Triphala – an ancient medicine

Triphala is a mixture from Ayurvedic medicine has been mentioned in context of reducing high Streptococcus [2017] as well as in a patient report. It is cheap ($22 for 454gm/ 1 pound on Amazon — Organic)) and traditionally taken as a tea (a bit bitter – but tolerable). It was used since the Roman Period in the west [2015]

It contains equal parts of three herbs:

On pubmed,

I have taken to adding some to tea regularly and several people have been impressed by changes it has made.

So what do we know about each?

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)


Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

  • “The highest antibacterial potentiality was exhibited by the methanolic leaf extract of T. chebula, followed by the aqueous fruit extract of T. bellerica. The leaf extract of T. chebula can be considered to be as equally potent as the most effective antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin, gentamycin, kanamycin, ofloxacin and cephalexin.” [2008]

See this prior post.

THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE — this post is an education summary of what has been reported on PubMed. Always consult with a knowledgeable medical professional before changing diet, supplements and prescription drugs.