the benefits of triphala

The Benefits of Triphala

By Angela Glaz

Ayurvedic Specialist & 500 Hour E-RYT

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Triphala is a powerful Ayurvedic herbal formulation. Tri, meaning three, implies that it is made up of 3 fruits: Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. While each of these fruits can benefit our well-being on their own, the three of them together creates what is called a Rasayana. A Rasayana is a refined herbal and fruit combination in that is known for rejuvenating the body and mind and promoting a long and healthy life.

The 3 Fruits of Triphala and their Benefits

Amalaki

Amalaki, aka the Indian Goose Berry, strengthens the immune system and cools the body. The cooling quality of amalaki helps promote liver health and maintains the general balance of the Pitta dosha. The herb is also filled with Vitamin C and antioxidants, which promote healthy skin through the encouragement of collagen and elastin production.

Bibhitaki

Bibhitaki holds an astringent or drying quality that is great for clearing up respiratory issues and maintaining the general balance of the Kapha dosha. It also encourages strength and tone within the digestive system, and improves digestive motion and efficiency.

Haritaki

Harikaki holds the qualities of hot and rough. These two qualities create a scraping like action, which promotes healthy digestion and helps the body eliminate toxins. Haritaki also contains chebulic acid, which increases the production of insulin, which helps lower blood sugar levels throughout the body.

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