Triphala – An Ayurvedic formula for Detoxification and Rejuvenation

Triphala – An Ayurvedic formula for Detoxification and Rejuvenation
Triphala – An Ayurvedic formula for Detoxification and Rejuvenation

Triphala is considered most revered Ayurvedic formula since ancient times, believed to promote health, immunity and longevity.  It is the most commonly used Ayurvedic preparation as a first line of treatment of many ailments and is used as mild laxative to cleanse the colon and rejuvenate digestive tract. This formulation rich in antioxidants has been used in wide variety of conditions such as infections, obesity, anemia, cardiovascular diseases, serum cholesterol reduction, poor liver function, large intestine inflammation and ulcerative colitis. It is traditionally prescribed for up to a year in dosages of 1-2 grams taken twice daily for health maintenance and to prevent sickness.

Triphala literally means “three fruits” and refers to the synergic formula of Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Termanlia belerica); these three herbs are connected to a different aspect of the three humors (‘doshas’), called ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’ and ‘Kapha’. According to Ayurvedic theory, imbalances of these doshas are responsible for all pathological changes in the body.


Triphala is proven to have antiviral antibacterial anti allergic and anti-mutagenic effects (Kaur et al., 2002; Srikumar et al., 2005).  A promising anti inflammatory results was obtained in clinical study of Triphala powder in a dosage of 1g/kg/b.wt against adjuvant induced arthritis and to compare with that of the non–steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin.

The first ingredient of Triphala, Amalaki is highly nutritious and contains plenty of vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. It is best Immuno-modulator, anti-oxidant, hypoglycemic, rejuvenator and potent herb for preserving youth.  It is a mild laxative and promotes vision, helps in skin ailments and increases semen particularly sperm count. Amalaki normalizes digestion, supports the liver and has demonstrated significant liver-restorative and cholesterol-lowering effects in research trials. It promotes the health of hair and is applied locally on scalp for falling and grey hair.

Next ingredient is Haritaki, a fruit with hepato-protective properties. It is a safe and effective laxative, carminative and Rejuvenator. Its decoction is used as gargle in sore throat, stomatitis and spongy and ulcerated gums. Haritaki helps to improve digestion, promoting the absorption of nutrients, and regulates colon function. It is particularly useful in prolapsed organs, improving the strength and tone of the supporting musculature.

Third ingredient is Bhibhitaki. This herb is clinically tested for its benefit for eye diseases like myopia, corneal opacity, and immature cataract, chronic and acute infective conditions. Modern clinical research has validated the benefit of Bibhitaki in respiratory conditions including asthma, documenting its antispasmodic, anti-cough and expectorant properties.  Due to its astringent taste its decoction is used to clean ulcer and as gargle for inflammatory conditions of oral cavity.

Although Triphala has a long history of use in India, it is a relatively new product in the West. To ensure the best effect with our product Sewanti Triphala plus, we have added two Ayurvedic herbs to the traditional formula  to make it better suited to western physiology and target Pitta imbalances including disorders of liver and gall bladder.

One such added herb is Bhumyamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri) is a relative of Amalaki. It is used in the treatment of hepatobiliary disorders including hepatitis, jaundice and gall bladder stones. In the formula it removes the calcification in bile duct.

The last herb in the formula is Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) or Licorice root is used to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated tissues and harmonize the actions of other ingredients in a formula.

In summary, the addition of these herbs adds to Triphala’s antioxidant effect, helping to scavenge free radicals and correct inflammation.

Neelam Toprani – CEO, Padmashri Naturals Inc. (Ayurvedic researcher and formulator Sewanti Ayurvedic Series)  ==>