What is Triphala?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

"No mother? Do not worry so long as you have triphala."

— Ayurvedic saying

In the Vedic culture, people used to believe that Triphala could care for the internal organs as a mother cares for her family. This time tested formula can do a lot for your wellness!

What is Triphala?

Thriphala is a traditional herbal compound made of the synergy between the dried fruits of the three following plants: Phyllanthus emblica (Amla or Amalaki), Terminalia chebula (Haritaki), Terminalia bellerica (Bibhitaki).

Some benefits of Triphala

  • Tones and detoxifies the intestinal wall and cleanses the colon

  • A mild natural laxative that helps to regulate bowel movements

  • Triphala can reduce cholesterol levels and arterial plaque

  • Traditionally used as a hair tonic. (I usually recommend my clients to use it as a "dry shampoo" after a Shirodhara session).

  • Reduces inflammation and supports healing in rheumatoid arthritis

  • Can be used for eyewashes

How to use Triphala

"One who fully knows how to use triphala, can rectify any imbalance"

— Charaka Samhita

As a digestive tonic and mild natural laxative, Triphala can be taken in the evening 2 hours after eating and around 30min before bedtime. To support weight loss around the waist and hips, Triphala can be taken after meals. For all other uses and because in Ayurveda the synergies and the time/order in which the herbs are consumed are also part of the intelligence of the treatment, consult your ayurvedic practitioner or functional medicine doctor.

At Hridayam apothecary, we carry Triphala in three different presentations: powder, capsules, and tincture. When my clients ask me which one they should get, my recommendation is "it depends!" In Ayurveda the taste is considered part of the treatment, so the best way to use Triphala would be it's powdered form, but if you can't handle the taste or cannot easily carry and prepare it to drink, the capsules or tincture will work better. Therefore, my answer to the question is to use the presentation that fits your taste and schedule, focusing on actually being consistent with taking it.

My clients use to ask me which one is the best brand, and my answer to that is again, "it depends!" I personally like to work with The Ayurvedic Institute and Banyan Botanicals for the powdered version, Gaia Herbs is also a great choice offering Triphala in synergy with fibers and other cleansing herbs on their Daily Cleanse Fiber compound. For the capsules, my choice is The Life Spa. There are other great brands in the market and here what you have to make sure is that the ingredient lists have only the three herbs and nothing else! No fillers, no "glues"! The main criteria of choice here will be to get it organic, with nothing else added (I mean: no fillers), and from companies engaged in sustainable practices.

To be aware! I've recently come across a brand selling Triphala in capsules in an "oh so beautiful packaging!" Expensive and in my perspective, useless. Over packaged and overpriced products are not always synonyms for high quality. Read the ingredients list!

The following are a few recipes and uses of Triphala thoughtfully curated for you.

Triphala Bedtime Rejuvenative Milk

1 tsp ground flax seeds

1 tsp psyllium husks

½ tsp triphala powder

Stir into warmed almond milk with a pinch of cardamom powder and raw honey (optional)

Laxative tonic, rejuvenating, detoxifying and dosha-balancing

Triphala Eyewash (as thought by Dr. Vasant Lad)

Boil ¼ tsp of triphala in 1 cup of water for 10 min.

Cool and strain through a coffee filter.

Rinse using an eyewash cup.

For more and in-depth information about Triphala, I recommend the following articles: Triphala: an Ayurvedic Herbal Formulation that Fights Cancer & Constipation

Find the Best Herbs for your Digestive Symptoms

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