Triphala and Chyawanprash are two great Ayurvedic medicines. They both rejuvenate body and hence useful for anti aging purpose. But one has only three ingredients and the other has 37+. One requires just five minutes to prepare (powder the three and mix), while the other requires one full day. So how to decide which suits whom? Let’s find out.
It will be good if you read these two articles –
Triphala – benefits, dose, side effects, How to take?
Chyawanprash – benefits, dose, side effects, how to take, faq
Nourishment Vs Cleansing (detoxifying)
If you are particularly looking for cleansing and detoxifying, Triphala is more suited. I am not saying that Chyawanprash is not cleansing (please take your gun off my head 🙂 ) Of course it does cleansing as well. But because it contains ghee, sugar, raisins etc, it is more nourishing than cleansing. So, if you are looking for nourishment and rejuvenation, go ahead with Chyawanprash.
Both are Tridosha balancing, no doubt. But
Triphala balances Kapha and Pitta Dosha, more and
Chyawanaprash balances Kapha and Vata Dosha, more.
Where Triphala holds a slight edge over Chyavanprash
If you are diabetic, taking Triphala makes more sense than taking Chyawanprash. Chyawanprash contains sugar. If the diabetes is well under control, then taking Chyavanaprasham does not do any harm, but still, taking Triphala is safer and makes more sense.
It does not mean that Chyawanprash will not help in eye care. But if you are targeting specifically on your eyes, then Triphala makes more sense than Chyawanprash. Related – How to take Triphala for eye care?
Again, Chyawanprash is helpful, but Triphala is more helpful in non healing wounds. It is useful internally, in the form of powder / capsule / Kashaya. Triphala Kashaya is also used externally for washing wounds, to do sitz bath in piles, fistula, etc. How to prepare Triphala Kashayam
Chronic skin diseases
Chronic skin diseases associated with itching, scaling, secretions etc, Triphala is more suited(strong)
Because Triphala does not increase digestion strength to that extent as Chyawanprash, and because Triphala doubles as mild laxative and has cleansing property, it is more suited in obesity.
Where Chyawanprash is more suited than Triphala
Respiratory disease, asthma, cold cough
The first benefit of Chyawanprash enlisted in the ancient formula is – useful in Kasa (cough, cold) and Shwasa (asthma, wheezing etc).
Chyavanprash contains spices like long pepper, cinnamon etc which are very useful for boosting the digestion strength.
Lean and weak
If you are underweight with loss of appetite, then look no further than Chyawanprash.
Too young and too old
Chyawanprash can be given in very minute dose to children above 3 years of age. It helps immensely in keeping the cold, cough, anorexia away and also helps in boosting the immunity power Similarly, it is more suited in very elderly people who are weak due to severe degeneration.
Apart from being a good anti ageing medicine, Chyawanprash is also very good to improve sexual health.
Improvement in skin complexion
It nourishes the skin, so improves skin texture and complexion.
Memory and Intelligence
One of the important benefits of Chyawanprash as quoted in the traditional formula is – improvement in memory and concentration.
Having enlisted the above criteria, it is also noteworthy that, both are not mutually exclusive. They can be taken together, if your doctor decides so. But if you are to chose only one among the two, I hope that the above points might come in handy. Cheers!
Triphala and Chyawanprash at night?
Question: I have been taking Chyawanprash with milk at night over. But recently I have developed constipation. Last night I took triphala with a glass of water, in addition to Chyawanaprash, and I had better motion today morning. My question is whether it is okay to combine Chyawanprash and triphala at night ? Can I continue taking triphala powder over a long period (at night) ?
First of all Triphala and Chyawanprash both are excellent anti ageing medicines.
Morning is the best time to take Chyawanprash. However, some people find it difficult to take it in the morning, so they take it at night, which is fine.
Coming to the present question – The person wants to take Chyawanprash with milk and Triphala at night.
My answer would be, you can take Triphala with Chyawanprash. No problem. But milk along with Triphala is not good. Some brands of Triphala makes the milk to curdle. This is because Amla – Indian gooseberry is an ingredient of Triphala and it is sour. The sourness of the amla, in some brands of Triphala makes the milk to curdle.
Moreover, as per Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 26th chapter, sour fruits should not be consumed with milk. So, you cannot take milk along with Triphala.
Hence, my suggestion would be to take Chyawanprash with milk, 10 minutes before dinner and Triphala with water, 30 minutes after food or at bed time. This way, you can maintain a gap between the two medicines and enjoy their benefits at the same time.