According to the Ayurvedic tradition, Triphala has the properties to treat an almost encyclopedic range of health conditions. Some of this is attributed to Triphala’s laxative effect, which proponents suggest can “cleanse the system.” Depending on how much is prescribed, Triphala may be used as bowel tonic at lower doses, alleviating gas and promoting digestion, or as a purgative (strong laxative) at higher doses.
Beyond its effect on the gastrointestinal tract, Triphala is believed to relieve stress, control diabetes, promote weight loss, reduce cholesterol, alleviate inflammation, and treat a variety of bacterial and fungal infections.
To date, there is little research that strongly supports these claims, mainly because the studies that have been done were small or poorly designed. With that being said, there have been some promising findings in recent years that warrant further investigation.