What Is Triphala?
Triphala has been used as a healing remedy for over 1,000 years and is a concoction that consists of three medicinal plants native to India. Amla (Emblica officinalis)(also referred to as gooseberry);Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
It’s a staple in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical systems originating in India over 3,000 years ago.
Some of the purported health benefits are:
May Protect Against Certain Cancers
May Protect Against Dental Disease and Cavities
May Aid Weight Loss
Can Be Used as a Natural Laxative
Hair Growth Regeneration / Premature Aging
One of the reasons I used this herb was for the hair growth assistance. I went through a very stressful time in my life in 2009. That coupled with a foreign device being in my body as a birth control method, It caused an auto-immune reaction. My hair began to fall out and I developed Alopecia Areata. I had increasingly huge (bald spots in my head). Because of the fact that I had ALOT of hair and a skilled stylist…I never had to wear fake hair to hide the spots. I was focused on healing and not just disguising the issue (balance). I even came around my family out of town and everyone praised me for my (beautiful hair). I was so ashamed I couldn’t even tell them what was going on.
I found Triphala and began to use it and also had the birth control method removed. Well I can tell you that within 4 months I began getting peach fuzz and my hair grew back quickly and beautifully. I also got pregnant- LOL … I would say to people who do not want to get pregnant… just exercise to increase blood flow to get that benefit! You can read more on the health benefits for the hair here...
It had other benefits for me, but I stopped taking it when pregnant. My son has a little extra hair on his forehead so I do not recommend taking ( any herbs) when pregnant! Do your research and consult a health care practitioner/ herbalist! This article is paraphrased…. To read more on the health benefits of Triphala continue reading here.
Purported Con’s of taking Triphala
Clearly I am biased due to taking the herb and loving the results! However, I found some purported cons as well. I am including that information here. I did not notice any of these mentioned … and if you experience a rash… It is more than likely due to a (needed detoxification effect).. You will need to increase your water intake… If you experience diarrhea… it is more than likely also due a detoxification effect and adding fiber to the diet may be helpful. Triphala is an herb that is an Adaptogen. This means that no matter what your body needs it will supply. If you need to lose weight you can take this herb. If you need to gain weight… You can also take this herb. However, as everyone’s body may react differently you must do your research, once again (always) consult a (Health Care Practioner/ Certified Herbalist) and make the decision that is best for yourself.