Dr. Jategaonkar, MD (Ayu) and MA Sanskrit, comes from a well known family from Pune, which is dedicated to Ayurveda. Both parents have been Ayurveda doctors for over 30 years. Dr. Jategaonkar learned Ayurveda in the traditional way from his father who is a student of the late Vaidya Ashok S. Bhat - a great personality in the field of Nadi (Pulse) testing. His final thesis on MD Ayurveda treats Triphala as a research topic. The work contains one of the largest compilations of references about Triphala not only from the Ayurvedic literature but also from almost all other Sanskrit texts from Vedas and Puranas. Currently Dr. Jategaonkar is practicing Ayurveda in three clinics in Pune.
There are a number of herbal combinations used in clinical practice of Ayurveda for hundreds of years in India. Every Vaidya uses comparatively few of them in his clinic throughout his life but there is one most common combination without which no Ayurvedic clinic is complete - it is Triphala. Triphala is a mixture of three fruits - Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Biibheetak (Terminalia bellirica) and Amalaki (Amla or Emblica officinalis). The topic of my research was Triphala for which I compiled almost all of its references (quotations) from ancient Sanskrit texts and Ayurveda literature. In this lecture we will explore together this combination and its huge scope. The goal is to enlighten everyone about uses of Triphala beyond just being a laxative. We will cover all therapeutic benefits with everyday uses of Triphala.