Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Triphala for Detoxification and Rejuvenation-An Ayurvedic Formula

The word “Tri” means three and “Phala” means fruit. It is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic product because of its numerous health benefits.

It is prepared from three fruits:

  • Emblica officinalis-Amla(Indian gooseberry)
  • Terminalia chebula- Haritaki(Chebulic myrobalan)
  • Terminalia bellirica- Vibhitaki(Belleric myrobalan)

Amla (Emblica officinalis)

  • This little fruit is stuffed with innumerable health benefits. It has sour taste. It takes care of the patient like a mother. It has anti-ageing, coolant property, has all the tastes except salt. It is dry in nature, sweet, astringent. It balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha, undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion and has cold potency, balances Vata due to its sour taste, balances Pitta dosha due to sweetness and cold nature, balances Kapha due to dryness and astringent properties.

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Haritaki(Terminalia chebula)

It is a very famous rejuvenating herb. There are 7 types of Haritaki as explained in Ayurvedic texts.

  1. Taste: It has 5 tastes except salt.
  2. Qualities: Light and dry.
  3. Undergoes pungent taste after digestion.
  4. Potency: Hot
  5. It increases digestion power
  6. It clears and cleans bowels
  7. If it is boiled or steamed, it becomes absorbant hence useful in malabsorption syndrome.
  8. If it is taken after food, it eliminates all the toxic effects due to food poisoning.
  9. With salt– it balances Kapha dosha.
  10. With sugar– it balances Pitta dosha.
  11. With ghee– it balances Vata dosha

For the purpose of rejuvenation, it is adminstered along with different ingredients in different seasons.

  1. In rainy seasons, it is taken with rock salt.
  2. In autumn season, it is taken with sugar.
  3. In early winter, it is taken with ginger.
  4. In winter, it is taken with Pippali(Piper longum)
  5. In spring season, it is taken with jaggery.

Vibhataki(Terminalia bellirica)

Vibhataki means lack of fear and Vibhataki means fruit that takes away the fear of disease.

  1. Effect: Balances Kapha and Vata.
  2. Taste: Astringent.
  3. Undergoes sweet taste after digestion.
  4. Qualities: Dry, light to digest.
  5. Eases motion, has laxative action. That’s why, Triphala is mild laxative.
  6. Taste: Triphala has 5 out of 6 tastes- sweet, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent.
  7. Effect on Tridosha: Balances Pitta and Kapha.
  8. Potency: When it comes to hot or cold potency, Amla is mildly cold, Haritaki and Vibhitaki are slightly hot in nature, so overall effect of Triphala is hot.

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Benefits of Triphala:

  1. Triphala is an excellent source of anti-oxidants.
  2. It is also used in the treatment of diabetes due to its rich anti-oxidant properties.
  3. It can be used regularly for pre-diabetic patients.
  4. Water decoction (Kashayam) prepared from Triphala powder is used to treat non-healing wounds.
  5. It is widely used in skin disorders.
  6. It is also used for the treatment of obesity.
  7. For weight loss and for lowering cholesterol levels, it can be used for 4-6 months.
  8. It is also used for improving eye sight. For improving eye sight, Triphala Ghrita(clarified butter made up of Triphala) is widely used. It is also used to improve computer vision syndrome.
  9. Triphala powder is widely used in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome associated with constipation (IBS-C) as Haritaki(Terminalia chebula) is good in easing bowel movements. For the treatment of IBS-C, 1 teaspoon of Triphala powder is administered in night alongwith water before or after meals. 2 teaspoon of Triphala powder can be administered if the constipation is severe.
  10. It is also used as a daily tonic due to its rich anti-oxidant property.
  11. Vibhatiki( Terminalia bellirica) helps to improve digestion and strength
  12. Amla(Emblica officinalis) balances heat levels in the body(Pitta-balance)

Triphala for Detoxification and Rejuvenation

Triphala for Rejuvenation:

  • Charak Samhita, Chikitsa Sthaan, 1st chapter deals with the anti-aging treatments. It has 4 sections. It deals with anti aging remedies by using herbs like- Amla, Triphala, Long pepper and Shilajeet. The great sages of India were devoted to penance, celibacy, meditation and tranquility so the remedies for rejuvenation can only be found in Ayurveda only.
  • This remedy for using Triphala is explained by Master Charaka(Father of Indian Medicine) for rejuvenation. Triphala- a combination of simple herbs like- Amla, Baheda and Harad can do wonders. It is also known to show anti-aging effect. Its references is found in Charak Samhita as well as in Sushrut Samhita (ancient Ayurvedic texts).

