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 +====== Triphala ======
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 +Perhaps the most [[effect]]ive and [[tradition]]al [[herbal cleansing]] [[compound]] in [[Ayurveda]] is [[triphala]] ([[liter]]ally [[three fruits]], [[tri]] = [[three]] and [[phala]] = [[fruit]]s). It is [[compose]]d of [[powdered]] [[amalaki]],​ [[haritaki]] and [[bibhitaki]] and because each [[fruit]] is beneficial to a particular [[dosha]] ([[vata]], [[pitta]] or [[kapha]]), the [[three]] combined make [[triphala]] a unique [[cleanse]]r that helps to re-[[balance]] all the [[dosha]]s at the same time.
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 +The [[amalaki]] [[fruit]] is very [[sour]], but because its secondary [[taste]]s include [[sweet]], [[bitter]] and [[astringent]],​ its [[effect]] is [[cooling]] and good for [[pitta]]. [[Amalaki]] [[cleanse]]s the [[small intestine]],​ the [[seat of pitta]], and the [[liver]]. It helps [[reduce]] [[hyper]][[acidity]] and [[nausea]] and is known for improving [[digestion]] without disturbing [[pitta]]. Also known as [[amla]], it can be found in many [[wp>​shampoo]]s and [[hair oil]]s as it is very [[nourishing]] for [[hair]] and [[skin]].
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 +[[Haritaki]] is mainly [[astringent]],​ but also possesses [[sweet]], [[sour]] and some [[pungent]] [[taste]]s and therefore [[pacifies vata]] as its [[effect]] is [[warming]]. [[Haritaki]] [[work]]s principally on the [[colon]], where [[vata]] resides, and is especially good for removing [[excess]] "​[[wind]]"​ and [[restoring]] the [[tone]] and elasticity of the [[colon]] wall.
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 +[[Bibhitaki]] has an initial [[astringent]] [[taste]], and although [[sweet]] is among its secondary [[taste]]s, there is enough [[bitter]] and [[pungent]] to make it beneficial for [[kapha]]. [[Bibhitaki]] helps to [[purify]] all bodily [[fluid]]s and is found to be helpful particularly in areas of the [[lung]]s and [[stomach]],​ where [[kapha]] is found. [[Asthma]], [[wheezing]] and other [[lung disorder]]s are [[tradition]]ally thought to respond to [[bibhitaki]].
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 +By combining the "​[[three fruits]]"​ to make [[triphala]],​ many [[imbalance]]s can be alleviated or even [[prevent]]ed. While other [[Ayurvedic formulas]] may be recommended for [[short]] periods of four to eight weeks, [[triphala]] can be taken as a [[tea]] over several [[month]]s. There are some [[contraindication]]s. [[Triphala]] can [[increase pitta]]. If this is a concern sometimes just [[amalaki]] can be used. It is always recommended to take the [[advice]] of an [[Ayurvedic physician]]. There are many different ways one can use [[triphala]]. One [[common]] way is to use 1/2 to 1 full [[teaspoon]] to make a [[tea]] and [[drink]] this in the [[evening]] before [[sleep]] or early in the early [[morning]] upon rising.
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 +Because [[triphala]] contains five of the [[six tastes]] recognized in [[Ayurveda]] (all but [[salty]], which is not always useful in [[cleansing]] or [[rejuvenation]]),​ [[triphala]] may [[taste]] different each time one uses it. For example, if a person does not [[regular]]ly receive the [[bitter]] or [[astringent]] [[taste]]s in his or her [[diet]], the [[triphala]] [[tea]] may seem extremely [[bitter]]/​[[astringent]] when first used. After [[three]] weeks of taking the [[tea]], along with [[reducing]] one's [[sweet]] and [[sour]] intake, the [[triphala]] may then [[taste]] [[sweet]] or [[sour]] because the other [[taste]]s have been supplied through the [[tea]].
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 +[[Triphala]] has [[potent]]ially hundreds of uses. Besides those already mentioned, it can be used to [[clean]] the [[teeth]] and [[gum]]s (although it may eventually stain the [[teeth]]), as a [[poultice]] for some [[wound]]s or [[rash]]es, or in [[medicate]]d [[enema]] ([[basti]]). In some cases [[triphala]] can be used for [[obesity]] and [[toxic]]ity,​ [[edema]] and [[fever]].
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 +There are stories in [[Ayurveda]] of old "​[[vaidya]]s"​ ([[physician]]s) who helped dozens of patients each [[day]] using only [[triphala]]. [[Dr. Lad]] has observed that "a good [[healer]] [[need]] not remember the [[name]]s of a thousand [[medicine]]s. Even a few can suffice if one knows many different ways of using them."
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 +Properties of Triphala:
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 +• best [[rasayana]] for all 3 [[dosha]]s, highly [[wp>​potent]]
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 +• also called [[pranada]] - [[wp>​life]]-giving [[energy]], [[wp>​yield]]s [[prana]] to all [[wp>​cell]]s,​ [[food]] of [[wp>​cell]]s
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 +• promotes [[health]], removes [[ama]]
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 +• [[increase]]s [[wp>​calm]],​ [[decrease]]s [[[[night]]mare]]s
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 +• [[wp>​mild]] [[laxative]],​ [[purgative]],​ [[wp>​relieve]]s [[constipation]]
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 +• promotes [[digestion]],​ [[wp>​normalize]]s [[appetite]],​ [[wp>​improve]] [[wp>​tone]] of [[wp>​connective tissue]]
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 +• [[blood builder]], [[increase]]s [[red blood cell]]
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 +• micro[[chyle]] - has all 6 [[taste]]s - [[wp>​yield]]s into [[rasa]] [[dhatu]]
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 +whatever [[taste]] is lacking in micro[[chyle]] - [[triphala]] [[wp>​yield]]s that [[taste]]
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 +if [[triphala]] [[taste]]s [[bitter]] - then the [[wp>​plasma protein]] of micro[[chyle]] is lacking the [[bitter]] [[taste]]
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 +== Guidelines for Taking Triphala ==
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 +[[vata]] - mix with [[water]] because of [[dry]] [[throat]], take 1 hour after [[dinner]], removes [[gas]]es, or take in the [[morning]] 1 hour before [[breakfast]] for [[laxative]] [[action]] to [[relieve]] [[constipation]].
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 +[[pitta]] - drink as a tea, take before going to bed to bring it to the [[liver]] for [[virechana]].
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 +[[kapha]] - take [[triphala]] directly on [[tongue]], acts as [[diuretic]],​ so better in [[morning]] - not at [[night]]
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 +[[Vaidya]] [[Vasant Lad]], [[BAMS]], [[MAsc]], [[Ayurvedic Institute Gurukula Notes]], [[Ayurvedic Institute]],​ 1994-2006
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 +Standard Triphala: 2 Parts of Haritaki, 5 Parts of Amalaki, 3 Parts of Bibhitaki ​
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 +[[wp>​triphala]]
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 +http://​www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/​entrez/​query.fcgi?​cmd=Search&​db=PubMed&​term=triphala%20bonduc
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 +http://​www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/​entrez/​query.fcgi?​cmd=Search&​db=PubMed&​term=haritaki
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 +http://​www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/​entrez/​query.fcgi?​cmd=Search&​db=PubMed&​term=amalaki
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 +http://​www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/​entrez/​query.fcgi?​cmd=Search&​db=PubMed&​term=bibhitaki
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