Triphala has long been used in Ayurveda, a healing system that originated thousands of years ago in India. Today it is used to treat a number of health conditions. Still, researchers have yet to confirm its Benefits.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Triphala is considered a tridoshic rasayana. This means Triphala supports all three doshas: air/space, fire/water, and water/earth. Doshas are the elements responsible for physical, mental, and emotional health.
According to the Ayurvedic tradition, Triphala can treat a wide range of health conditions. As with many multi-herbal medications, it is unknown which parts of Triphala are responsible for its benefits.
Many of Triphala’s health benefits can be attributed to its laxative effect, or ability to “cleanse the system.” At lower doses, Triphala works as a bowel tonic to alleviate gas and promote digestion. It can also be used at higher doses as a purgative, or strong laxative.