Triphala Rasayana -Using Triphala for anti-aging benefits.
Triphala is used as an anti aging remedy since more than 2,500 years. Ayurveda explains anti aging quality as Rasayana. Another meaning of the term Rasayana is, to get maximum yield out of the food to nourish all the body tissues optimally.
Triphala Rasayana – 1
The three fruits of Triphala are taken in dry powder form. They are mixed in equal proportions.
One teaspoon of this Triphala is added with a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of ghee. This is mixed thoroughly and licked. After consuming this, a glass of water is given to drink. This is advised two times a day, before or after food, as per the discretion of Ayurvedic practitioner.
Duration: One year
Benefits: A person lives for one hundred years free from old age and diseases.
Triphala Rasayan – 2
Triphala powder is made into paste by adding sufficient quantity of water. A new iron vessel is taken. Triphala paste is applied on it. The paste is left on the iron vessel for 24 hours. After that, the paste is scraped out and collected in air tight container. This is administered in a dose of one teaspoon once or twice a day along with a teaspoon of honey and a cup of water.
Iron is hailed as an important rejuvenating agent in Ayurveda. Coating Iron vessel with Triphala helps to potentiate Triphala with nano and micro-particles of iron.
Master Charaka explains that, after its digestion, one should take a lot of fat (Prabhuta Sneha Ashanam). For example, one should consume 1 – 2 tablespoons of ghee or sesame oil. Master Charaka describes that, by using this recipe continually for one year, one can live for one hundred years, free from ageing and diseases.
How it works?
As per Ayurveda, the nature of vessel that we use for cooking or storing any substance adds its own medicinal value to the substance. Even naturally, we can observe the difference in bathing water, which is boiled in a traditional copper vessel and which is heated by a modern-day geyser.
In Ayurveda, Iron is used as an anti-ageing remedy.
Few benefits of Iron are -
It is nourishing, sweet, sour and bitter in taste.
It is coolant in nature and heavy to digest. It has scraping quality, hence useful in cardiovascular diseases. It improves strength, immunity, skin texture, complexion, memory, intelligence, digestive power and acts as natural aphrodisiac.
Triphala comes with its own set of benefits.
In short, it is good for eyes, spleen, liver, blood vessels, a very good anti-oxidant.
So, overall, this combination makes a perfect anti-ageing remedy.
Effect on Tridosha - Balances all the three Doshas.
Diabetic people should consult their doctor before using honey. Only if the blood sugar level is under control, 2 - 5 grams of honey per day can be used, otherwise, not.
It is best to avoid this remedy during pregnancy.
So why the advice to take ghee or sesame oil?
Both Triphala and honey have ‘rookshata’ - dryness as a quality. To counter it, after its digestion, ghee / sesame oil is advised.
Shelf life of the remedy
Once prepared, the Triphala churna can be stored only for 1 - 2 months only. To be on the safer side, it is best to prepare this remedy once every month.
Triphala Rasayanam – 3
Triphala is mixed with one part of each of mixed with
Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra,
Tugaksheeri – Bambusa bambos
Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum,
Honey, Ghee and Sugar.
This is mixed well and stored in airtight container. This is consumed in a dose of 1 teaspoon 2 times a day along with a cup of water for a few months. The other added ingredients help to improve the digestion and metabolism, thus ensuring that the body gets maximum benefits out of Triphala.
Read More: Can Triphala Cause Acid Reflux?, Can You Take Ashwagandha And Triphala Together?, Homemade Ayurvedic Toothpaste, Tooth Powder + Mouthwash Recipes
Triphala Rasayanam – 4
Triphala along with
Suvarna (gold calx)
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Vidanga – False black pepper – Emblica ribes
Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum and
Lavana – Rock salt
The above mixture is administered continually for one year. This remedy contains iron and gold calx, which are hailed as prime most anti-aging metals. This was the reason why ancient kings of India used to take food in golden or silver plates.
It is conducive to the advancement of
Medha – intellect
- Smrti – memory
Bala – Strength
Ayus – longevity and
Dhana – wealth.
It prevents ageing and diseases.
Benefits of Triphala Rasayanam
Promotes ojas (essence of seven dhatus), which prevents the occurrence of many diseases, creates luster and make the skin exude its natural glow and radiance.
Nourishes both the body and the mind and promotes longevity of life.
Triphala rasayana is especially beneficial for eyes. It improves eyesight.
It balances cholesterol level, by removing ama from the fat tissue.
Purifies urinary tract and helps in prevention of urinary tract diseases.
Strengthens and cleanses the liver and keeps liver healthy. It also prevents diseases related to the functioning of liver.
Also helps the management of weight. Thus, it is beneficial for those who are obese.
It enhances digestive fire in the stomach.
- This can act as a powerful anti-aging medicine.
These are many ways in which Triphala can be made part of your daily life. If this all looks very confusing, simplest way to enjoy Triphala daily, is to take it 1 teaspoon at night, after food with ghee or honey or lukewarm water.
Taking Triphala based on Tridosha dominance:
For all Vata related problems such as headache, insomnia, body ache, bloating, constipation etc., it is good to take a teaspoon of Triphala with a teaspoon of sesame oil or half a teaspoon of castor oil (especially for constipation), at night.
For all Pitta related problems such as migraine, gastritis, burning sensation, hypertension etc., it is good to take a teaspoon of Triphala with a teaspoon of ghee, followed by lukewarm water.
For all Kapha related problems such as high cholesterol, obesity, cold, chronic asthma, it is good to take a teaspoon of triphala, mixed with a teaspoon of organic raw honey, at night, followed by a cup of water at room temperature or lukewarm water. This can be taken before or after food.
Reference: Charaka Samhita, Chikitsa Sthana, 1st chapter