Triphala Juice, contains juices or Ras of three fruits viz. Amla juice, Haritaki Juice and Baheda juice. It helps innumerable health condition including constipation, detoxification, indigestion, obesity, weakness of eyesight, diseases of the liver and gastro-intestinal tract, viral infections including herpes and venereal warts, degenerative and metabolic disorders, vitamin C deficiency and rejuvenation.
Triphala is best known for its constipation treating action. It is a non-habit forming mild laxative. It is not too harsh and suits everybody. It is a Rasayan or Rejuvenator (Kaya Kalpa tonic) due to its excellent immune stimulating and antioxidant properties. It keeps eyesight strong and prevents premature graying of hair. It detoxifies body and hence helps in diseases of skin.
Triphala juice helps to lose weight in obesity through various mechanism. It supports better metabolism, fat burning and hemoglobin level. It improves digestion, assimilation and evacuation or emptying the rectum. It improves use of insulin in body and helps in better management of sugar. It lowers serum cholesterol level and triglycerides level. Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage.
- Synonyms: Triphla Ras, Trifala Juice, Trifla Juice, Itrifal (Haleela, Balela, Amla) Juice
- Availability: Online and at medical stores
- Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
- Main Indication: Health Tonic, dietary supplement
- Suitable for: Person above the age of 5 years
- Dosha effect: Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha
- Dhatu (tissue): All tissues rejuvenated
- Srotas (channel): All channels cleansed, especially channels of elimination
Ingredients of Triphala Juice
Juice of Terminalia chebula (Chebulic myrobalan/Haritaki), Terminalia bellirica (Beleric myrobalan/ Bibhitaka) and Emblica officinalis (Indian gooseberry/Amla).
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula, is mainly Kashaya (astringent) in taste and all tastes except salty (Rasa), sweet after digestion (Madhur Vipaka), and is heating in effect (Virya). It is light, dry in qualities (Guna). It cures diseases of the Vata Dosha. Haritaki acts on Digestive, excretory, nervous, respiratory system. It has Laxative, astringent, anthelmintic, nervine, expectorant and tonic action. Haritaki is contraindicated in pregnancy due to its laxative and descending nature.
Bibhitaki – Terminalia belerica, is Kashaya (astringent), Madhur (sweet) in taste, sweet after digestion (Madhur Vipaka), and is heating in effect (Virya). It is light, dry in qualities (Guna). It balances Vata-Pitta-Kapha but aggravates Vata in excess. It has Expectorant, bronchodilator, astringent, laxative, anthelmintic, lithotropic and tonic properties. Vibhitaki is contraindicated in aggravated vata, Dry symptoms in the lungs, skin and bowels.
Amalaki – Emblica officinalis has all tastes except salty. It has primarily sour, bitter, astringent taste (Rasa). It is sweet after digestion (Madhur Vipaka), and is heating in effect (Virya). It is light, dry in qualities (Guna). It pacifies all Dosha (tridosaghna) but primarily Pitta and Vata are reduced, and Kapha is increased. It increases ojas. It has Antacid, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, alterative, adaptogen, digestive, laxative, hepatoprotective, astringent, haemostatic, antioxidant, cardiotonic, nutritive, ophthalmic, tonic, aphrodisiac properties.
Constituents Present in Triphala
Tannins, alkaloids, sennoside, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), bioflavonoids, mucilage, ellagic acid, gallic acid, chebulinic acid, bellericanin, ß-sitosterol and flavanoids.
Important Medicinal Properties
- Alterative: Alter favorably the course of an ailment.
- Anti-allergic: Prevents, or relieves an allergy.
- Antibacterial: Active against bacteria.
- Anti–fungal: Active against fungus.
- Anti-inflammatory: Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.
- Antimicrobial: Active against microbes.
- Anti-obesity: Reducing or controlling obesity.
- Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.
- Anti-viral: Effective against viruses.
- Aperient: Used to relieve constipation.
- Astringents: Constrict tissues; styptic.
- Cardio-tonic: Tonic for heart.
- Carminative: Preventing the formation or causing the expulsion of flatulence.
- Expectorant: Promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to treat coughs.
