Nilanjana Rai Reward Points : 27800 Member Since : Saturday, March 14, 2009
Hi, I want to know the benefits of triphala. All I know about Triphala is that it is an Ayurvedic herbal rasayana that is used for various purposes but is it really helpful in reducing weight?
Posted On : 4/2/2009 2:08:30 AM
Bidyut Sinha Reward Points : 10500 Member Since : Friday, August 08, 2008
Triphala combines both nutritional as well as blood and liver cleansing detoxifying actions. It has little function as a local demulcent but is more of a lubricating source of nourishment and also possesses some bitter anthroquinones which help stimulate bile flow and peristalsis. However, the ayurvedic doctors generally do not regard Triphala as a mere laxative. Some of the scientific research and practical experience of people using it down through the ages has demonstrated that triphala is an effective blood purifier that stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver, helps digestion and assimilation, and significantly reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels throughout body. As a result, it is regarded as a kind of universal panacea and is the most commonly prescribed herbal formula. WHEN CONSUMED FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME TRIPHALA HELPS IN REDUCING WEIGHT ALSO.
Triphala is one of the most famous herbal compounds in ayurvedic medicine. Triphala literally means three fruits. The three fruits contained in Triphala are Haritaki, Amalaki and Bibhitaki. Traditionally, Triphala comes in many different forms, including the Triphala tablets available from Maharishi Ayurveda Products International. Triphala can also be mixed with other herbs in compound formulations. Triphala Guggulu, for instance, is much more powerful than Guggulu alone. Triphala balances Apana Vata, the subdosha of Vata that governs the colon, lower abdomen, menstrual flow and elimination. For most people Triphala is a mild laxative, and for that reason it is excellent for clearing toxins from the digestive system. In very rare cases it has a stronger laxative effect, but usually it is an ideal bowel cleanser precisely because of its mildness. In moderate doses it is gentle, and detoxifies the body slowly. Because it is slow, you can take Triphala for longer periods of time, and then it has a deeply purifying effect. It goes deep into the physiology and releases the toxins at a much deeper level. Because it detoxifies the blood, muscle and fat tissues, it is excellent for preventing skin disease. And because it removes ama from the fat tissue, Triphala also helps balance cholesterol.
Posted On : 4/2/2009 10:42:13 PM
Anju Malhotra Reward Points : 61200 Member Since : Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The recipe for this traditional herbal supplement dates back thousands of years and is referenced in the traditional Indian texts the Charak and Sushrut Samhitas. Triphala is considered a tridoshic rasayan , having balancing and rejuvenating effects on the three constitutional elements that govern human life: Vata which regulates the nervous system, Pitta which maintains metabolic processes, and Kapha which supports structural integrity. Some of the most popular herbal remedies in the health supplement departments are those which cleanse by promoting bowel movement. A reason is that one of the most common problems among many individuals is constipation and bowel irregularity. This can lead to poorer general digestion and liver function, less vitality and perhaps even less optimism and an overall poorer outlook and quality of life. Consider how tremendously valuable a formula would be that not only regulates bowel movement but at the same time does the following things: improves digestion is antioxidant rich improves circulation cardiotonic and capillary strengthening flavonoids potentiates adrenergic function helps the body recover from stress contains linoleic acid an essential fatty acid and phospholipids lowers blood pressure exerts a marked heart-protective and cardio-tonic effect reduces serum cholesterol improves liver function and is liver protective is anti-inflammatory constituents include Vit. C and quercetin is expectorant has anti-viral HIV, AIDS, herpes, CMV properties has anti-bacterial properties has anti-cancer properties has anti-allergy properties has anti-mutagenic properties assists in weight loss Sound like a panacea? Well, it may be just about that. Triphala is the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formula of India partly because it is an effective laxative which also supports the body s vitality. The constitution of vegetarian Hindus cannot tolerate harsh laxatives anymore than vegetarians in other countries. Because of its high nutritional value, Triphala is considered to uniquely cleanse and detoxify at the deepest organic levels without depleting the body s reserves. This may make it one of the most valuable herbal preparations in the world. How is triphala different from other kinds of laxatives? There are three primary types of herbal laxatives, sometimes overlapping in even one plant. The first type is more irritating and draining while the other two are more lubricating and nourishing. The strongest yet also potentially most harsh type is called the purgative and includes herbs such as senna, rhubarb, buckthorn, coffeeberry and cascara. These often contain bitter principles in the form of anthroquinones which work by stimulating the peristaltic action of the intestinal lining or by promoting the secretion of bile through the liver and gall bladder. The tasting of the bitterness induces many other beneficial digestive secretions as well. Entire schools of herbalism in both the east and the west have been largely devoted to this bitter purgative road leading to the goal of detoxification. The second type of laxative is a lubricating, oily or moist laxative and includes oils and seeds of hemp or sesame and the kernals of various members of the stone-fruit genus Prunus such as Apricot, Peach, and Bush Cherry. Oils cause the gallbladder to secrete bile in healthy people which can enhance digestion as well. These items are more nourishing in general than the purgatives, but more care is needed in their use than in the last type. Castor oil is in this oily group but castor seed also has irritating properties which are largely purified in making the oil