The term ‘Triphala’ is a combination of two words, 'tri' and 'phala'. ‘Tri’ means three and ‘phala’ means fruit. Unknown to some people, Triphala has been in use for the longest time in Ayurvedic medicine. The medicinal herb impacts differently on different systems within the body. It is termed as polyherbal since it is a combination of a number of medicinal fruits which vary in constitution. The fruits are dried and then ground to come up with the powder. The origin of the dried fruits is traced back to India. The three fruits are Amla, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. They are mixed in given proportions to come up with Triphala powder.
Amla (Emblica officinalis)
The amla fruit is popularly known an Indian gooseberry. The edible fruit has one of longest histories in traditional Ayurvedia. Indian gooseberry contains compounds which take care of constipation and stomach upsets, alongside such conditions as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These could be caused by indigestion and infection, among other reasons.
Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)
The relative large Bibhitaki tree which gives rise to the Bibhitaki fruits is native to South East Asia. The fruits especially stand out for their inflammatory properties. The fruit has profound antimicrobial properties hence it is able to boost immunity especially in fighting off viral and bacterial infections.
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
The relatively small, green Haritaki fruit holds a high place in Ayurvedic medicine on account of their numerous benefits attributed to it. The fruit is occasionally referred to as the “king of medicines” as it has been used to treat many conditions in the past. The fruit also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties thus it is able to help in tackling various inflammatory disorders.
Benefits of Triphala
Improves dental health
Triphala has plenty of positive contributions to dental health. The anti-inflammatory properties make it possible for the medicinal herb to fight off microorganisms which cause plaque formation. The latter is among the major causes of most dental conditions e.g. gingivitis and dental cavities.
Helps in management of weight
Taking Triphala quite often has the effect of reducing appetite hence one reduces on their regular food intake. The long-term effect is there is a reduction in the overall energy intake, body fat and finally body weight. It is therefore recommended for people who are having a relatively hard time shedding off some extra pounds.
Acts as a natural laxative
Triphala serves as a natural laxative and hence it is able to take care of issues which crop up in the digestive system, which finally affect passing of stool. The stool is now passed more consistently and smoothly. It is suitable in getting rid of constipation which could be caused by a variety of digestive issues. Triphala also has the ability to enhance gastrointestinal health thus reducing instances of diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Helps in cleansing the body
Triphala helps in cleansing and detoxifying the body thus keeping it in its best shape. It also helps in the removal of accumulated toxins from the bloodstream and the body at large. As a result, the skin also glows and feels smoother. It also cleanses the circulatory system and especially the blood vessels. In the process, it boosts blood circulation and nutrients reach the tissues more rapidly.