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Trikatu is a very famous classical warming herbal formulation of Ayurveda. In Sanskrit Tri means three and Katu means pungent, so this combination of three pungent called Trikatu. Trikatu churna or powder is prepared by mixing equal amount of fruits of Pippali, Kali mirch and dried rhizome of Adrak (Sunthi). All three spices are hot in potency and effective against both digestive and respiratory illness.
Trikatu is very useful in treating diseases that occur due to deranged vata and kapha. It stimulates digestive fire, improves assimilation of nutrients in body and reduces Kapha. It is a rejuvenator and tonic. Trikatu pacifies aggravated Kapha in the respiratory and digestive tract. It also regulates the path for the Vata and reduces bloating. Studies on Trikatu churna shows it’s antibacterial properties.
Benefit of Trikatu Churna
Trikatu Improves Digestion and Assimilation
Trikatu churna is good for digestive system. It improves metabolism and reduces obesity. For person suffering from impaired digestion, bloating, gaseous distension, poor absorption of nutrients, it is an excellent OTC herbal remedy.
Kali mirch and Pippali, both contain pungent alkaloid piperine. Piperine is liver protecting, analgesic, gastro protective and influences metabolic activity. This compound stimulates better digestion. It increases body heat and thus increases the bioavailability of nutrients. It improves metabolism and also reduces mucus. Dried ginger or Sunthi, reduces mucus and vata inside body and increases pitta for better digestion.
Trikatu is useful in treating Indigestion, Abdominal gas, Flatulence, Loss of appetite, Impaired Digestion, Impaired Assimilation etc.
Trikatu is useful in Respiratory infections
The three ingredients are warming and expectorant. This makes Trikatu effective against respiratory infection and excessive mucus.
Trikatu is indicated in treatment of upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, excessive mucus, sore throat, runny nose, cough etc. In Kapha treatment, it is taken with honey.
Trikatu is a rasayana that improves body immunity, cures diseases related to digestive and respiratory system, removes body toxins and improves overall health.
The Three ingredients of Trikatu
Pipali or Indian Long Pepper (Piper Longum)
Black Pepper or Kali Mirch (Piper Nigrum)
Saunth or Sunthi (Dried Rhizome of Zingiber Officinale)
You can make Trikatu churna at home. For making this churna you will need three spices Kali mirch, Sonth and Long pepper in eqaul amount. All should be pulverised and sieved to get a fine powder, which is trikatu.
Therapeutic use of Trikatu churna
- Improves immunity, digestion, appetite, metabolism
- Triggers natural immune system to fight against bacterial infection
- Reduces mucus, congestion and toxins
- Reduces lipid and cholesterol levels in blood
- Stimulates metabolism, better digestion of fats, protein and thus helps to reduce obesity
Dosage of Trikatu Churna
½ to 1 teaspoon hour before meal with honey. If it very pungent in taste as such and very hot used as warming medicine.
Use very little amount at a time other wise you many feel burning sensation in stomach and may cause gastric problems.
How to buy Trikatu
You can buy this medicine from medical store or buy online as this is manufactured by many phama companies in India.