Triphala powder, the “nectar of life” and a traditional Ayurvedic formulation is one of the world’s most potent herbal remedies, being extremely popular all over the world with amazing healing powers.
The powdered form of Triphala (also known as Triphala Churna) is a balanced mixture of herbal extracts, each from fruits native to the Indian subcontinent. This mixture has three ingredients:
Indian Gooseberry – also known as Amla, with its scientific name as Emblica Officinalis is responsible for the powerful detoxification effect. It is rich in vitamin C and supports reproductive and cardiovascular systems.
Belleric Myrobalan – also known as Bibhitaki or Baheda, with its scientific name as Terminalia Bellerica is responsible for blood purifying, body detox, weight loss, immunity and much more.
Chebulic Myrobalan – also known as Haritaki or Harad, with its scientific name as Terminalia Chebula is responsible for acting as a powerful antioxidant and helping eyes, memory, wounds to heal faster and more.
How to Take It
Although one of the key benefits of natural remedies is their relative safety, low impact, and minimal side effects, we always recommend consulting a physician before beginning any treatment regimen. Some individuals – especially those who are taking prescription medications – may be at risk for negative drug interactions and side effects.
That being said, Triphala powder is not known to cause any serious side effects. As a traditional remedy or supplement, Triphala is generally taken on a regular basis without worry.
Prepare an easy Triphala tea…
The most common way and the traditional way to consume Triphala is through a tea. This delivery method allows one to taste the Triphala fully, which in this case is a good thing! (Unlike with many unpleasant-tasting medicines.) It’s worth noting that the flavor of this herb is one of its alluring points, as it contains five of the six tastes that are recognized within the Ayurveda discipline. One can expect to enjoy the sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and astringent qualities of Triphala when drinking it; the only taste of the six that is excluded is salty.
When taken as a tea, one simply mixes 1/2 teaspoon of the powder into a cup of hot water. It is normally taken on an empty stomach to allow for the greatest effect, so Triphala tea is traditionally enjoyed before bedtime or first thing in the morning. Read more about the proper Triphala dosage.
…or enjoy it with other drinks
While a tea is the traditional and most potent way to take Triphala powder, some users find the taste a bit unusual at first (but it typically “grows on them” over time.) It is possible to take the powder with juice or other drinks as your taste for it improves over time. You can also add some honey and even milk, but be aware that milk can cause some digestive problems, especially if you are lactose intolerant.