As both Ayurveda and Western medicine agree that health and disease begin in the gut, Triphala represents an essential foundational formula as it promotes efficient digestion, absorption, elimination, and rejuvenation. Triphala is one of the most important herbal preparations in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is a blend of three fruits: Amla, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. Believed to restore balance to all three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, it is one of the most used tonics in Ayurveda for whole body cleansing and balancing. Triphala can be used for daily, gentle cleansing and detoxification, for promoting regularity, and for optimal digestive health.
More commonly known as Indian gooseberry, amla plays an important role in Ayurvedic medicine. It is one of the oldest edible fruits known to India. Indian gooseberries are the edible fruit of a small to medium-sized tree that grows throughout India. The berries have a sour, sharp taste and a fibrous texture. Amla and its extract are used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat symptoms like constipation.
Terminalia bellirica is a large tree that commonly grows in Southeast Asia. Known as Bibhitaki in Ayurvedic medicine, where the fruit of the tree is used as a treatment for common ailments like bacterial and viral infections. This potent herbal remedy has a variety of uses and may help treat a wide array of medical issues. In particular, Bibhitaki has been researched for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Terminalia chebula is a medicinal tree that grows throughout the Middle East, India, China and Thailand. In Ayurveda, this plant is known as Haritaki and is one of the main components in Triphala. Haritaki is held in high esteem in Ayurveda and often referred to as the king of medicines. Haritaki has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Additionally, Haritaki is popularly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat digestive issues like constipation.
How to use Triphala
The traditional way of ingesting triphala is as a tea.
Add ½ teaspoon of triphala powder to a cup of hot water. Stir and allow the tea to cool, and drink.