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.