Triphala churna is a powder made from three key ingredients, namely Indian gooseberry, Ink nut and Belleric Myrobalan.
Health benefits of Ink nut
This is one of the herbs that has been in use since ancient times. It is used in many natural remedies, Ayurveda and Sidha by our elders in the family. To shortly say, it is called the Mother of herbs. It is very effective in treating many health ailments. Mostly, the dried form of the herb is used and is available in all herbal stores.
It is very effective in treating
- Hair loss
- Cough and cold
- Skin rashes
- Bloating and flatulence
Ink nut – Names in other languages
- Scientific name – Terminalia chebula
- English – Ink Nut
- Hindi – Harad
- Sanskrit – Haritaki
- Malayalam – Katukkai
- Bengali – Horitaki
- Tamil – Kadukkai
- Kannada – Alalekaayi
- Telugu – Karakkaya
Health benefits of Beleric myrobalan
This is also one of the ancient herbs that are used in many medicines. In is one of the main ingredients in Ayurveda and Sidha practices. It can be used for home remedies too. The fruit of the plant is usually used in the dried form and can be stored for many months.
It can help you alleviate the symptoms and treat the below mentioned ailments.
- Respiratory disorders
- Cold and phlegm
- Improves libido
- Digestive disorders
- Bloating and flatulence
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Reduces vomit
- Used for deworming in adults
Beleric myrobalan – names in other languages
- Scientific name – Terminalia bellirica
- English – Beleric myrobalan
- Hindi – Bahairah
- Sanskrit – Vibheetaki
- Malayalam – Thaani
- Bengali – Kulthi-Kalai
- Tamil – Thaanikkai
- Kannada – Thare
- Telugu – Thaani
Health benefits of Indian gooseberry
Indian gooseberry in one of the commonly available berries in Asia and it available all around the year in supermarkets. This berry can be just consumed in its raw form and also cooked to prepare many delicacies. There are plenty of health benefits which can be gained by consuming amla or Indian gooseberry. The high amount of Vitamin C in it, helps to treat many ailments
- Boosts immunity
- Enhances hair growth
- Prevents premature graying
- Improves eye sight
- Boosts metabolism
- Treats and control blood sugar
- Improves digestion
- Protects heart health
- Treats diarrhea
Indian gooseberry – Names in other languages
- Scientific name – Phyllanthus emblica
- English – Indian Gooseberry
- Hindi – Aonla/Amla
- Sanskrit – Shriphala
- Malayalam – Karanelli
- Bengali – Amala
- Tamil – Nellaikai
- Kannada – Nelli
- Telugu – Useerikaya
When all the above mentioned ingredients are blended together, it is called Triphala churna or powder. When this is consumed on a regular basis, it can provide many health benefits and few are mentioned below. This powder has a lot of benefits including the ones highlighted below.
- Cures indigestion and heart burn
- Stops hair fall by strengthening hair roots
- Acts as a natural blood purifier
- Reduces the occurrence of acne
- Improves vision
- Strengthens immunity due to the presence of Vitamin C
- Tones body by slowly removing excess body fat
- Helps in weight loss
- Relives constipation
- Treats cough, cold and phlegm
- Improves metabolism
It is also studied by many research scholars who have published findings from their research studies. Those are mentioned below.
The study done and published in Chin J Integr Med., 946-954, shows that triphala possesses free radical scavenging property. And also contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and anti-pyretic property. It is found to be analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-mutagenic, wound healing, anti-cariogenic, anti-stress, adaptogenic and hypoglycaemic by nature. It also shows good results with regard to cancer. It also has anticancer, chemo-protective, radio-protective and chemo-preventive effects. (MS, S, B, V, & PL, 2012) (1)
Another study done and published in also shows that triphala was found to have good laxative property that helps in management of hyperacidity and also improves appetite. It also shows that Triphala churna can be used effectively in the treatment of constipation and curing other gastric problems. (MUKHERJEE, et al., 2005) (2)
This study published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology, says that triphala possess a cytotoxic effect to cancer cells. The suppression of the growth/increase of cancer cells might be due to the major component in it – Gallic acid. (Arora, Michael, Kaur, Harkonen, & Kumar, 2005) (3)
As a word of caution, consumption of this powder is said to increase the internal body heat. People who have naturally heat bodies, are recommended to consume twice a week. If you face issues because of increased body heat, please consume more body cooling foods like fruits, tender coconut water and water based vegetables. Apart from this, there are not any side effects that you need to worry about. Pregnant women can consume this only after checking with your practitioner.
This DIY recipe explains how to prepare the powder. Follow the instructions and enjoy the health benefits.
How to make and use Triphala powder - DIY
- 80 grams Dried amla
- 20 grams Ink nuts Known as "Kadukkai" in Tamil and "Haritaki" in Hindi
- 40 grams Belleric Myrobalan Known as "Thandrikkai" in Tamil
How to make Triphala powder (churna)
- You will need 1:2:4 proportions of dried Ink nuts, Belleric Myrobalan and Amla (Indian gooseberry). You can get these in any herbs store.
- Transfer all the ingredients to a blender.
- Grind well till you have a fine powder (A coarse powder will not dissolve in water). Since all the ingredients are really hard, you may have to grind for around 8 - 10 minutes. In spite of this, I did find a couple of small un-ground nuts which I took out.
- You can store this powder up to 6 months in an air tight container away from sunlight.
How to consume
- Take a teaspoon of triphala powder in a cup.
- Add 150 ml of warm water. Stir well till the powder dissolves fully in water. You may add honey if required.
- Drink this tea once a day. You can drink it half an hour before lunch or dinner.