Triphala Churna, an Ayurvedic formulation, is a composition of three plants:
Amla, haritaki and bibhitaki
It does need a better understanding of the science that is Ayurveda, but Triphala Churna has been used as a medicine since thousands of years in India.
Last month, I read an entire chapter on Triphala in the book, GLOW, by Vasudha Rai, where she mentioned that:
“It has been proved over and over again that the health of your colon is directly linked to the glow on your face. If your colon is healthy, elimination is smoother. And when that happens, you get a flat belly, clear skin and sparkling eyes.”
It was after reading this chapter that I began taking Triphala Churna again, after a span of three decades. And it might sound exaggerating, but ever since I started taking it (December 28th), I have noticed quite a few improvements in my health, and my sleep.
Yes, you read that right. Triphala helps you sleep well.
Earlier, with the kind of disturbed sleep I had, it was a punishment waking up fresh. But since I began ending my day with Triphala tea, I noticed a marked improvement in my sleep pattern. Of course, there are still times when I wake up at 3 am and find it difficult to fall asleep again, but I am able to wake up at 5:45 am, every day, and that too, feeling fresh and energized.
That was something I hadn’t experienced in a long time.
So, let me share with you today some of the benefits of Triphala Churna that I have been experiencing. You need to make it a regular part of your daily life, only then will you be able to see a marked improvement in your overall wellbeing.
Triphala churna is made using three dried fruits:
Amla (Emblica Officinalis) – is famous for its high content of Vitamin C and for being an immunity booster.
Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) – has anti-inflammatory properties and is used in bacterial and viral infection.
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and is used for treating digestion-related problems, like constipation.
Its taste needs some getting-used-to, but once you do get used to drinking it, you are bound to make it a lifelong habit.
It contains all six Ayurvedic tastes: sweet, astringent, sour, salty, pungent and bitter.
BENEFITS OF TRIPHALA CHURNA:
1. TAKES CARE OF DIGESTION ISSUES:
Drinking a cup of Triphala tea at night helps with the easy elimination of waste. In short, you feel “clean” after your visit to the loo in the morning! No worries about constipation, flatulence, or irritable bowel syndrome.
2. HELPS YOU SLEEP WELL:
A cup of Triphala at night also helps me sleep well. It’s this particular benefit of the Ayurvedic medicine that enticed me into making it a part of my everyday routine. I fall asleep in no time and wake up fresh.
My sleep cycle has changed. The number of hours I sleep has reduced, too. But I feel better compared to earlier, in that I am alert, refreshed and ready to get going when I wake up at 5:45 am these days.
3. GOOD FOR THE EYES:
Triphala cures many eye problems because of the presence of Vitamin A in it.
It can cure age-related weakening of eyes, glaucoma, disorders of the conjunctiva, and loss of vision. For us, who stare at screens all day long, I am sure it will be of immense help washing the eyes with the solution and getting relief from strain and burning sensation.
READ Triphala for eyes
4. STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Ever since winter arrived in my city, people have been experiencing bouts of cold and cough. It’s contagious and can strike you, too, when in the company of a patient.
Triphala safeguards your body from infections and helps develops a stronger immune system.
I haven’t suffered from either cold or cough in this past month. Touchwood.
5. GIVES RELIEF FROM JOINT PAIN:
Earlier, when I woke up in the middle of the night, or in the morning, my feet would hurt making the short walk to the washroom. There used to be stiffness in my feet and I would have to stretch and flex them a bit.
These days, I don’t feel that stiffness either when I wake up in the middle of the night or in the morning. I walk without that accompanying pain that used to give me a feeling of having grown too old. Now I am waiting for the pain in the lower back to reduce, as well.
6. IMPROVES SKIN HEALTH:
Because Triphala helps cleanse the colon, takes care of digestion and helps in easy elimination of waste, it directly reflects on your skin. Your gut health is the number one determinant of your overall health, which includes your skin and hair, too.
Triphala brightens up the skin and strengthens your hair. Being made from antioxidant-rich amla, this medicine rejuvenates your skin, reduces pigmentation and also reduces dark circles, if used every day.
7. REGULATES PERIODS:
This month, I didn’t suffer from the immense, annoying pain in my lower back and stomach before periods, like always. I would like to believe it is because of the Triphala Churna, although I have been consuming it for only 20 days, for, this medicine works on the body over a period of time. Still, I feel it’s because of Triphala that I didn’t even realize when my periods began and when they ended this month!
8. INCREASES ENERGY:
The regular consumption of Triphala Churna helps increase your energy levels significantly. I can vouch for the fact that the afternoon lethargy that hit me earlier, making me very unproductive, has reduced a great deal. I can make do with a few minutes (at times even a two-minute) afternoon nap and I am refreshed on waking up. I feel pretty energetic throughout the day these days, and as I reflect upon how different I feel nowadays as compared to earlier, I realize it may have to do because of the regular consumption of Triphala.
(And, I am not saying it to sell a product. I mean it!)
9. GIVES A FLAT TUMMY:
A mild laxative, Triphala Churna helps clear the digestive tract. This helps flush out toxins. It also improves metabolism which results in the body using up energy from the food faster. This means our body doesn’t ‘store’ the food in the form of fats, And, this results in a flat tummy!
10. HELPS IN WEIGHT LOSS:
The above benefits of Triphala Churna result in weight reduction, too, as you may have guessed already!
HOW TO CONSUME TRIPHALA CHURNA:
- To a cup of warm water, add half a teaspoon of Triphala Churna. Mix well and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then drink it slowly. Have this at least one and a half or two hours after dinner. Let this be the last drink you have before you go to bed. It tastes bitter and you might not be able to take a second sip but keep drinking it to get used to it. Simple!
- You can consume the same drink first thing in the morning, too. Add a spoonful of Triphala to a glass of filtered water at night; keep it covered. In the morning, use the clear water to wash your eyes. Then, stir the rest of the water and drink it.
- I read that you can also take Triphala Churna with jaggery to detoxify the body.
- You can take it with warm water an hour before meals to improve your appetite.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY TRIPHALA CHURNA:
You can make the powder at home. You will find the three herbs at Amazon.
The three ingredients you will use: haritaki, bibhitaki, amla.
Make sure they are clean and dry. If they feel even slightly moist, dry them in the sun.
Then, at the ratio of 1:2:4, grind them to a fine powder.
Or, buy a jar of Triphala Churna from your local chemist. I buy the Zandu brand.
Other brands available, and known to me, are:
Or, you may check at Amazon for other brands and buy one.
Any positive change we make in our lifestyle needs to be developed into a habit. Making it a part of our everyday life regularly will ensure it becomes a lifelong habit. A habit that will ensure good health and happiness for years to come. Make Triphala a part of your lifestyle, today!
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