Remedy:

  • Take 100 grams Triphala powder. Make a semi-solid waste by adding water. Take a clean iron vessel or pot and apply the paste of Triphala powder over the iron vessel and leave it to dry for one day. Take out the paste from iron vessel after 24 hours and keep it in a clean and dry container. Keep in mind that Triphala must be completely dried, if it is not completely dried, it may get spoilt in a week time. This dried powder is administered in a dose of 5-10 grams along with 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • It may also be made into paste with honey and can be consumed with 1 cup of water after food. If it is to be consumed in the morning, one should take at least 5 grams of sesame oil (in diet) or cow’s ghee in the evening.
  • If this remedy is taken at night, one should consume at least 5 grams of ghee or sesame oil in the next breakfast.

According to Master Charak, by using this remedy for continuously one year, one can live for 100 years free from aging and diseases!!

According to Ayurveda, the nature of vessel used for storing any substance or used for cooking adds its own medicinal value to the substance which is being stored or contained in the vessel. In ancient times, people used to drink water empty stomach in the morning which is kept in copper vessel over-night due to medicinal properties of copper vessel. We can also observe the difference in bathing water which is boiled in copper vessel and which is heated by modern day geyser.

As per Ayurveda, iron is used as anti-aging remedy. There are many benefits of iron like- it is coolant in nature, nourishing, bitter, sweet and sour in taste. It is also useful in cardiovascular diseases. It improves strength, immunity, memory, skin texture, intelligence, digestive power and many more.

  • Triphala powder is good for eyes, spleen, liver, blood vessels and a very good anti-oxidant. So this combination of iron and triphala is a good combination for rejuvenation.
  • Both Triphala and honey have rooksh (dry) nature. To counter this effect after digestion, cow’s ghee/sesame oil is advised.
  • Once prepared, this combination can be stored for a period of 1-2 months only. It is advised to prepare this remedy every month.
  • This remedy or advice comes from Master Charaka directly so there is no problem to use it continuously for one year. (Reference: Charak Samhita, Chikitsa Sthaan, 1st chapter).

Precautions:

  1. Diabetic patients should consult their doctor before consuming honey.
  2. It is best to avoid this remedy during pregnancy.
  3. As per Charak Samhita Sutrasthaan, 26th Chapter, sour fruits should not be consumed with milk. So, milk should be avoided alongwith Triphala.

Triphala for detoxification

  • Triphala can be easily used as a herbal cleanser which is used as herbal colon cleansing. For detoxification, 5 grams Triphala powder can be taken with warm water during night. It is also a liver protective agent.

Ayurvedic treatment of friedreich’s ataxia

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Friedreich’s ataxia is a rare hereditary degenerative disease that mainly affects the nervous system and the heart. Also known as spine cerebellar degeneration that damages parts of brain and spinal cord and can even affect your heart. Its main neurological symptoms manifested as muscle weakness and as ataxia itself means, a loss of balance and coordination. Its effects on the heart vary from mild, no symptomatic abnormalities to life-threatening symptoms in the heart’s musculature. Friedreich’s ataxia is a genetic defect that’s inherited from both parents by what’s called “autosomal recessive transmission.”

It is frequently associated with cardiomyopathy or diabetes.

It doesn’t affect parts of the brain involved in thinking.

What are its Causes?

This disease is linked to defects, or mutations in the gene FXN called as frataxin gene which leads to limit in formation of a protein called frataxin. Frataxin, which is importantfor mitochondrial functioningin regulating the iron levels in the mitochondria, involved in energy production necessary for all cell bodies in the cells.. We also know that specific nerve cells (neurons) degenerate in people with FA, and this is directly manifested in the symptoms of the disease.

People with a family history of Friedreich’s ataxia are at greater risk of inheriting this disease. If the defective gene is only passed down from one parent, the person becomes a carrier of the disease but usually doesn’t experience symptoms of it.

It might be non-inherited where experts never find out cause. The following procedures and circumstances can cause ataxia:

  • Brain surgery or Head injury.
  • Alcohol or Drug abuse.
  • Infections – chicken pox (usually goes away after infection has gone).
  • A brain tumor.
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Neurological conditions – Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy etc.
  • Cerebellum malformation while the baby is still in the womb.

Ayurvedic view of the disease:

Ayurveda considers that this disease is due to beej dosha. Vata dosha is mainly involved in Friedreich’s Ataxia.

What could be Symptoms of Friedreich’s Ataxia?

