Ayurveda

Bowel Care

Many of us may have run dry through the dry and light winter months.  This would have manifested in dryness all over the body, inside and out.  Not only would our skin show this effect, our bowels may have been dry as well, with occasional to chronic constipation.  It is critical to health to pay attention and resolve this condition.  Without the body’s intelligence restored in this area it is difficult to address any other symptoms, including allergies and other seasonal afflictions.

In addition to avoiding dry and cold foods, Triphala can be used to gently and effectively correct constipation.  In Sanskrit, ‘Tri’ means 3 and ‘Phala’ means fruits.  Triphala is a triple gooseberry combination that is high in anti-oxidants, Vit C and all the good flavonoids of berries.  It works to restore natural health and intelligence of the colon while also rejuvenating the whole body, increasing seasonal immunity, and boosting life energy.

Dr. Lad, an esteemed teacher and Ayurvedic physician on Triphala:

Probably the best Ayurvedic remedy for constipation is Triphala, a combination of three herbs beneficial for all doshic types. Most problems with constipation can be corrected by taking 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Triphala at night. Steep the herbs in a cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, and drink.  Triphala is also rejuvenating and strengthening for all three doshas and all seven dhatus; it balances ojas, tejas, and prana.

Triphala is easily available at your local co-ops, Whole Foods, or online.

Author: ayurjaya

Clinical Ayurveda Specialist

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