TRIPHALA (Terminalia bellirica, Terminalia chebula, Emblica officinalis)


Latin name: Terminalia bellirica, Terminalia chebula, Emblica officinalis

English name: Bellirica Myrobalan, Chebulic Myrobalan, and Indian Gooseberry

Sanskrit/Indian name: Triphala (Bibhitaki, Haritaki and Amalaki)

Medicinal parts used: Fruits

Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal rasayana formula consisting of equal parts of three myrobalans, taken without seed; Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), with potential anti-cancer properties. These herbs have a well esteemed place in Ayurveda.

The word triphala means literally “three fruits”.

Therapeutic use:

  • Triphala is used to promote appetite and digestion, increase the number of red blood cells, and aid in removal of undesirable fat in the body.
  • When dissolved in the mouth, Triphala is used to clear congestion and headaches.
  • Other claimed benefits include helping maintain normal blood sugar levels, as well as improvement in skin tone and colour.
  • Triphala is also helpful in liver disorders, acts as an expectorant and corrects Diverticulitis.

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