Triphla, again with many spellings, is another of the most common formulas in Ayurvedic medicine. So much emphasis is placed on digestion and so what comes in must come out. And triphla is one of the safest ways of ensuring that it does indeed come out.
It is cleansing as well as being a rasayana, normalising the doshic processes in the body to improve digestion and absorption, and in turn strengthening the deeper tissues. It is tridoshic and nutritive, as well as expelling ama. Most laxatives, which are pungent, aggravate pita, often the cause of constipation in the first place. Triphla will keep all doshas in check, and in combination with an anti-ama diet over a period of time can result in excellent cleansing and rejuvination. It can also be taken as a preventative measure and is non habit forming so can be used safely long term.
Triphla means three fruits, and strangely enough it is made of three fruits. Amla (one of Ayurveda's most sacred foods), haritaki, and bibhitaki. But don't expect some fruits of the forest cough syrup flavour. Triphla tastes absolutely revolting. There's no denying it. And whilst you can mask it, by taking it in tablet form, I am a purist. Taste is the tongues way of preparing the stomach for what's coming. If you can stand the taste your body will know better what to do with the medicine.
Whils most doctors recomend a dosage of between half and two teaspoons, my experience is that less is more. Triphla is regulating, more will treat constipation and less will treat diarrhea. I take a pinch mixed in warm water at night last thing before going to bed. I take it on nights when I know I have eaten badly that day, or if I have an early start the next morning which will disrupt my regular routine. Take the right amount so that you go to the toilet normally upon waking.