What is Triphala
Triphala is a combination of the dried fruits of Terminalia chebula,
Terminalia belerica, and Emblica officinalis in equal proportions.
These are popularly known in India as Harad, Behada and Amla. Harada
and Behada have a warm energy, while Amla is cool. Triphala, being a
combination of all three, is therefore balanced, making it useful as
an internal cleansing, detoxifying formula for everyone including more
sensitive type individuals and vegetarians.
This formula and its individual ingredients are highly valued in
Ayurveda, being compared to a "good manager of the house," aiding
digestion, nutrient absorption and body metabolism.
According to Ayurvedic practitioners, daily use of triphala promotes
normal appetite, good digestion, the increase of red blood cells and
hemoglobin, and removal of undesirable fat. Triphala is very
beneficial for creating a favorable chemical environment for the
proliferation of beneficial intestinal bacteria and an unfavorable
environment for non-beneficial intestinal bacteria. Of primary
importance is the use of Triphala as a bowel regulator. It is
considered as safe as food and is not habit forming, even when taken
on a daily basis. Since Triphala is a tonic, cleanser and blood
purifier, there is still one other important use for it and that is as
a strengthener of the eyes, useful for cataracts, conjunctivitis and
glaucoma. Triphala can be used as daily eyewash to strengthen vision,
counteract many eye defects and eliminate redness and soreness.