Triphala is most commonly known for its use as a gentle bowel tonic, being helpful in digestion, and supporting regular bowel movements. The combination of the three fruits has a synergistic effect to bolster many other systems as well.
Three fruits present in triphala are featured below :
- Amalaki – it is quite a popular fruit and is used widely. The healthcare practitioners in India have been using this fruit since the ancient times for curing different diseases. This fruit has the ability to lower cholesterol. Vitamin C is also present in it. It is beneficial for all doshas (one of the three bodily humors which make up the body’s constitution according to Ayuverdas) but is particularly beneficial for balancing “pitta” (one of the three doshas).
- Bibhitaki – it is another ancient plant having detoxifying effect on the muscles, blood and fatty tissues of the body. It is quite useful against conditions which involve excess mucous in the system and is quite beneficial for bone formation. This fruit is called as “the one which keeps away diseases” because of its multiple benefits.
- Haritaki – this fruit is known as the Tibetan “King of Medicine”. Different statues of Buddha show him depicting a handful of these fruits which indicates its long term use in Asia. It is quite beneficial for the heart and brain. It can be used as laxative too but it can also be used as an anti-diarrheal treatment. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.