Symptoms of Friedreich’s ataxia usually appear between ages 2 to the early 50s, but commonly diagnosed between ages of 10 to 15. Difficulty with walking is the most common initial symptom of the condition. Other symptoms appearing are like:

  • Changes in vision, especially color vision.
  • Loss of hearing
  • Weakness in the muscles
  • Absence of reflexes in legs
  • Poor coordination or balance
  • Abnormality in speech
  • Involuntary eye movements
  • Deformities develop in foot, like clubfoot
  • Difficulty sensing vibrations in your legs and feet.
  • Uncoordinated movements (ataxia) gets worse with time
  • Approximately 75 percent of people with Friedreich’s ataxia have heart problem and their heart muscle becomes weaker (cardiomyopathy).
  • The spine curves sideways (scoliosis) may develop
  • About 10 percent of people with FA have Diabetes abnormalities.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Friedreich’s Ataxi

Herbal formulations provided by planet ayurveda to manage friedreich’s ataxia

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1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha capsules are herbal medicine that is efficient for weakness stress, nervous breakdown, neuropathy due to diabetes. Regular use of Ashwagandha capsules helps to regain the strength of muscles, even relieve the muscle spasm and fatigue. It is good nervine tonic that is capable of increasing the physical aswell as mental stamina of the body. It is suitable to children as well old age people. All its property make it beneficial in counteracting the symptoms of Friedreich’s Ataxia

Aswagandha (Withania somnifera):

Ashwagandha capsules prepared in Planet Ayurveda comprises of standardized root extract of Ashwagandha herb. It is rich in natural alkaloids that has properties that relieves stress and helpful in getting rid of tiredness.improving stamina, helping in diabetic neuropathy. Ashwagandha herb is amazing in regulating the Vata in the body. Vata mainly maintains the body movement that includes movement of nerve impulses throughout the nervous system.

Ashwagandha has, anti-stress, antioxidant, mind-boosting, immune-enhancing, and rejuvenating properties. It is good for Friedreich’s Ataxia.

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice daily, with plain water after meals.

2. Gotukola

Gotukola Capsule is herbal preparation of Planet Ayurveda that is capable of keeping healthy nervous system and healthy heart. This product is manufactured from pure and standardized extract of Gotukola herb. This Ayurvedic product is also an effective remedy for maintaining healthy legs. Thereby a good herbal remedy for Friedreich’s Ataxia.

Gotukola (Centella asiatica):

Gotukolais an herb that is helpful in preventing nervous exhaustion. It is good in managing the stress and its vitamins and minerals that are very beneficial for the heart.

Dose – 1-2 capsules, two times a day, after meals, with plain water.

3. Shilajit Capsules

Shilajit Capsule is Ayurvedic formation of Planet Ayurveda that is an energetic supplement and nutrient for healthy body. It is formed of high-quality extract of Shilajit resin. It is potent to increase energy levels and boost stamina. Also healthy supplement for proper blood glucose level in the body. It is a suitable herbal Treatment for Friedreich’s Ataxia.

Shilajit (Asphaltum):

Shilajit consists of humic acid and fulvic acids that has brought it with great medicinal properties. It is very useful nutrient for reducing weakness, fatigue, tiredness, stress and anxiety. It is rich in anti-oxidants which are good source in relieving mental and physical stresses and growing their stamina and manage Diabetes also. It also rejuvenates brain cells and this way can conduct well the nerve signals and impulses in the body.

Dose – 1 to 2 capsules twice daily after half an hour of meal with plain water.

4. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi Capsules are pure natural preparation of Planet Ayurveda that is obtained from high-quality extract of potent Brahmi plant. Brahmi capsules are beneficial herbal remedy in counteracting the stress and mental fatigue as well as eliminating nervous exhaustion. It is also good cardiac tonic as well.

Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)

Brahmi is useful herb that is rich in anti-oxidants that makes it a suitable brain tonic, cardiac tonic. It acts wonderfully on the brain health and helps to improve neuron degeneration as well as better general tonic.

Dose – 2 capsules two times a day, with plain water, after meals.

5. Medhya Churna

Medhya churna is an herbal preparation that is rich in antioxidants properties which can rejuvenate the system making the brain sharp. All its herbs work synergistically on nervous system and immune system.

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Its ingredients are:

  • Vacha (Acorus calamus)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Ajmoda (Carum roxburghianum)
  • Shwet jeerak (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Kishna jeerak (Carum carvi)
  • Sonth (Zingiber officinale)
  • Marich (Piper nigrum)
  • Pipali (Piper longum)
  • Patha (Cissampelos pareira)
  • Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis)
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnierri)

Herbs used in this preparation support to sustain the good brain health system and very effectively manage the stress problem and give relief to patient of Friedreich’s Ataxia