which are more purgative. Flax gives both the lubricating oil and another type of compound in the seed which brings us to the last type of laxative, a very thick topic indeed. The third type is the soluble fiber or mucilaginous bulk laxative, including demulcent substances such as psyllium seed, marshmallow root, irish moss, guar gum and flax seed. This is more purely nutritional and local in action and usually does not have any significant direct effect on either the liver or the gall bladder. Rather, these materials work like a sponge by swelling and absorbing fluid, thus acting as an intestinal broom. Triphala combines both nutritional as well as blood and liver cleansing detoxifying actions. It has little function as a local demulcent but is more of a lubricating source of nourishment and also possesses some bitter anthroquinones which help stimulate bile flow and peristalsis. The nutritional aspect is partly in the form of its bioflavonoids, high vitamin C content and the presence of linoleic oil, phospholipids and other important nutrients which it makes more of a tonic. Typically, people who are in need of purgatives are those whose bowel irregularity is caused by liver and gall bladder congestion. An excess or heated pitta type may benefit from this type the most directly as well. Those in need of oily or demulcent laxatives are those with intestinal dryness caused by a variety of metabolic factors including dietary and nutritional deficiencies as well as conditions of metabolism. The oily ones may be better for vata and some deficient types in general and the milder demulcents for anyone really but particularly for kapha or damp types, who may not do well with cold or oily herbs. As mentioned, triphala does well for all these types. Triphala has strength as well as gentleness and versatility. It will prove useful for all kinds of constipation except that caused by a lack of vital energy or qi . Even for the latter type, it will not further deplete such an individual and can be made to work well if it is combined with other qi, blood or yang-warming tonic herbs such as ginseng for qi tonification, tang kuei for blood tonification and prepared aconite for yang tonification. Herbal healing is largely a matter of strategy. One approach may emphasize tonification while another emphasizes elimination. The problem with overemphasizing tonification is that it can lead to further stagnation and congestion in an excess condition. Emphasizing elimination through the overuse of purgatives in an already deficient individual can further deplete the body s store of minerals and essential B vitamins as well as create an imbalance of beneficial intestinal micro-organisms. The result is weakness with a likely tendency towards chronic fatigue and anemia. Since the body is always simultaneously involved with maintaining and gaining strength through good nutrition as well as eliminating waste, triphala is unique in that it is naturally able to support both vital processes simultaneously. Because of its high nutritional content, Ayurvedic doctors generally do not regard Triphala as a mere laxative. Some of the scientific research and practical experience of people using it down through the ages has demonstrated that triphala is an effective blood purifier that stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver, helps digestion and assimilation, and significantly reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels throughout body. As a result, it is regarded as a kind of universal panacea and is the most commonly prescribed herbal formula. A popular folk saying in India is, No mother? Do not worry so long as you have triphala. One reason is that Indian people believe triphala is able to care for the internal organs of the body as a mother cares for her children, nourishing like a mothers milk and cleaning like her gentle hand. Each of the three herbal fruits of triphala takes care of the body by improving digestion and assimilation while gently promoting internal cleansing of all conditions of stagnation and excess.
Posted On : 4/4/2009 3:12:21 AM
Siddharth Ray Reward Points : 61200 Member Since : Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Clinical studies confirm the efficacy of Triphala as rasayana imparting longevity, immunity and body resistance Useful for treating chronic constipation Regulating digestion Bowel regulation Rejuvenator Antioxidant actions Adapotogenic Immunomodulator As an eye wash to relieve eye diseases. Triphala three fruits is a highly esteemed and widely utilized Ayurvedic formula for gastrointestinal health. Triphala is traditionally used to maintain a healthy colon, improve digestion and rejuvenate and strengthen tissues. Many of the benefits you see from Triphala come from its cleansing quality. Triphala helps the body get rid of accumulated ama digestive toxins , and if taken regularly for maintenance, helps prevent ama from building up in the body The digestive benefits of Triphala Terminalia bellerica, Terminalia chebula and Phyllanthus emblica may be due to: Binding to a digestive hormone linked with gastrointestinal upset CCK or cholecystokinin Increasing bile acid excretion, raising levels of healthy cholesterol HDL and lowering levels of bad cholesterol LDL and triglycerides Scavenging free radicals antioxidant activity Because of its high nutritional content, Ayurvedic Traditional Indian doctors generally do not regard Triphala as a mere laxative. Some of the scientific research and practical experience of people using it down through the ages has demonstrated that Triphala is an effective blood purifier that stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifi es the liver, helps digestion and assimilation, and significantly reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels throughout body. As a result, it is regarded as a kind of universal panacea. Each of the three herbal fruits in Triphala, Harada, Amla and Bihara take care of the body by gently promoting internal cleansing while at the same time improving digestion and assimilation. These three fruits have been scientifi cally studied and confirm some of Triphala s known traditional benefits. These include the lowering of cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, benefiting circulation, improving digestion and regulating elimination without causing any laxative dependency.