- Laxative: Tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels.
- Rejuvenative to the whole GIT
- Tonic: Restore or improve health or well-being.
Ayurvedic Properties and Action of Triphala Powder
Triphala is used in Ayurveda from time immemorial. This combination contains five tastes. It is cool in potency and madhur-vipak. It pacifies excess heat in body. Triphala gives nourishment to body and steadiness and supports building of body fluids. It is a Sheet Virya herb. Sheet Virya or Cool potency herb, subdues Pitta (Bile) Vata (Wind) and increases Kapha (Mucus). Sheet Virya herb gives nourishment to body and steadiness. It supports building of body fluids.
- Rasa (taste): Kashaya (Astringent), Madhura (Sweet), Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter), Amla (Sour)
- Virya (energy): Shita (Cold)
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Madhur (Sweet)
- Dosha effect: Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha
- Pachana: Digests Ama but does not increase appetite.
- Deepan: Increase appetite.
- Anulomana: Mild laxative, redirects the flow downwards
- Netrarogaghna: Treats eye disorders
- Pramehaghna: Alleviates diabetes
- Virechana: Removes from the anal canal aggravated Doshas.
- Kasahara: Removes cough.
- Rasayan: alternative tonics, prevent or remove the effects of age, increase the vigour of healthy persons and cure the ailments of the sick.
Benefits of Triphala Juice
- It is boon for digestive system. It keeps digestive tract healthy, improves liver and gallbladder function. It draws toxins from the colon and promotes toning, rejuvenation, and the passage of stool.
- It pacifies Vata-vikar and cleanses the digestive tract. It aid to elimination and purification. It tones and strengthens digestive tract and promote regular and complete evacuation of the bowels.
- It strengthens lungs. It removes congestion and phlegm. Its intake gives relief in seasonal allergies such as watery eyes, sneezing, coughing etc.
- It is rich source of tannins, which is known to affect the integrity of mucus membrane. Tannins with their protein precipitating and vasoconstriction effects could be advantageous in preventing ulcer development.
- It boosts immunity and hemoglobin level.
- It is a tonic for whole body.
- It is a time tested medicine.
- It is safe to use.
Important Therapeutic Uses of Triphala Juice
- Abdominal gas and distension
- All Tridoshic diseases (diseases due to vitiation of all three dishes)
- All types of allergies, rhinitis, hay fever, sinusitis
- Chronic diarrhea
- Degenerative and metabolic disorders
- Digestive disorders, low appetite, chronic constipation (it may not be effective in some acute constipation)
- Excess salivation
- Eye diseases
- Gland disorders, fever, anorexia, and abdominal disorders
- Laryngitis, cough, phlegm, congestion
- Liver and gastro-intestinal tract
- Rejuvenation, tonic
- Sluggishness, constipation, bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain and indigestion
- To gently detoxify the body and rejuvenate the digestive system
- Urinary tract infections
- Viral infections including herpes and venereal warts
- Vitamin C deficiency
Dosage of Triphala Juice
- Shake well before use.
- Children above the age of 5 can be given 2.5-5 ml of juice once or twice a day.
- Adult can take 20-30ml of juice.
- It may be diluted with 100 ml water.
- It can be taken twice a day.
- It should be taken before meals.
- Drink it before breakfast and before sleeping.
- Or take as directed by doctor.
Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings
- Consume within 1 month after opening the lid and store in refrigerator.
- It is completely safe to take this medicine in recommended doses.
- In case, Triphala does not suit you empty stomach, then take one hour after meals.
- It should not be consumed during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It may cause loose motions and contractions.
- It is not recommended for children below the age of 5.
- You should not consume Triphala if, suffering from gastritis, acidity, skin dryness, irritable bowel syndrome or weakness and by a woman trying for baby.
- Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
- Triphala has laxative effect and few sensitive people may suffer from loose motion. In such case reduce the dose.
- It may show diuretic effect in few people. They should avoid taking triphala at night, as it may disturb sleep. They can take it in the morning.
- It may cause sleepiness.
- In some cases, it may trigger temporary gastrointestinal side effects such as gas, stomach upset, and diarrhea.