Triphala - Three Fruits to Heal Your Gut
Triphala is a very common natural remedy utilized in Ayurvedic practices to heal and recover the digestive system. It is a combination of three fruits: Haritaki, Amalaki and Bibhitaki.
When these fruits are combined, they create powerful Rasayana, which means rejuvenation in Sanskrit. Ayurveda believes that Rasayana types of foods and herbs can promote longevity and ojas. Ojas is the concept of "bliss", of filling your physical, mental and astral bodies with pure nectar, divine source of life, or elixir. Amas is the opposite of ojas - amas means toxicity, all the negative and unnatural items we ingest through our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.
To release amas, and increase ojas, Ayurveda encourages people to drink, eat and think rasayana. The closer your food is to alive in nature, the more nutrients and health benefits you'll receive, increasing your ojas.
Triphala can repair damage to the sequence of nature's intelligence in the "gaps" in the tissues, in the mechanics of transformation from one tissue to another. In other words, if a type of tissue forgets its connection to nature's intelligence, or is in some way damaged, Triphala can repair that damage before it manifests as a disease. This could have implications for fighting the growth of cancer or other aberrant cells.
Triphala is composed of:
1. Amlaki: is the best among rejuvenative herbs, contains the sweet, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent tastes, high in vitamin C, used to treat the common cold and fever; it is diuretic, digestive, laxative, liver tonic, restorative and anti-inflammatory - pacifies the Pitta dosha; helps purify toxins from the body, enhances food absorption, strengthens and stimulates the liver, powerful tonic for the lungs, helps the body fight respiratory infections, enhances fertility in both men and women, strengthens the cardiovascular system; enhances protein synthesis, promotes a positive nitrogen balance and strengthens the muscles, contributing to lean muscle mass;
2. Haritaki: treats constipation, dementia and diabetes, it is a potent anti-inflammatory and pacifies Vata dosha; rasayana for the eyes and skin, helps prevent eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts, and cleanses wounds promoting healing and regeneration from the inside; helps enhance the absorption of nutrients in food; enhances mental clarity and memory; good for the health of the spleen and liver, and is a famous preventive for any liver problems; anti-aging that supports the immune system.
3. Bibhitaki: homeostatic, meaning that it helps create balance and pure blood in the body; cleanses the nutritive fluid, the blood, the muscle and the fat tissue, excellent for balancing and nurturing the vocal chords, is antibacterial, and is rasayana for the eyes; nourishes the hair, and strengthens the hair root, color, and stability; prevents diabetes, high blood pressure and rheumatism.