an ayurvedic preparation of the combination of three fruits native to the Indian sub-continent. The three fruits are Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. According to Ayurvedic medicine, the combination of these fruits contains various substances that regulate the three doshas also called tridoshas of the body: pitta, vatta and kabha.
ABOUT THE THREE FRUITS
Amalaki, or Emblica officinalis, helps in the repairmen of the intestine and boosts the natural functions of the liver and the immune system. Bibhitaki, or Terminalia belerica supports the respiratory system, and regulates the level of mucus or kabha accumulation in the system. Haritaki or Terminalia chebula, can be used for all the three doshas promotes bowel efficiency and strength. By removing toxins, this fruit helps maintaining a toned and fit body, the result of efficient and healthy digestion of food. We can see the importance of this fruit in this preparation, and so it is easily given the highest position in a medical textbook about restoring health.
It can be easily seen what this medicine means to those who frequently use antacids and feel sluggish, weak and unsure of themselves. A healthy dosage of this preparation, depending on the recommendation of a physician, boosts the gastro-intestinal health and enables the alimentary canal to deliver a strong peristalsis. Being ayurvedic, it also has positive effects on the other body systems. Apart from being your handy and effective remedy for gastric problems, it acts like a strong anti-oxidant from removing dead tissues and rejuvenating the body cells. By affecting the cell cycles, this preparation helps in accelerating cardio-vascular activities and regulating cholesterol and lipid levels.
It has also been found to be a major source of Vitamin C, which are helpful for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Triphala on the whole, boosts all the activities of the body, and improves all the various body systems, which help the immune system to fight all sorts of diseases, ranging from common cold to uncontrollable cholesterol levels.
TAKING IT IN…
Triphala is made by a number of companies specialising in Ayurveda, like Banyan. It can be ingested in tablet form, powder form, or in the form of an extract. The easiest method is to take it as part of tea. This helps in better absorption of the medicine. Tablets are considered convenient for those who travel and do not like the taste of Triphala tea. Once the preparation has been ingested, it immediately begins work on the body.
The intestine normally produces a certain amount of mucus that lubricates it, but once the secretion increases in volume, this eventually prevents nutrient absorption by clogging the passage. Triphala cleanses this mucus off and gives way to a better digestion process.
Yes, you heard me right. No matter how really healthy this preparation is, an overdose can cause a healing overdrive as the medicine penetrates deep into the body tissues and brings out all the accumulated toxins. This is also called a ‘healing crisis’. This may be manifested on the patient by headaches, nausea and diarrhea. It can also lead to the reduction in the count of platelets. If at all the symptoms continue to persist, one should consult a doctor.
It’s hard for those with chronic indigestion problems to be unable to enjoy the pleasures that food can offer. In today’s world, it has started to become difficult in order to change our lifestyle; so much that we have to learn how to adapt with the changing lifestyle because the change is inevitable. Living and working while compromising on health is not the best option a working person can take, and the sources of the worst headaches can come from anywhere. Triphala, being a natural detoxifying agent, ensures that atleast indigestion and constipation don’t come under the list of being the gastral troublemakers.