Triphala (/triːˈfɑːlə/ or /triːˈfælə/; Hindi/Sanskrit: त्रिफला, triphalā [trɪˈpʰɐlaː], “three fruits”) is an Ayurvedic herbal rasayana formula consisting of equal parts of three myrobalans, taken without seed: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).
In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Triphala is used for:
- immune system stimulation
- improvement of digestion
- relief of constipation
- gastrointestinal tract cleansing
- relief of gas
- treatment of diabetes
- treatment of eye disease
These health claims have not been yet tested in clinical trials. Even within the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, there are controversies about the composition (amlaki, haritaki and bibhitaki), preparation, and medicinal uses of Triphala.
The active constituents are unknown. Triphala contains several compounds that have been proposed to be responsible for its claimed health benefits, including gallic acid, chebulagic acid, and chebulinic acid. 
Contemporary research on triphala
Triphala, widely used by natural Ayurvedic healers in India for thousands of years, contains 3 different fruits: Harada, Amla and Bihara. The word “Triphala”literally means “three fruits”. The combination of these three fruits cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract in a natural and gentle way. Basically our “bathroom experience” becomes a better one That is the best way I can put it!!
Why should we cleanse?
It’s always a good idea to cleanse! Get rid of toxins that build up in our bodies so that our bodies can function most efficiently and have that bright glowing skin we all crave and want! More energy and feel less bloated!
And I’m not talking about cleansing with juicing or not eating. No no, that’s a whole other conversation. I absolutely believe in still eating a healthy diet while “cleansing”/taking Triphala.
I have suggested Triphala to many clients, students and friends and all of them have seen results. You can call it a form of laxative if you’d like but this is totally safe and gentle on the body. Yes, we are all different but seems like this one might be a miracle worker and work for everyone!
Suggested use: Take one pill before bedtime. *Take on and off for a period of time OR once in a while when you feel you need it. I usually take it when I feel I need a cleanse- about one or two times a week (usually when I have consumed a bigger meal or more food than usual).
Benefits of Triphala:
- detoxify and cleanses the colon of toxins
- removes excess fats
- purifies the blood
- removes toxins from the liver
- reduces some forms of cholesterol (serum cholesterol)
- reduces high blood pressure
- high nutritional value: including high levels of vitamin C
- high in antioxidants
- strengthens hair roots and enriches hair color
The three fruits contained in Triphala are
Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry),
Haritaki (Indian Gallnut or Terminalia chebula),
and Bibhitaki (Beleric Myrobalan or Terminalia bellerica).
The prokinetic cleanser
An immensely popular Ayurvedic herbal formula,Triphala(Terminalia chebula,Terminalia bellirica and Emblica officinalis) is an effective bowel cleanser. It combines the goodness of Indian Gooseberry, Belleric Myrobalan and Chebulic Myrobalan, which work together to produce effective bowel movements.
The herbal compound provides overall support for digestion and helps ensure that the digestive tract works at optimal levels. Triphala relieves constipation and regularizes the digestive system, without disrupting the fluid-electrolyte balance in the body.
The herbs that make up Triphala are found in abundance in India.
Triphala, the well-known traditional Ayurvedic formulation, makes an excellent skin tonic. It is one of the most popular Ayurvedic medicinal herbs, prescribed by a number of Ayurvedic practitioners. Triphala literally means ‘three fruits’. The three fruits contained in Triphala are Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry), Haritaki (Indian Gallnut or Terminalia chebula), and Bibhitaki (Beleric Myrobalan or Terminalia bellerica). Since Triphala is tridoshic – equally balancing for Vata, Pitta and Kapha – it is beneficial for all skin types. Triphala nourishes the skin, both directly and indirectly. Amla (Indian gooseberry), one of the three ingredients in Triphala, is the richest known natural source of Vitamin C. Apart from the rich source of Vitamin C, Triphala also contains calcium – an important nutrient that helps enhance skin clarity and brings dull, tired skin to life.
Preparation Of Triphala Rasayana
Triphala Rasayana is usually prepared by mixing triphala with equal quantity of madhuka (mahua tree), tavakshir (East Indian arrowroot) pippali (long pepper), saindhava (long salt), and each one of the loha (iron), suvarna (gold), vacha (Acorus calamus) with either honey, ghee or sugar, in equal quantity.
Benefits Of Triphala
Triphala Rasayana is beneficial is promoting ojas, the finest product of digestion that prevents the occurrence of many diseases, creates luster and make the skin exude its natural glow and radiance.
It nourishes both the body and the mind, thereby promoting longevity of life. Therefore, Triphala Rasayana is very much beneficial for adults and children alike.
The Rasayana is especially beneficial for eyes. In case one has problems in eye sight, opting for Triphala Rasayana would be the best bet.
The Rasayana creates a balance in the cholesterol level, by removing ama from the fat tissue.
It helps in the purification of urinary tract, thereby helping the prevention of urinary tract diseases.
It also strengthens and cleanses the liver, which is one of its main functions. This ensures that the liver, one of the important parts of the body, stays healthy. It can also be said that the consumption of Rasayana prevents diseases related to the functioning of liver.
The medicine also helps the management of weight. Thus, it is beneficial for people, who want to loose weight.
It enhances the thirteen agnis (digestive fires), especially the main digestive fire in the stomach.
Triphala Rasayana is helpful in pacifying Kapha and Pitta. If taken on a regular basis, the Rasayana can be a powerful anti-aging medicine.
People suffering from skin inflammation, heat, infection, obesity will find the consumption of Triphala Rasayana as beneficial.
Diseases such as fatigue and anemia can be effectively cured by the regular consumption of Triphala Rasayana, if taken according to the prescribed doses.
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