‘Abhaya’ or Terminalia chebula is one of ‘Triphala’, the group of three berries indispensable in the manufacture of Ayurvedic medicines. The term ‘Abhaya’ means ‘that which gives refuge’. True to its name, the drug in its many combinations gives the user refuge from a horde of diseases arising from a weak ‘Jatharagni’.
‘Agni’ or the agency responsible for digestion and metabolism is central to the concept of health and disease in Ayurveda. Abhayarishta is a potent yet simple combination that keeps this ‘agni’ or digestive fire alive and burning bright in the body.