Q&A: What is Triphala?

Triphala is commonly available as a churna, a finely sieved powder that can be mixed with water, ghee (clarified butter) or honey, but can also be encapsulated for sensitive palettes.  There are many methods of preparing Triphala however, including medicated oils, decoctions, confections, and natural fermentations (asava/arishta).  TAM designates Triphala as a rasayana, a Sanskrit term given to those medicaments that improve general health and prolong life.  For this purpose it is traditionally prescribed for up to a year in doses of 1 – 2  grams taken twice daily, and may even be taken throughout one’s life on a semi-regular basis to cleanse the tissues, strengthen digestion, and sharpen the senses.  Care must be taken when purchasing Triphala to ensure that the product is fresh, as churnas (powders) are traditionally said to have a shelf life of no more than six months. Classical Uses for Triphala Triphala is revered among the many other rasayanas for its reliable and balanced activ … [Read more...]