Triphala; Ayurvedic combination for digestion
Triphala, a combination of three fruits. Widely used in traditional Ayurvedic Medicine for over 5000 years. According to Ayurvedic Medicine Triphala is considered as one of the staple and versatile formulation, the synergetic effect of tirphala helps in healing many health conditions.
What is triphala ?
A traditional Ayurvedic formula made from dried powers of three fruits, the name triphala derived from two Sanskrit words, the word “tri” means three, “phala” means fruits.
Medicinally and pharmacologically the combination of chebulinic acid, ellgic acid and gallic acid, which are potent antioxidants as it also consists of flavonoids and polyphenols, which can have potent antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
The Ayurvedic postulated indications are endless, however overall benefits of taking triphala are endless.
What is modern research saying?
Some of the benefits using Triphala that are published in scientific journals
- Promoting healthy Digestion as per the Ayurvedic Medicine
- Cold Stress Management
- Eye health
- Anti – Aging
- Anti-cancer Properties
- Preventing DNA damage
- Dental health and Gum health
Triphala Side effects
It is very unlikely that triphala can cause side effects as per the Ayurvedic Medicines, if consumed as advised by Ayurvedic practitioners.
Some of the rare side effects reported as
- As it acts as a natural laxative, hence may cause some gastric symptoms such as
- Stomach Upset
- Loose bowels
If the symptoms persist, please contact your health care provider.
It’s better to be avoided in pregnancy and lactation.
There are no standard guidelines on dosages, however as per the Ayurvedic classical medicine
Powder: take 3-6 grams with warm water once or twice a day – for digestive issues
Capsules: take one capsule two or three times a day or as prescribed by healthcare practitioners.
This article is intended for educating purpose only, for any healthcare advise please contact your healthcare practitioner.
Dr Satheesh Kumar MD, MPH, MHP