Triphala is composed of 3 "fruits" that act synergistically together. The 3 fruits are Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki.
Amalaki works as a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that removes excess heat from the body. It also helps to stimulate the production of red blood cells, enhance cellular regeneration, increase lean body mass, strengthen bones, and maintain healthy blood sugar level.
Haritaki supports the body's natural cleansing process by gently removing toxins that accumulate in the colon. It is also considered to increase energy, intelligence, and mental attention.
Bibhitaki is the third ingredient in Triphala. In Sanskrit, Bibhitaki means "one who keeps you away from disease." Bibhitaki is particularly effective in reducing the accumulation of fat and fluids in the body.
Each one of these herbal preparations has tremendous value individually. However, when they are combined in the form of Triphala, they work as an even more powerful tool to detoxify and strengthen the body and can help you to achieve your ideal weight.
Triphala also purifies the blood and removes toxins from the liver. Some of the scientific research and practical experience of people who have used it down through the ages has demonstrated that Triphala is an effective blood purifier that stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver and significantly reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels throughout the body. Triphala also has a marked cardio-protective effect, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure. Furthermore, Triphala benefits a person, by removing excess fats out of the body, nurturing voice quality, strengthening hair roots, enriching hair color and improving eyesight. It also helps to reduce fibromyalgia pain.
Triphala powder also has nutritional properties. It contains anthraquinones that help in stimulating peristalsis. Triphala is quite rich in one of the powerful antioxidants, polyphenols, which reduces oxidative stress on the body. The presence of a high amount of vitamin C not only builds immunity but also helps in maintain good reproductive health in both genders. It nourishes and strengthens the respiratory tract and the lungs, helping a variety of lung conditions, including bronchitis & asthma.
Triphala contains five of the six tastes recognized in Ayurveda (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent), only missing the salty taste. Perhaps because the Western diet is so lacking in bitter and astringent, these are the two most prominent tastes for most people, which can make drinking the tea somewhat unpleasant initially. Over time, as the system becomes more balanced, it is not uncommon for the taste one perceives to evolve into a sweet experience.