The popular Indian proverb - "You don't have a mother? Don't worry as long as you have triphala" - refers to one of the most used Ayurvedic preparations, and the meaning is that it takes care of the entire state of the organism the way a mother takes care of her children.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical systems in the world, and triphala has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. It helps maintain gut health and improves digestion, detoxifies the body and supports the immune system. Due to its favorable effect on the most general factors of health in Ayurveda, it is included in the so-called rasajane - preparations that contribute to longevity.
Triphala is a mixture of three herbs: amla (Emblica officinalis), bibitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and haritaki (Terminalia chebula). It is extremely rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Modern scientific studies have shown that triphala has a beneficial effect on the following health problems.
Protects oral health. Research conducted on women has shown that rinsing the mouth with a triphala solution reduces tooth decay and relieves gum inflammation.
Triphala has also been found to be good at preventing bleeding gums and caries.
Protects the skin. Laboratory testing on human skin cells has shown that triphala has a protective effect on the epidermis and dermal fibroblasts - these are the cells of the subcutaneous layer that help the skin recover from injuries. Triphala also stimulates collagen production.
It lowers the sugar level. A study conducted on 150 subjects found that triphala can lower blood sugar levels.
Prevents constipation. A clinical trial analyzed the effect of triphala on 34 people who suffered from constipation. It has been shown to promote bowel movements, prevent incomplete emptying and other symptoms associated with constipation. (In addition to triphala, the subjects also took psyllium and senna extract.)
It has an anti-cancer effect. This effect of triphala has been studied in the laboratory and on animals. The results were convincing. An in vitro study showed that an alcoholic extract of triphala reduced the spread of malignant cells and induced cell death of human colon cancer cells as well as colon cancer stem cells (cancer stem cells are mainly the ones that cause tumors to return). Researchers have confirmed that triphala has anti-cancer properties, but more research is needed (some in humans are underway).
Regular consumption of triphala:
It gives a feeling of lightness, purification, revitalization.
It balances the metabolism and detoxifies the body
Removes toxins, harmful deposits, gases and flatulence
Improves digestion and assimilation of food, reduces fat deposits