Triphala, an ancient herbal blend, originated in ancient India is one of the longest used herbal remedies in the world. Triphala, meaning ‘‘three fruits,’’ is made from the fruits of three trees that grow throughout India and the Middle East, namely amalaki fruit (Embelica officinalis), bibhitaki fruit (Terminalia belerica), and haritaki fruit (Terminalia chebula).
Triphala is taken as a general health tonic, usually prescribed to tone and strengthen the digestive system, particularly in cases of weak digestion and constipation, and has a mild laxative effect. It improves the function of the stomach and intestines, and is also prescribed for cases of excess stomach acid. Triphala regulates and detoxifies the gut, improves overall health by increasing the efficiency and absorption of digestion, and reduces gas. It has a balancing effect on the body’s metabolism and is prescribed to restore appetite. It helps the body to eliminate excess fat, by improving metabolism. Because of its gentle properties, triphala is recommended as a digestive aid for the elderly and for those with sensitive stomachs.
Triphala is a source of vitamin C and is believed to improve the function of the immune system. The herbs in triphala have anti-inflammatory properties. Triphala is said to have a calming and tonic effect on the nervous system, and is recommended for Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative disorders of the nervous system. Triphala strengthens the kidneys and liver
Another use for triphala is to strengthen the eyes, particularly in cases of cataracts, glaucoma, and conjunctivitis. It can be used as an eyewash and may reduce soreness and redness in the eyes. Triphala can also be applied topically to the skin, to speed the healing of bruises and sunburn.
Having a balanced formula, triphala can be effectively used by most people and is prescribed for a variety of health conditions