The Benefits of Triphala for Hair, Skin and Intestinal Health
What is Triphala?
Triphala is one of the most highly prized formulas in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine and it can have some remarkable benefits for your health and appearance.
The name triphala means ‘three fruits’ and it is made by combining preparations of dried and powdered bibhitaki, haritaki and amalaki (commonly known as amla).
Each of these powerful fruits have their own health giving properties but, according to Ayurveda, when they are combined in triphala powder the benefits are amplified.
Triphala is especially revered for its ability to aid in balancing the three doshas — vata, pitta and kapha. In Ayurvedic understanding, imbalances in the doshas can affect you not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.
It’s beyond the scope of this page to do justice to all the complexities of the doshas in Ayurveda. But I’ve personally found physical internal cleansing with this triphala powder has improved not only my digestive health, but also both my mental focus and general outlook on life since I’ve been taking it.
The Benefits of Triphala for Internal Cleansing and Detoxifying
Digestive Tract Cleansing and Nutrient Absorption
Triphala is rare in its ability to cleanse and detoxify the human body while simultaneously strengthening and nourishing it. Working as a gentle laxative, it stimulates the peristaltic actions of the intestines to improve elimination whilst removing toxins.
At the same time it is said to rejuvenate the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, providing favorable conditions for the beneficial bacteria that your immune system relies on so much.
With your intestinal health improved, digestion and importantly assimilation of the food and nutrients you eat is also enhanced. As we’ll see ahead, this can be especially beneficial for weight loss, as well as general tiredness and fatigue and a whole host of different illnesses.
Powdered triphala is a particularly effective treatment for constipation and you can find how to use it for this purpose here.
Gallbladder, Kidney and Liver Rejuvenation
Benefits of triphala also include being a powerful liver cleanser and detoxifier, improving gallbladder function and rejuvenating and strengthening the kidneys. It is even prescribed in India as a treatment for kidney stones.
Perhaps due to its beneficial effects on the liver, triphala is often recommended as an effective blood purifier. The amla fruit it contains in particular is extremely rich in antioxidants to improve circulation and promote healthy cellular regeneration.
One important precaution though when taking triphala powder is that it should never be used by pregnant women. There are a couple of other potential side effects of triphala to be aware of as well that are covered on the next page.
Triphala for Skin, Hair and Eyes
All of these triphala benefits not only improve your health and well-being internally, they can also enhance your skin and hair’s appearance. Internal cleansing and particularly liver detoxification will often have a beneficial effect on your eyes as well.
Your skin’s complexion usually shows the effectiveness, or otherwise, of your internal organs at elimination and removing toxins, particularly your liver. Many people report much better skin and the clearing up of various skin diseases after using triphala churna regularly.
The nourishing properties and antioxidant content of triphala make it especially beneficial as a way to improve your skin health from the inside. It’s high vitamin C content also promotes collagen formation for firmer skin tone.
Triphala powder is often recommended for acne problems as well. With its strong antibacterial and astringent properties some resources suggest mixing triphala with water into a paste and using it as a face mask acne treatment.
Test a small area of your skin first before applying a triphala mask to your entire face. Sensitive skin could show irritation and this method of treating acne would be likely to sting any visible pimples.
Hair Growth and Grey Hairs
As important as your hair may be to you, it’s right down on your body’s list of priorities. As such, it’s one of the first to miss out when nutrients are scarce and is usually one of the places that shows up long-term deficiencies and imbalances.
Whether it be with hair loss, graying hair or even just dry, brittle and lifeless strands, consistently poor hair quality is a reliable sign that you are lacking certain elements nutritionally.
Interestingly, triphala is often reported as effective at promoting hair growth. Amla, one of its three ingredients, in particular is well known for its beneficial effect on your hair. But it’s just as likely that improving your digestive system with triphala churna will give your hair follicles back what they need to grow hair properly.
Premature grey hair is also often treated with triphala powder in Ayurveda. While the exact mechanism for how triphala prevents further grey hairs isn’t known, it’s broad array of antioxidants can help protect against many different signs of aging.
Healthy Eyes and Better Vision
Your eyes are another area that can be heavily impacted by a tired liver and poor intestinal health. Triphala health benefits can also include improving the condition of your eyes and possibly enhancing your vision.
In Ayurveda. it has been prescribed to treat dry eyes, strained vision, eye redness and more serious eye disorders like cataract and glaucoma.
Taking triphala churna internally for its antioxidants and other nutrients would be valuable for improving your eyes, but you can also make up a triphala eye wash at home which many, myself included have found surprisingly effective.
Other Triphala Health Benefits
Triphala is indicated for many ailments in Ayurvedic medicine and is indeed seen as something of a cure-all due to its balancing, cleansing and nourishing properties.
Some of the most commonly reported triphala benefits include using it as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), to help lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar and even as an effective weight-loss treatment.
It has antibacterial and antiviral properties to help improve your immunity and is a rich source of a broad range of antioxidants to neutralize free radical damage.
One of the most powerful of these antioxidants is gallic acid, a compound that has shown great potential in reducing the risk of certain types of cancers like prostate and colon cancer.
Triphala powder has even shown promising results in animal studies on treating arthritis and other inflammatory diseases as well as reducing high LDL cholesterol levels associated with heart disease.
With such a broad range of disorders reported to respond to taking triphala, it’s perhaps best to think of it not so much as a treatment for individual diseases, but more as a natural way to bring the body back into balance and clear out blockages and imbalances, no matter what label we may put on them.
Fortunately pure triphala powder is now readily available worldwide with cheap international delivery to countries like India. Looking for a good formula with organic ingredients I found this Planetary Herbals preparation and have been very happy with the effects when I take it.
Some people prefer capsules and, while I feel that powdered whole fruits are better personally, many report great results with this special formulation taken daily.
There are a few different ways and times to take triphala which I’ll be covering ahead, but I think there’s a real need for this ancient Ayurvedic healing formula in today’s modern world.
This is particularly true in America, with the huge rise in digestive problems like constipation and associated health issues. Perhaps you know someone worth sharing the benefits of triphala with and can help get the word out.