Triphal – A Powerful Tonic for the Digestive System
Triphal (also called Triphala), literally means “three fruits.”
Made of equal proportions of three powerful Ayurvedic herbs- Amla, Chebulic Myrobalan, and Belleric Myrobalan, Triphal
is revered in Ayurvedic Medicine for the cleansing and nourishing benefits it imparts.
It helps cleanse and tonify the entire digestive tract, and helps detoxify the liver, intestines, and blood. This formula also helps regulate elimination and the flushing of toxins from the body.
But, unlike “heroic” laxatives, like Senna, Rhubarb, Aloe, and Cascara Sagarda, whose use is only safe short term, Triphal may be used over periods extending into even years. Why?
Trifal enhances the digestive fire and supports your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients from the foods you eat It is, therefore, deeply nourishing for all the seven types of body tissue (dhatus) named in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Because of this, in Ayurveda Triphal is in the category of medicinals called Rasayana, or Rejuvenatives, that are used to promote Longevity and Radiant Health.
In fact, Amla fruit, one of the three herbs found in this formula, (and also the leading herb in the restorative formula Chavanaprash) is found in Buddhist Art in the right hand of the “Medicine Buddha.” Amla has high levels of a very bioavailable form of Vitamin C as well.
Who Should Use Trifal?
Anyone (safe for children and seniors) suffering from chronic bowel problems such as
Gas and Bloating After Meals, During Pre-menstrum.
Irregular Bowel Movements such as going a day without elimination, or even just going at different times each day.
Great for children, too.
Acute/Chronic Constipation: Lack of urge, or presence of urge, but with dry, hard, difficult to pass stools, or a feeling of incomplete elimination (snakes or rocks!)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: alternating diarrhea and constipation, with painful intestinal cramps, similar to menstrual cramps in quality, and with bowel movements often urgent, and preceded by feverish sensation or chills.
Ulcerative Colitis: Diarrhea, with blood and mucus in the stools, sudden weight loss, fatigue. This needs to be diagnosed by a bio-medicine physician, in order to rule out more ominious disorders. This is, however, a serious and life threatening disorder. Natural Medicine, including Trifal, and other Herbals increase the efficacy of any treatment plan.
Acne and Skin Disorders: Especially if there is constipation, but even not, Trifal is a starting point for cleansing the Liver, Blood, and Intestines of toxins. To be taken along with other herbals specific for your skin disorder.
For chonic constipation, take 2-3 caps one hour before bed.
If insufficient, take 1-2 with meals also. Up to 9 per day.
For other problems, take 1-2 capsules with meals
For dosha balancing. Trifal is Tri-doshic, meaning it is balancing for all three doshas. It is also Sattvic, meaning it balances the Vital and Emotional Self.
Vata: open capsule and mix with a tsp. honey and take
Pitta: open capsule and mix with a tsp. ghee and take
Kapha: open capsule and mix with 6 oz. of water
In 1997, after five years of practice I discovered Ayush Brand o Ayurvedic Herbals. Ayush’s herbal products are the best I have found so far. Ayush is owned by a practicing Ayurvedic physician in
Open a capsule of Ayush Trifal and taste it. It is strong: bitter sour, faintly sweet, and astringent. I have tried other products and found them to be of less complex flavor, or tasteless, or worse, just powdered dried herb. In Ayurveda the preparation of herbs follows strict rules, so one should never just find ground up untreated herb matter in a capsule.
Finally, Ayush’s herbals are concentrated, so that they are very easily digested with high bioavailability.
Over the last 10 years I have taken Triphal often, at one point for about two years. I have given it to about three hundred plus patients, all but one who have loved it and had excellent results. Thank You.
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Eyton J. Shalom, M.S., L.Ac
Wellness Coaching, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine