The Benefits of Triphala for Hair, Skin and Intestinal Health
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 Churna for Internal Detoxification
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.
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
Triphala is also 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 here to be aware of as well .
Hair, Eyes and Skin Benefits
Triphala’s beneficial effects 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 in online health forums report much better skin and even clearing up of various skin diseases after using triphala churna, like this organic powder I take, 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.
Taken regularly, 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.
It’s just as likely though that improving your digestive system with triphala churna will give your hair follicles back the nutrients they need to grow new hairs 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 of your body heavily impacted by a tired liver and poor intestinal health.
Using powdered triphala can help improve the condition of your eyes and possibly enhance your vision if taken regularly.
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 very effective.
More Beneficial Effects for Better Health
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 vitamin C and 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 anticancer potential in scientific studies.
Triphala powder has also been used in research to treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, as well as reduce high LDL cholesterol levels.
It’s perhaps best to think of this Ayurvedic preparation not so much as a treatment for individual diseases, but more as a natural way to bring your body back into balance and clear out blockages and imbalance.
Where to Get Organic Triphala
Fortunately pure organic 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 highly rated fine powder and have been very happy with the positive 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 the same organic one in capsules taken at the recommended dose daily.
There are a several different ways and best 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 these benefits of triphala with and can help get the word out.