triphala every night during the fall is a great way to avoid constipation. It may also help with gas and bloating that tend to accompany dry constipation. Triphala is helpful for all constitutions, but is especially supportive for Pitta and Kapha. As triphala is a diuretic, it can aggravate dryness so exercise caution. Vata people who tend to be dehydrated should add a pinch of salt and a wedge of lime to their triphala.
The best way to take triphala is before bed on an empty stomach. An appropriate dose is 1/2 to no more than one teaspoon of powder in hot water or one to two 500mg capsules. Do not take it after meals, and never more than once a day. A major purpose of triphala is to teach your body to have a bowel movement in the morning, as that is the most ideal time to eliminate. That is why taking it at night before you go to bed is so important.
We suggest never taking an herbal supplement for more than three months. So when winter rolls around, leave triphala on the shelf.
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BROWSE SIMILAR ARTICLES BY TOPIC
CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
DRYDry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
LIGHTLightness is identified by reduced weight.
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
SOURSour refers to anything fermented or acidic.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
BREAKS-UPThe Sanskrit word for breaking up congealed matter / clogs in the body. Often used for constipation. Be careful with herbs that have Bhedana action.
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
FLUSHES-MEMBRANESHerbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency.
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
VULNERARYAn herb used for the treatment of wounds. Promotes healing of skin lesions and wounds/promotes cell growth and repair
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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