Triphala is a well-known and highly effective Ayurvedic medicine consisting of dried fruits of the plant species Emblica officinalis (Amalaki), Terminalia bellerica (Bibhitaki) and Terminalia chebula (Haritaki ). It consists of three fruits, hence the name Triphala, and is used generally in equal proportions. It has been used in traditional medicine since ages.
Triphala is potentially effective in gastrointestinal disorders and promotes better digestion, absorption, and elimination. It has various properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, wound healing, hepatoprotective, anti-bacterial, hypoglycaemic, anti-cancerous, etc.
Triphala has rasayana properties which promote longevity and rejuvenation and benefit overall health in many ways hence it is not confined to people with illness. It helps to strengthen immunity and prevent weakness and fatigue.
The rasa and taste of Triphala are sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. The virya or potency is neutral and vipaka is sweet. It helps in balancing the doshas. Gunas or qualities of amalaki are heavy and dry and both haritaki and bibhitaki are considered light and dry.
Triphala helps to prevent and cure digestive issues like constipation, gastritis, flatulence, etc. It promotes digestion and absorption of food, reduces cholesterol levels, and improves circulation and metabolism. It is beneficial in weight loss and to reduce body fat. Its mild laxative property helps to cleanse the bowel.
Triphala has properties that can help manage diabetes. It is rich in vitamins which help in curing and preventing damage to the eyes. Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing properties help to cure skin issues like rashes, redness, acne, dryness, dandruff, etc. Triphala is available in the form of choorna, ghritha, vati, rasayana etc. It is prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners after proper assessment of the condition of the patient.