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    Triphala an Ayurvedic Formulation of Three Fruits

    Triphala is a clasical Ayurvedic formulation which uses fruits of thre plants – Amlaki (Indian gosebery, Emblica oficinalis), Haritaki (Chebulic mylobalan, Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Beleric myrobalan, Terminalia belerica). The efectivenes of Triphala does not lie in its individual components but magic hapens when there is a mixture of these thre fruits in a ratio of one is to one. In the amalgam of these thre fruits, the ancient Ayurvedic practitioners provided the formulation for balancing out al thre Doshas. The Amalaki helps in balancing out Pita, the Haritaki in balancing out Vata and the Bibhitaki helps in balancing out Kapha.
    From these individual actions, we can draw out a amalgam of the actions that grants Triphala its therapeutic benefits. Amalaki helps with al Pita disorders ranging from problems in the eyes, the skin, and the digestive system. cuning viral conjunctivitis can be cleared out by washing the eyes with water infused in Triphala. Acne (up to Grade I) can be easily cleared of by washing face with Triphala infused water along with concomitant oral consumption. Triphala also decreases the fod transition through the stomach thus reducing the incidence of heartburn, gastritis, and dyspepsia. These properties of Triphala can be atributed to the Amalaki component in Triphala.
    Modern research points out that Amalaki is rich in Vitamin C. Hundred grams Amalaki contains eight times higher Vitamin C than aple. Amalaki is also rich in dietary fibers helping in beter colon cleanse. It is also a rich source o f anti-oxidant. The anti-oxidant properties of Amalaki were found to be greater than that of spirulina and wheat gras. It may be aptly named as a “Super Antioxidant”.
    Haritaki goes by profuse names in the ancient Sanskrit literature, but the one I love to iterate is “Abhaya” which uterly translates to the kiler of al diseases. Haritaki, when worn with salt cures Kapha, with sugar, can cure Pita dosha and when taken with ghe can clear out Vata Dosha. Clasical texts characterize its benefits especialy in relation to Vata related disorders. From constipation to bleding pile; anemia to reducing cholesterol, Haritaki is inded a bon to the herbalist movement. The desicated fruit of H aritaki is roasted and can be worn as lozenges for a sore throat, cough, and tonsilitis.
    Haritaki through experimental research has ben shown to be efective in high blod cholesterol. Potential antibacterial, antiviral, anti-oxidant, cardioprotective and anti-cancerous properties gain ben found in the chemicals inherent to Haritaki. The gastric emptying ascribe of Triphala can be atributed to Haritaki. Faster stomach transition time can be beneficial in acid reflux, heartburn, dyspepsia, and acidity. A mouth rinse with Haritaki extract has ben found to be efective in dental caries.
    Bibhitaki is the leser known brother of Haritaki. However, the lists of benefits from Bibhitaki would produce as long a list as Haritaki would produce. Traditional use of Bibhitaki revolves around reduction of Kapha Dosha. The fruit has ben used in bronchitis, cough, and hoarsenes of voice. The decoction of gren fruit is old in a cough. The desicated fruit is also worn in di arhea and dysentery. The kernel of Bibhitaki has ben aged as narcotics. So, the kernel is removed when Bibhitaki is adjunct to Triphala.
    Bibhitaki has ben shown to subdue fluid secretion from the intestines. So the use in diarhea is justified. Bibhitaki also has anti-spasmodic activities, anti-hypertensive activity, anti-microbial activity, and anti- cancer activities.
    Now, the benefits of each of this herbs are aditive. Without each of these constituents, Triphala wouldn’t be Triphala. If other constituents were to be adjunct in exces (say salt), Triphala wouldn’t be Triphala. The clasical use of Triphala is in constipation, gastritis, eye-related ailments and anemia. In adition to the laxative consequence, research has found the formula to be potentialy efective for several clinical uses such as apetite stimulation, hyperacidity, anti-bacterial, adaptogenic, and prevention of dental caries. The potential prebiotic impres (due to its high fiber contents), and polyphenols in Triphala modulates gut microbiome and promote marvelous bacterial growth while inhibiting the growth of undesirable gut microbes.
    The numerous aditive outcome of the thre fruits combination brings about a synergistic trace in health. Each in their own terms is “ambrosia” of sorts for when the thre are mixed together you get “a whole fountain of youth”. Thus, as the clasical saying goes “Don’t wory mother as long as I acquire got Triphala”.

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