Triphala (“three fruits”) 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). It contains vitamin C.
Herbal remedies represent some of the most ancient medicines in healthcare and are historically considered among the most powerful means of maintaining human health and homeostasis. Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word meaning the knowledge of life or the science of perfect health, is the traditional system of personalized medicine from India, which emphasizes disease prevention and health promotion.. It is classified as a tridoshic rasayana in Ayurvedic medicine as it promotes longevity and rejuvenation in patients of all constitutions and ages.
The formula consists of the fruits Amalaki or the Indian Gooseberry, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki of the three plants generally in equal proportions and has been used in traditional medicine in India for over 1000 years according to the writings of the great physician Charak in a foundational text of Ayurveda called the Charaka Samhita as well as in another key text called the Sushruta Samhita. According to Charak, taking the Triphala Rasayana (Triphala with honey and ghee) daily has the potential to make a person live for one hundred years devoid of old age and diseases. The physician Sushrut indicated that the formula is useful for treating ulcers and wounds.
As both Ayurveda and Western medicine agree that health and disease begin in the gut. Triphala represents an essential foundational formula as it promotes efficient digestion, absorption, elimination, and rejuvenation. Numerous references in well-respected Ayurvedic medical texts make clear that Triphala is revered as a multiuse therapeutic and perhaps even panacea historically.