How Triphala Brings Us into Balance: An Ayurvedic Herb for Body and Mind

By AOLRC
March 25, 2016

Trying to find a sense of physical and mental well-being is a frequent goal for individuals during a new year. Possibly, this goal looms large as you learn about the Hindu medical science of Ayurveda. If you’re still perplexed, the word Ayurveda describes an ancient longevity science, for living a long and healthy life.

 

In other words, it helps you connect your mind, body, and spirit to perpetually live in happiness and good health. But you have to understand your body in order to find one of three typical Ayurveda constitutions.

 

Vata usually describes someone who’s naturally thin, more talkative, and restless. Pitta people have more volatile tempers and are more active, plus perfectionists. Kapha is usually the most desired constitution because these people are more relaxed and don’t get easily stressed.

 

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Within these vast concepts comes an exciting herb. Triphala has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda. It comprehensively helps to relieve a variety of issues, in order to bring more life balance.

 

Let’s take a look at how Triphala helps us come into balance by easing digestion, plus soothing our emotions and moving us toward a healthier mind.

 

As a Laxative

Perhaps you’ve heard about Triphala being used as a bowel tonic. It’s true that it can act as a perfect laxative if you’re consistently plagued by digestive problems.
Many doctors who practice Ayurveda prescribe Triphala for constipation since they know the herb has no addictive symptoms. Other doctors frequently prescribe laxative medications that can create potential dependence. Also, far too many regular laxative drugs siphon important nutrients out of your body.

   
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Harithaki dried before its tablet form.

In contrast, Triphala allows you to absorb more nutrients to restore your health. It stimulates secretion of digestive enzymes in the stomach, which is the starting point for wellness. Plus, it improves the gastrointestinal tract for a complete and safe way to digest food.

 

You’ll even discover how to cleanse your internal organs so you may never experience constipation again.

 

This herb goes far beyond helping digestion, though. By promoting Dosha balancing, the use of Triphala reveals how taste contributes to managing emotions.

 

Affecting How Food Tastes

When you take Triphala, you’ll get a different taste every time it’s consumed. It’s all part of establishing the six tastes that you need to create a full sense of nourishment.

 

Whatever taste you detect, you can discover new and interesting facts about your food intake. The full spectrum includes sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, or astringent tastes. Whichever one you detect determines what’s missing in your diet to help you establish a better food balance.

 

All of this works by connecting the body with the mind. Our ability to perceive tastes directly corresponds to our emotions, and you can find what emotions are missing in your life based on what you taste. For instance, sweetness may mean you need more nurturing behavior.

 

Three Fruits

These tastes come from three Indian fruits, and the name of the herb literally translates the same way.

 

Amalaki is basically an Indian gooseberry that’s been around for centuries as a natural rejuvenation food. Haritaki gets called “the king of medicine” because it helps heal both the heart and brain. Bibhitaki is yet another all-encompassing fruit to help the body, including creating better bone formation.

 
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Amalaki provides natural rejuvenation.
 
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Harithaki “The King of Medicine.”
     

If you’re currently over 40, Triphala is the best herb you can take now to keep your life balanced. prosperous and long. It’s time to eliminate harmful prescription drugs and start enjoying the incredible benefits of natural, Ayurvedic herbs.

 

To find out more about how Ayurveda can help you come into balance, schedule a consultation with our ayurveda specialist.

 

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AyurQuisitive
May 7, 2016
6:39 pm

Fantastic explanation of how Triphala is beneficial. It was eye opening to know which ever taste you are missing, there is a lack in life around it. Sweetness=>nurturing environment
What does it mean if one is completely unaware of lack of taste – bland food or too salty ?

    Andrew
    May 11, 2016
    1:26 pm

    Hi AyurQuisitive, we encourage mindful eating of food, in line with the principles of Ayurveda. When we can give attention to our food and gratitude for it, we often automatically become more aware of the different tastes. If the food is anyway bland (!), it can be helpful to add some spices to it in the cooking process, according to your requirements.

Heather
May 23, 2016
9:36 pm

Can you find this herb in a health food store?

    Andrew
    May 27, 2016
    3:32 pm

    Hi Heather, yes you can find this herb in many health food stores or online.

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