Embrace the season with a gentle “Spring Cleaning” for your digestive organs with Triphala.
Indian medicine tells us that a vast majority of diseases begin with stagnation in the digestive system. And during the winter, our bodies the ever devoted microcosm of the seasons becomes slow thick and sluggish: we tend to eat more, stay indoors and slow down. As Spring arrives, the thick and cold begins to melt in both the season and in our bodies and it’s important to encourage a smooth transition in order to avoid Spring related colds and allergies and to help us to better enjoy this time.
One of the most popular and effective herbs in ayurvedic medicine is triphala which means “three fruits”. Nutritionally these fruits contain high levels of vitamin C, B-vitamins and linoleic oil and when combined together in triphala powder they’re known to regulate the system from the inside out.
Here are some main benefits to triphala:
- Antioxidants within the fruits prevent free radical formation and delay signs of aging.
- Regulates peristalsis, the proper passage of food from one organ to the next and easily out.
- Reduces plaque formation in the arteries, reducing heart related health problems.
- Balances cholesterol levels by reducing the formation of low density lipoproteins (LDL or “bad” cholesterol).
- Improves vision (yes, believe me it’s true, I’ve noticed this myself) by increasing blood flow and nourishing the muscles of the eye, especially effective for minor near-sightedness.
- Gentle laxative properties, more so that it helps to regulate the bowels, but is particularly effective in chronic and passing episodes of constipation.
How to take Triphala:
The best way to take Triphala is to find the powder (called churna), place 1/2 tsp of the powder in the bottom of a cup and pour 4-6 oz boiling water over it. Cover and steep 10 minutes. Have this right before bed. If you are one of the rare (like me) who’s sleep is disrupted by Triphala, simply take this tea first thing in the morning. Tasting the bitter, astringent quality is an important component of its healing process. When in a pinch (or feeling skitish), you can buy it in capsule form. If so, take 1-2 capsules with hot water.
It’s safe to take triphala daily for 6 months, then let the body rest for 3-4 weeks and then resume if needed. Triphala can be found in indian health stores and widely online.
For constipation: Take triphala at night just before bed
For general colon cleansing/liver toning: Take triphala in the morning.