Definition - What does Trikatu mean?
Trikatu is an Ayurvedic formula, otherwise known as 'three pungents' due to its pungent tasting ingredients. It is used to support gastric, respiratory and digestive function, improve metabolism and circulation, and assist in the assimilation of nutrients. Trikatu is generally administered in powdered or capsule form, and can be taken one or two times per day.
Sanskrit for 'three spices' or 'three peppers,' Trikatu consists of an equal ratio of three ingredients: the fruits of Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Long Pepper (Piper longum) and the rhizomes of Ginger (Zingiber officinale).
Yogapedia explains Trikatu
Trikatu is used to:
- Burn excess fat
- Remove toxins
- Support respiratory functions
- Clear mucus from the body
- Increase metabolism
- Improve circulation
According to Ayurveda, digestion is powered by agni, otherwise known as digestive fire. The warming spices used to make Trikatu help to kindle agni, particularly when digestion is stagnant. Trikatu also helps to rejuvenate those with Kapha dosha tendencies.