There are good reasons that we’re all so interested in Cleansing. Our bodies do their best, but we’re aware that we need help to process the environmental and emotional toxins we’ve taken in over the years. Many of us turn to quick, dramatic cleansing procedures that often end up doing more harm than good. These cleanses flush too many toxins into our system too quickly, and we can’t eliminate them properly. Not only can this make us sick and damage our tissues, but it doesn’t make for long-lasting results.
This is where Triphala can help. The name Triphala means “Three Fruits”, and it has been a cornerstone of Indian herbal therapies for thousands of years. It is an indispensable part of any long-term cleanse, and we end up recommending it for just about everyone who walks in the door at Smile. The three fruits are Amla (Emblica officinalis), which contains more Vitamin C than any other fruit and has powerful antioxidant properties, Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica).
Before we can start directly cleansing major organs like the liver, the digestive system must be strong and clean. Triphala cleanses and tones the entire digestive tract while promoting strong, complete digestion and elimination. Triphala is “strong but gentle”. It is an extremely effective cleanser, but it does not cause the griping pains and dehydrating effects of the “emergency” laxative herbs. Instead, Triphala adapts to your system, helping to normalize your digestive patterns. This is why Triphala is safe and effective for long-term use.
Triphala can be used as a laxative in cases of acute or chronic constipation. But long-term use of Triphala does much more than ease constipation. It strengthens the walls of the stomach and intestines, and it cleanses them of toxins that may have lay buried for decades in the weakened tissue. Chronic stress, dehydration, sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition all lead to weakness and buildup in the intestinal walls. Undigested food, toxins, etc., can gather in these pockets of weakness, and sometimes the intestines can even perforate. Unprocessed food and mucous ends up coating the walls of our digestive system and causing all kinds of problems, both physically and emotionally. Triphala helps prevent this and cleans up the existing mess. Triphala acts like an exercise regimen for your digestive system, toning the muscles, cleaning them out, encouraging a healthy digestive fire that completely breaks down your food, and finally helping you assimilate your nutrients and completely eliminate waste.
Many people who start taking Triphala can’t imagine how they lived without it. The sensation of effectively cleansing the digestive system is unmistakably empowering. They start experiencing increased energy, regular, complete bowel movements, a dramatic decrease in gas pain and bloating, weight loss, and a healthier overall relationship to their digestive system.
Once our digestive systems are clean, strong and balanced, the way is clear for us to start cleansing the liver and other major organs. Heigh ho!