Triphala

Definition - What does Triphala mean?

Triphala is a medicinal herbal preparation that has been used for thousands of years in the traditional Indian system of medicine called Ayurveda. The name, triphala, comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and means “having three fruits.”

Triphala is a blend of the fruits, amalaki, haritaki and bibitaki and is typically used to aid digestion, to promote weight loss and as a mild laxative. It is available as a powder (usually prepared as tea), a tablet or a liquid extract.

Yogapedia explains Triphala

In Ayurveda, triphala is believed to balance all three of the doshas (the energies that control the body's functions) — vata, pitta and kapha — thereby promoting health and well-being. Modern research has shown that triphala helps maintain the health of the immune and cardiovascular systems and serves as a powerful antioxidant.

Triphala also has benefits associated with the three fruits that comprise it:

  • Amalaki (Indian gooseberry) — lowers cholesterol, is rich in vitamin C and balances pitta
  • Haritaki — an anti-inflammatory that's also used as a laxative and anti-diarrheal, and calms vata
  • Bibhitaki — detoxifies the body's muscles, fatty tissue and blood, promotes bone formation and balances kapha
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