Long before allopathy became the science it is now, doctors and medical practitioners were using herbs to heal the body. As evidence grows that certain herbs really do have a good effect on the body, and as people tire of chemical cocktails, it’s good to step back and consider herbs instead.
In my occasional column on herbs that heal, here’s a look at what trikatu, a very common ayurvedic prescription, can do.
Properties: Made from three pungent (katu) herbs, trikatu comprises black pepper (kali mirch), ginger (adhrakh) and long pepper (pippali), which, when consumed together, cut through accumulated mucous and open up the channels of nutrition. This helps balance the ‘agni’ of the body.
Rx: The usual prescription is one teaspoon of trikatu mixed with one teaspoon of organic honey, once a day.
1. It helps digest and expectorate mucous, making it good for disorders that are caused by excessive mucous, such as asthma, and all problems connected to the head and neck, such as sinusitis, throat problems, cough and cold.
2. It balances the metabolism, and is useful for both, poor digestion and excessive appetite.
3. It helps reduce water retention during menopause.
4. Since it removes toxins, it helps in cases of low sexual vigour and poor sperm quality.
5. Since it is a detoxifier, it eliminates excessive cholesterol from the system.
6. It is excellent for diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes caused by an imbalanced diet, with the addition of triphala. In this case, mix trikatu and honey in warm water and drink it three times a day. Also mix triphala chorine with warm water and drink it twice a day, on an empty stomach in the morning, and at night at bedtime.
*Lactating and expecting mothers must avoid trikatu unless they are supervised by an ayurvedic doctor.
*If your kidneys are affected by diabetes and you are on dialysis, take trikatu only under the supervision of an ayurvedic doctor.
*Likewise, if you have ulcers and complicated digestive disorders, avoid trikatu unless its consumption is medically supervised.
From HT Brunch, September 25
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