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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.

What is ulcerative colitis? Causes, symptoms and treatment

The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind. Ayurveda is the safest science of healing. There are numerous diseases in this world and they all bring their consequences along with them.In Ayurveda we have Effective Ayurvedic Medicine for Ulcerative Colitis. Along with Diet that works in a natural way.

KNOW ABOUT ULCERATIVE COLITIS!

Ulcerative colitis is one such disorder which inflames the large intestine and causes discomfort. Hence, it is also categorized under Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This disorder produces small sores on the colon lining. These ulcers start erupting in the rectum and escalate upwards and the small intestine getting damaged below the lower part is very rare. This inflammation quickly regulates the bowel very frequently. These sores may cause bleeding or even exude pus. Though, this ailment can affect anyone but it is more common in age groups of 15 to 30 and 50 to 70.

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WHAT CAUSES ULCERATIVE COLITIS?

The exact cause of Ulcerative Colitis is not yet known but according to studies immune system malfunction is the only cause known. Stress and unhealthy diet helps in triggering the disorder. Herbal remedies for Ulcerative Colitis can help to a great extent to cure this disorder.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fever
  • Not able to eliminate excreta despite the urgency

COMPLICATIONS:

  • Severe dehydration
  • Inflamed skin and joints
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Liver disorders
  • Escalated risk of colon cancer
  • Bone loss
  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Puffy face

DIAGNOSIS:

  • Blood tests
  • Stool samples
  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy

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THE AYURVEDIC VIEW OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • According to Ayurveda, ulcerative colitis is mainly a disorder due to imbalanced pitta with varying degrees of Vata involvement. The latter determines how extensively the inflammatory process will spread proximally and the development of extra intestinal manifestations. The natural qualities and actions of Pitta are manifested wholly or partially and can be observed. The inherent Pitaj qualities are: heat, sharpness, liquidity, and light, slight unctuousness, sour or pungent smell, acidic or sour taste, red, yellow, and dark blue colors.
  • The natural actions of Pitta include: burning sensation, heat, pus formation (suppuration), perspiration, putrification, itching, bleeding (raktasrava), anger, and intensity.The excessive consumption of Pitaj ahara (Pitta-aggravating foods) and Pitta-aggravating regimens initially damages both rakta dhatu and mamsa dhatu. Vata dosha in the lower colon is also aggravated and in the early stages blocks the Pitta and Kapha channels causing further inflammation, mucous accumulation and edema.

AYURVEDIC MEDICINE FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

VATSAKADI CHURNA:

This powdered Ayurvedic formulation works wonders in curing Ulcerative colitis. It is a powerful blend of herbs which have miraculous benefits. Vatsakadi churna is a product of Planet Ayurveda and it has successfully cured so many patients suffering from Ulcerative colitis. The list of ingredients is mentioned below.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Kutaj [Holarrhena antidysentrica]
  • Saunf/ fennel [Fenniculum vulgare]
  • Bilva [Aegle marmelos]
  • Dhaniya [Coriander sativum]
  • Anaar [Punica granatum]
  • Cardamom [Elettaria cardamomum]
  • Jaiphal [Myristica fragrans]

KUTAJ [Holarrhena antidysentrica]

  • The bark of Kutaj consists of conessine, conesimine, isoconessimine, curchine, kurchisine and various other alkaline active elements. It is light to digest but this herb promotes dryness. It has bitter properties. It maintains equilibrium of three doshas. Kutaj has been used to relieve bleeding piles, bacillary dysentery and malaria. It is also useful in relieving other ailments like ulcers, pruritis, dyspepsia and jaundice.

SAUNF [Fenniculum vulgare]

  • Fennel is extremely useful in curing digestive disorders like indigestion, bloating, constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence. It acts as a digestive stimulant and also boasts potent carminative properties. It comprises of Iron, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc, magnesium and selenium. Fennel seeds are also loaded with Vitamin A, B, C and E. Fennel seeds also help in cooling the body which as a result pacifies pitta dosha. Fennel seeds purify the blood and eliminate toxins from the body.

BILVA [Aegle marmelos]

  • It is considered as a sacred tree in India. Bilva is useful in relieving digestive disorders like colitis and Irritable bowel syndrome. It helps in the overall functioning of the digestive system. Powder of Bilva leaves is useful in regulating blood sugar levels. The fruit eliminates extra heat from the body and relieves colitis, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.

DHANIA [Coriander sativum]

  • Commonly known as coriander seeds, they are used as a spice in Indian cooking. It has several medicinal uses. External application of the paste of these seeds eliminates pains and swelling. These seeds have digestive, astringent, appetizer, anti-dyspeptic, liver stimulant and anthelmintic properties. The leaves of the plant are used to flavor curries in Indian cooking.

GREEN CARDAMOM [Elettaria cardamom]

  • It is good for digestive system and eliminates bad breath. Cardamom aids to combat nausea, flatulence, bloating etc. it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices. Cardamom is known to balance the three doshas efficiently. It is a good source of calcium, potassium and magnesium. Cardamom has anti-oxidant and blood cell formation properties. It is used in relieving asthma, cough and other respiratory disorders. It helps in enhancing appetite and also soothes gas and heartburn.

JAIPHAL/NUTMEG [Myristica fragrans]

  • It is a very good herb for enhancing digestion. It helps in efficiently relieving menstrual disorders. It has fiber which stimulates digestion by promoting peristaltic movements. It helps in secreting .It works as a stimulant and has analgesic properties. It cures indigestion and acts as a liver and kidney detoxifier. It acts as an antidepressant and reduces bloating. It alleviates the frequency and discomfort caused by constipation. It also detoxifies the body and is a rejuvenative tonic. It helps in reducing inflammation and irritation of skin.

ANAAR/POMAGRANATE [Punica granatum]

  • Pomegranate eliminates imbalanced doshas and maintains equilibrium and promotes digestion. It is slightly sour and controls diarrhea. Its bark has anthelminthic properties and cures loose motion and bleeding diarrhea and treats breathing disorders. It increases appetite, balances pitta dosha and controls vomiting. It treats pain, fever, heart disorders and increases digestive fire.

DIET IN ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Pathya: The following specific foods are generally recommended in Ayurveda for patients of ulcerative colitis. However, not all patients will tolerate all of these food items. Your physician can provide a more individualized nutritional plan.
  • Old basmati rice(3 months),barley, moong dal, urad dal, saffron, coriander, cumin, fennel,  kidney beans, green lentils, cow’s milk and butter, goat’s milk and butter, almonds, water chestnut, pomegranate, banana, mango, limes, and kiwi fruit.
  • Apathya: Foods to be reduced or avoided: Spicy foods, white sugar,  pasta, red grapes, mustard, salty and acidic foods.