Triphala is an Ayurvedic[1] herbal rasayana formula consisting of equal parts of three myrobalans, taken without seed: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis),Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).[2] The word triphala (better triphalā, from Hindi/Sanskrit: त्रिफला [t̪rɪˈpʰəlaː], widely pronounced /triːˈfɑːlə/ or /triːˈfælə/ by English speakers) means literally “three fruits”.[2]

Medicinal use

In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Triphala is used for:

These health claims have not been yet tested in clinical trials. Even within the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, there are controversies about the composition (amlaki, haritaki and bibhitaki), preparation, and medicinal uses of Triphala.[5]
The Health Effects of Triphala

Test-tube studies have suggested that triphala offers antioxidant, bacteria-killing, and immune-enhancing benefits. And in animal-based research, scientists have shown that the herbal blend may help keep cholesterol in check.

In other studies on animals, triphala has demonstrated anti-cancer effects. A report published in 2008, for instance, found that feeding triphala to mice helped suppress the growth of pancreatic cancer cells. It’s important to remember, though, that animal studies do not prove equal effectiveness in humans.

Triphala for Detox

Although ayurvedic practitioners often use triphala to promote the cleansing of toxins from the body, there’s no clinical-trial-based evidence that the formula can act as a detox or weight loss supplement.

How to Use Triphala

Choose triphala capsules (available at health food stores) instead of the powdered form. If you’re using triphala to treat constipation, keep in mind that it’s generally safe to take triphala on a longer-term basis (unlike other, harsher laxatives).

{Information courtesy Wikipedia}