Trikatu, made from Long Pepper (Piper longum), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), and Ginger (Zingiber officinale), is traditionally used to support digestion and the overall gastric function.*
Trikatu translates to "three pungents" referring to the sharp taste of these herbs. It has been used in the ayurvedic tradition to stimulate "agni" or digestive "fire."
Ayurveda teaches that up to 85% of all health concerns stem from an underlying digestive imbalance. The result of poor digestion is directly linked to the production of the toxic by-products of undigested food, referred to as ama.
Ama includes undigested fats, fat-soluble environmental pollutants, heavy metals, and undigested proteins like gluten in wheat, casein in dairy, and the naturally-occurring, protective anti-nutrients in grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
In Ayurveda, the study of the lymph is called rasayana or the study of longevity. Understanding how to break up ama and clear the lymphatic system is the Ayurvedic key to health and longevity, and it all starts in the digestive system.
There is one herbal formula that is often added to Ayurvedic formulas because of its ability to do three things:
Break up ama
Boost bio-availability of other nutrients
Turn on the stomach’s digestive fire
The formula is classically called trikatu and is known as Warm Digest at LifeSpa. Trikatu is a Sanskrit word meaning three spices, three peppers, or three pungents:
Black Pepper – Piper nigrum
Long Pepper – Piper longum
Ginger – Zingiber officinale
Most commonly, this formula was used to support healthy stomach function and boost the natural production of hydrochloric acid (HCI), referred to as jathara agni and pachaka pitta in Ayurveda. It was also used to support the liver’s production of bile, the stimulation of bile from the gallbladder, and the healthy secretion and delivery of digestive enzymes (ranjaka pitta) from the pancreas.
Digestion formula for kapha
Supports proper digestion of fat
Promotes a healthy metabolism
Reduces excess kapha
Translating as "three pungents", Trikatu contains the herbs pippali, ginger, and black pepper. The powerful heating quality of this combination is traditionally used to enkindle the digestive fire and to effectively burn fat and natural toxins. Trikatu supports a healthy metabolism, allowing nutrients to be properly digested and assimilated, thus aiding in weight management. It is also a rejuvenative for kapha, supporting healthy lungs and uncongested breathing.*
Rasa (taste): pungent, slightly sweet
Virya (action): heating
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for kapha, increases pitta, aggravates vata in excess
¼ to ½ teaspoon with warm water, once or twice daily, or as directed by your health practitioner.
Please consult with your health care practitioner prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.