Triphala - Frequently asked questions
1. What is Triphala and why is it so popular?
Triphala is an age-old ancient Ayurvedic remedy. It is a combination of three fruits: amla, harad and baheda. The three fruits help balance the entire body system by:
- decreasing tridosha (vata, pitta & kapha) (according to Ayurveda)
- balancing the basic elements of the body e.g. earth, water, fire, air and space
- scavenging free radicals and cleansing the entire respiratory system & digestive system (according to modern science)
Triphala detoxifies the body, increases immunity and gives nourishment to every cell of the body. It delays the early signs of ageing such as saggy skin, eye weakness, hair whitening and depleting memory. Triphala is also beneficial during seasonal changes to prevent diseases.
2. What are the normal indications for Triphala?
Triphala can be used as:
- A detox formulation which improves immunity & delays ageing
- Digestive tonic to promote digestion
- Mild laxative for the relief of occasional constipation
- Eye tonic (please see the usage in dosage & administration in the question below)
- A formulation for healthy skin & hair
3. How is Devang’s TRIPHALA different from other brands of Triphala available in the market?
- The ratio of the 3 fruits (amla, baheda & harad) in Triphala is normally 1:1:1, Devang’s Triphala has the 3 fruits in the ratio of 4:2:1 respectively
- A very high quality of fruit is used (chota amla & choti harad of high potency)
- Devang’s Triphala is suitable for everyone to get all types of benefits, and not only for people with the problem of constipation
4. Why 4:2:1?
We have used the 3 fruits (amla, baheda & harad) in the ratio of 4:2:1 in preparing our Triphala, which signifies:
- A large amount of amla (4 parts or 57%), which is full of vitamin C, the natural antioxidant, ensuring detoxification of the body and delaying ageing. Amla is highly nutritious (contains Ca, Fe, P, & fibers) and nourishes each cell of the body, including the eyes, skin and hair
- The quantity of Harad is minimized to 1 part (or 14%) to make Triphala suitable for everyone, and not only for people with constipation as Harad is a digestive stimulant and stomach cleanser
5. How do the three fruits in Triphala work for the benefit of the human body?
- vitamin C than any other natural source along with other active constituents (tannin, albumin, glutamic acid, ascorbic acid etc.).
- The antioxidants like vitamin C in amla detoxify the body and increase immunity by neutralizing disease-causing free radicals and restoring the level of antioxidant enzymes in the body
- Flushes out toxins and cleanses blood
- A digestive stimulant which increases the gastric emptying time (which means complete digestion of the food and clearing out any undigested part or waste material out of the body)
- The laxative effect of Triphala is mainly because of harad, as it stimulates the peristalsis whereas amla and baheda due to their astringent (constructive) property help to regulate the purgative action. Therefore, Triphala is beneficial in the conditions of constipation or indigestion.
- Prevents microbial infection and enhances the body’s resistance against diseases of the respiratory tract and gastrointestinal (G.I.) tract
6. What are the recommended dosages of Triphala?
The recommended dosage for Triphala powder is 2.5 to 5 grams (half to one teaspoonful) twice a day (morning empty stomach before breakfast and at night after dinner) or as directed by the physician. To get maximum advantage, one should consume Triphala with lukewarm water, honey or milk.
7. Why is Devang’s Triphala suitable for everybody and not only for people
The quantity of Harad is minimized to 1 part (or 14%) to make Triphala suitable for everyone, and not only for people with constipation, as Harad is a digestive stimulant and stomach cleanser.
It also contains a large amount of amla (4 parts or 57%), which is full of antioxidants, ensuring detoxification of the body and delaying ageing. Amla is highly nutritious and nourishes each cell of the body, including the eyes, skin and hair. These beneficial properties make Devang’s Triphala suitable for everyone.
8. What is the significance of the powder form of Triphala?
Scientific reasons behind the powder form of our medicines are:
- The powder form reaches the G.I. tract (digestive tract) and gets absorbed faster than tablets which usually take a long time to be absorbed into the blood stream
- The powder form contains no inactive or unwanted material (such as chemical binders & preservatives used in tablets/capsules)
- The taste of herbs has a therapeutic benefit and the action starts right after putting the powder inside your mouth (therefore do not worry about the taste of the product, it is for the sake of your own health benefit.)
We firmly believe in retaining the properties of the herbs in their natural form, and therefore we do not use the extracts of herbs. We have made all our products in powder form in order to avoid all forms of chemical binders and preservatives, which are not beneficial for human health. We understand that sometimes the powder form makes it difficult to consume the product, but the taste of herbs also has the therapeutic benefits. It is good to have a bitter medicine for a short period of time and receive its benefits than to have a medicine which you need to take lifelong and face harmful side effects.
9. How can one use Triphala as an eyewash to improve vision?
Soak Triphala powder in water at night and sieve it in the morning with a fine cloth to get clear Triphala water. Triphala water can be used to wash your eyes for improved vision.
10. What are the health guidelines for a healthy metabolism?
- Start your day with a glass of lukewarm water along with 1 teaspoon of Triphala.
- Eat high fiber food.
- Stay physically active and drink sufficient water.
- Eat only 2/3 of what your appetite desires.
- Have a few smaller meals instead of one large meal at a time.
- Eat only after the complete digestion of the previous meal.
- Sit in Vajrasan for 5-10 minutes just after food.
- Walk after lunch or dinner (approximately 100 steps).
11. What are the precautions while taking Triphala?
People suffering from any type of allergy should avoid taking Triphala.
12. What is an antioxidant (contained in high concentrations in Triphala’s amla) and how are antioxidants are beneficial for the human body?
An antioxidant is a molecule which inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. In simple language, an antioxidant is a substance that may prevent or delay cell damage caused due to unstable free radicals (any oxidized molecule with unpaired electron, known as Reactive Oxygen species).