Indigo Herbs is proud to bring you another organic, famous and widely effective Ayurvedic ingredient that has been in use in India for thousands of years. This certified Organic Triphala Powder comes to you as some of the best Ayurvedic ingredients available. Joining the long standing and vast tradition of Ayurvedic medicine Indigo Herbs Organic Triphala Powder will be a great addition to your daily dietary supplements.
So what is Triphala? The name roughly translates from the Sanskrit as 'Three fruits' which points to the three equal constituents that make up this powder. These three are Amalaki (sometimes called Amla or Indian Gooseberry), Bibhitaki (sometimes called Beleric) and Haritaki (sometimes called Black Myrobalan ). The Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica) fruit is extremely rich in vitamin C, having 20 times more than an orange and can be stored over long periods because of the high content of tannins. It is considered in Hinduism to be a divine fruit originating from drops of 'Amrit' (the drink of immortality) that fell from heaven. According to the Ayruveda Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) is astringent, sweet in flavour with pungent undertones and has many qualities associated with cleansing. Haritaki is bitter in flavour and is considered sacred in Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet because of its depiction in the hands of the Medicine Buddha (Bhaisajyaguru). All three of these fruits have many applications which is why Triphala is considered a Rasayana ('life giving') tonic in Ayruvedic medicine.
Triphala's oldest historical reference is to be found in the Sushrut Samhitas, which originate from about 1500 BC. Later in the first century AD, it was mentioned by a famous Ayurvedic physician to the King of the Kushan Empire (modern day Kashmir) called Charka. Charka prepared Triphala for the King who, as a result, lived to the ripe old age of 100. Indeed other references from this time indicate that Triphala was at that time a household name.