Famous as the ‘Power Trinity’, Trikatu is a classical ayurvedic formulation that combines the goodness of three herbs or spices, mainly, long pepper, black pepper, and ginger to create an absolute remedy for most Vata and Kapha derangements. The health benefits of trikatu are due to the presence of the active ingredient “Alkaloid papaverine” in it.
Trikatu churna chiefly works by stimulating ‘Agni’, i.e. the digestive fire improves the assimilation of nutrients in the body and reduces Kapha. It is also famed as a rejuvenator and tonic which helps pacify the aggravated Kapha in the respiratory and digestive tract and also regulates the path for the Vata, thus reducing bloating and abdominal distension.
• 1 part Gaja Pippali/ Long pepper – Piper longum
• 1 part Kali Marich/ Black pepper – Piper nigrum
• 1 part Shunthi/ Adrak/ Ginger – Zingiber officinalis
Dry all the herbal ingredients separately till there is no moisture remaining.
Put them together in a blender and make a powder of it.
Effects on Doshas –
Trikatu churna pacifies the Vata doshas (i.e. air) and Kapha (earth and water) doshas, whereas having a pungent metabolic taste, it aggravates and detoxifies the Pitta (fire and air) doshas.
Health Benefits –
This old-age health remedy gives benefits in an array of ailments and disorders. Let’s have a look at all those benefits –
• Boosts Immunity
Trikatu offers an absolute remedy for improving the immune system, fighting microbes, and shielding the body against various microbial invasions. It also portrays the presence of strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties, which are extremely effective in preventing infections like fever, common cold, sore throat, and other respiratory anomalies.
• Respiratory Anomalies
The bulk of active constituents in this herbal blend provides relief from respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, COPD, cough, and cold symptoms. It also helps in removing phlegm deposits from the respiratory tract, provides relief from a sore throat, cough, and congestion, and eases breathing.
• Improves Liver Functioning
Imbued with powerful hepatoprotective properties due to the presence of the compound ‘piperine’, Trikatu churna, helps in detoxifying excess toxin and enhances overall liver health. It is also beneficial in treating liver diseases like hepatitis and jaundice.
• Enhances Cardiac Functioning
It relaxes the cardiac system, by calming the mind, which is extremely beneficial for patients suffering from arrhythmias and palpitations. It is also extensively used for strengthening the heart muscles, lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, and preventing lipid build-up, which in turn reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, heart blocks, blood clots, etc.
The abundance of alkaloids and flavonoids in the power trinity increases heat helps the body shed excess weight faster by improving metabolic transformation and preventing further accumulation of fats.
It is the ultimate choice for providing relief from pain and inflammation due to arthritis. It is also extremely effective against Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout, etc.
• Promotes Digestion
It helps to eliminate abdominal gas and in turn reduces abdominal distension, bloating, and gaseous cramps. It inhibits the action of worms and their multiplication. It is also extremely useful in treating a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, gastritis, heartburn, diarrhea, flatulence, peptic ulcer, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Therapeutic Dosage –
The effective therapeutic dosage of Trikatu churnam may vary from person to person depending upon the age, severity, and condition of the patient.
Adults: ½ – 2 grams twice a day preferably after meals alongside lukewarm water or honey.
Side Effects –
The side effects are usually noticed in the form of heartburn, burning sensation, hot flushes, mouth ulcers, excessive sweating, bleeding disorders, and even redness in the eye.
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