What is Triphala

What is Triphala? Benefits

By Veena Deo


The discussion in this article is about Triphala. If we keenly observe certain things in the world and history, we can find few wonders that stood for time and are still serving mankind. One among such things is TRIPHALA a well-known herbal cocktail we can say. The benefits of Triphala are well known and the great one being one for weight loss and one that is a great colon cleanser.

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The name Triphala means that it is made up of three fruits, one that gives three main benefits of prevention, protection & preservation, that its benefit are seen in past, present and in future, and one that controls three body doshas or out of balance elements of the body.

Triphala is made up of three fruits, as we know Indian Gooseberry; Chebulic myrobalan and Belleric myrobalan. The blending ratios can differ based on the need of individuals. However, universally one ratio is under practice. Four parts, one part and two parts of the above respectively. This combination makes Triphala an ideal weight loss product and is the best herbal colon cleanser.

Triphala and the benefits it offers?

Many therapeutic benefits of Triphala have been postulated and documented for  ages. Charaka an ancient physician mentions Triphala in different therapeutic indications and gives it a crown as the best herbal combination for many disorders. The other benefits of Triphala are, stops aging process, revitalizing the body, helping in weight loss, controlling excessive binge eating and drinking, helping in urinary disorders, memory and intellectual development.


The other benefits of Triphala are for weight loss it is also used to treat jaundice, asthma, fever, chronic ulcers, inflammation, and obesity and to promote immunity against infections such as pneumonia. Triphala also demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial activities. These effects are due to the polyphones and falconoid present in its formulation. Triphala also showed hypolipidemic effects in hypercholesterolemic rats.

Herbs and fruits like Chebulic myrobalan, one of the components of Triphala, shown to be a potent hyaluronidase and collagenase inhibitor that prevented degradation of cartilage. Triphala also protected mice from radiation-induced mortality. Oral administration of Triphala enhanced the immune functions in rats. In conclusion the benefits of Triphala beyond weight loss and it being an herbal colon cleanser are way beyond human imagination.

Dr. Veena Deo is the moderator and editor of this article originally written by Dr. P.V Satyanarayana, an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed should not be construed as medical advise. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions email to veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

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