Triphala is One of the Most Often Used Herbal Combos in Ayurveda and A Powerful Rejuvenator and Cleanser*
Triphala means “three fruits”. Those three fruits are Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bhibitaki. Each one is great in its own right, but combined they become Triphala, one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda for balancing the five elements. It is a powerful rejuvenative to all constitutions, a Rasayana suitable to all three doshas.
Both Amalaki and Haritaki contain all five tastes, and thus are powerful herbal supplements (Bhibitaki contains three). Loaded with antioxidants!
Triphala has been used for thousands of years in India, proving its usefulness. It’s popular mainly for its colon cleansing actions.* In Ayurveda, the colon is the seat of good health. Regular consumption of Triphala gently and slowly purifies the entire digestive system, rejuvenating down to the cellular level.* This actually helps more food absorption to take place leading to healthy weight-loss (more energy from food means fewer calories to eat) and boosting one’s quality of life.*
Also known as Indian Gooseberries or Amla, Dhatri, Emblic Myrobalan and in Latin, Emblica officinalis. A fair amount of preliminary research has been done on Amalaki.
It is known as “the nurse” and has the following effects:
- May Induce Apoptosis (Programmed Cell Death) in Arthritic and Osteoporosis Cells*
- Supports Pancreatic Function and Blood Glucose Levels*
- High in Antioxidants and Polyphenols*
- Particularly great for Pitta Constitutions*
- Rebuilds and Maintains Tissue*
It’s also one of the highest known sources of Vitamin C with 3000 mg per fruit. Amalaki is so revered it even has a National Holiday in India, known as Amalaki Ekadashi.
Called the “King of Medicines” in Tibetan medicine, haritaki is also known as Chebulic Myrobalan and Terminalia chebula.
- Improves Digestion*
- Promotes Absorption of Nutrients*
- Regulates Colon Function*
- Nervine, feeding the Brain and Nerves*
- Specifically great for Vata Constitutions*
This fruit also is known as Baheda and Beleric Myrobalan, in Latin as Terminalia billerica.
Its effects are said to be astringent, tonic, rejuvenatic, expectorant, laxative, anthelmintic, antiseptic and lithotriptic.*
- Powerful Rejuvenator*
- Creates Balance in the Body*
- Purifies Blood*
- Nourishes the Voice, Hair, and Eyes*
- Tonic to Kapha Constitutions*
Research on Triphala
In India, where Triphala has been used for thousands of years quite a few research studies have been done, showing the wide range of effects. What is also important to note is that in many cases the combination of the three fruits provides greater effects than any one of them alone.
- Helps Fight Stress*
- Radio and Chemoprotective*
- Helps Lower Blood Glucose Levels*
- Rejuvenates Debilitated Organs*
- Help Heal Wounds and Lessens Pain (Antinociception)*
Instructions for Taking:
Triphala is a powdered concentrate made of equal parts of the three fruits listed above. Depending on which effects you desire, you are to take Triphala at correspondingly different times.
For best rejuvenation, take Triphala with warm water first thing in the morning.
For best cleansing effects, take Triphala with warm water right before bed.
As a general and lifelong tonic one gram or approximately one-half teaspoon twice per day is sufficient.
For the laxative effects increase this up to one tablespoon. This should only be done for shorter periods of time for its cleansing effects, though this is safe even for children and the elderly.
As for its taste, it is best in powdered form. From The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs:
“Can you put it in a capsule?”
“No. Because it is bitter, it should touch the tongue. The bitterness is what straightens out the head the moment it touches the tongue. People are supposed to chew triphala. Did you taste? It’s terrible. It really straightens out the entire head.”
It is also often taken with Ghee. Or combined with any other herbs for its restorative or laxative effects.
There are roughly 33 teaspoons per 100-gram bag (a little over 3.5 ounces).