The wonders of Triphala: Three-herb therapy for irritable bowel syndrome
2010 By Syed Akbar Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS for short is indeed a great health nuisance. IBS ischaracterized by abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, and often lack of controlover one’s bowels. It causes lot of trouble particularly when one is travelling. It ismedically yet not known what actually causes irritable bowel syndrome. But Ayurveda has aunique herbal formulation of three plants which greatly reduces the discomfort and theproblems associated with IBS. Triphala, heralded by Ayurveda experts as a great herbal formulation, is the best naturalremedy for IBS. Triphala as the name suggests is a combination of three herbs or fruits.In Ayurvedic contest Triphala meansa combination of Emblica officinalis, Terminaliabellirica and Terminalia chebula. Regular intake of Triphala either in powder form or intablets or capsules readily available in market will solve the problem of IBS to a greatextent. But as is the case with any herbal formulation, Triphala takes sufficiently longtime to act on the digestive system to give the much-needed results. One has to continuethe dosage for a reasonable time to get rid of IBS. Besides IBS, Triphala has been found to a good blood purifier and as a laxative. Itpromotes good colon health, reduces weight, fights ulcers and prevents cancerous growths.Triphala controls gas formation in the digestive system and solves the problem offlatulence associated with IBS. Ayurvedic doctors prescribe Triphala for hypertension too. ============= Quick Remedies ============= Students who are dull in studies may try Triphala formulations to sharpen their memory.Regular intake of a teaspoon of Triphala powder acts on the brain stimulates the nervoussystem and increases one’s memory power. Triphala tea is often prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors as a general body toner to improveone’s health. Triphala tea powder is available in the market. Follow the guidelines ofthe manufacturer while preparing the Triphala tea at home. Those suffering from dental decay and cavities may try Triphala mouth wash. Take a littlequantity of Triphala powder, mix it with warm water and gargle it as a mouth wash. Ayurveda practitioners prescribe Triphala powder (teaspoon) or tablets twice daily forIBS patients. It has to be taken after the meal.