Triphala Churna – Benefits, Ingredients, Dose, Side Effects, How To Take

Triphala churna is one of the most famous and widely used Ayurvedic product. It comes in herbal powder form. Tri means three, Phala means fruit. It is made of three fruits. 

Triphala Churna benefits 

Triphala benefits: 

  • Triphala is a powerful source of anti oxidants.
  • It helps to calm Kapha and Pitta
  • It is used regularly in patients having pre diabetes.
  • It is also used in the treatment for diabetes, due to its rich anti oxidant property.
  • Water decoction  /  Kashaya prepared with Triphala powder is used to treat  non healing wounds. learn how to prepare triphala kashaya
  • It is extremely beneficial in skin diseases
  • It is good for improving eye sight and to treat computer vision syndrome
  • It helps to improve taste
  • It is also used in the treatment of chronic fever.
  • Triphala churna is useful to relieve laziness.
  • Triphala weight loss – It is also used in the treatment of obesity.

Phala trika, Vara.
Triphala churan – this term is widely used in north India
Triphala choorna, Triphala churnam – these terms are famous in Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Triphala Choornam

Triphala Dosage
Triphala churna dosage is – 1 – 3 grams with honey, ghee or warm water, before food.
Triphala tablet – 1 – 2 tablets – once or twice a day, usually before food.
Triphala capsule – 1 – 2 capsule – once or twice a day, usually before food.

If you are taking Triphala to improve taste, or to treat oral ulcers, then it makes sense to take it in churna (powder) form. For any other purpose, it can be taken in tablet or capsule form.

Triphala ingredients: 
it is made of three fruits. The dry powder of fruit rind of these three fruits are mixed in equal proportions.

  • Amla – Emblica officinalis – Indian gooseberry
  • Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – Chebulic Myrobalan
  • Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica – Belleric Myrobalan

Triphala side effects: 
These are the side effects reported by my clients so far.
Burning sensation in the body. (patient was having sensitive stomach).
Triphala capsule – Increased dryness
Lack of sleep.

It is used as a daily tonic by many, due to its rich anti oxidant activity. People with diabetes need to inform doctor, if they are taking Triphala choornam.

Where to buy? 
aff – Amazon website link – Triphala in powder, capsule and tablet forms
Triphala churna reference: Bhavaprakasha Nighantu, Haritakyadi Varga, 42,43

Q: In your Article on ‘Hareetaki’  it is given that it has five tastes including its seed kernel and seed.Because of all these Rasas it is said to Balance Tridoshas.
Does Triphala churnam contain the seed and its kernel powder also? It hasnot been specified whether it is ‘Ushna’ or ‘Sheeta’ herb?

Usually only the fruit rinds of Haritaki, Vibhitaki and Amla are used in Triphala. But yet, it balances all the three Doshas.

When it comes to Ushna (hot) or Sheet (cold) – Amla is mildly cold, Haritaki and Vibhitaki are slightly hot. So, overall effect of Triphala is hot.

Q: I would really appreciate if you can advice, how do I take Triphala daily basis, i want to loose my weight, i searched on the web and it is said that we have to take it with honey or lemon, cant i just take with normal water in the night before sleep? or in the early morning??
You can take it – one teaspoon with normal water, at night, bed time. Just take the Triphala into your mouth and swallow it with water. You can take it for 3 months.
Is it necessary to take the churna directly in mouth? if yes then why?
Not very necessarily. It is left to your comfort. Some people mix it with water and drink it or if it is advised with honey, they make a paste of it with honey. The point is, it has to enter your stomach. :) The choice of co-drink – warm water, honey etc, is left to your doctor’s choice.

Can I eat triphala churan with honey?
Yes, if you aren’t diabetic. It is good for eyes. 

I have seen many says that it helps to lower cholesterol levels, is that so? If yes then for what period one should take it.? Also, I have seen a study where it shows Triphala churna has its own side effects, interesting a website states that it may cause “gastrointestinal problems such as gas, upset stomach and diarrhea” What do you say about this? If the study is not true then can I take Triphala churna as general medicine for improving over all health and lower my cholesterol levels?
Triphala churna helps in weight loss and also to lower cholesterol. It can be used for a long period of time. (4 – 6 months), except for pregnant and lactating mothers.
It does not cause gas or stomach upset. But in some people with very sensitive stomach, it may cause loose stools. (it cannot be called as diarrhoea.)
You can take Triphala Choorna to lower your cholesterol.

Is it okay to buy Trifla with any well known company?
All the three ingredients are very cheap and hence, usually there is no admixture done. Hence, it is safe to buy Triphala from any well known company

Other than the digestive tract, which dhatus does Triphala help to remove toxins from?
Triphala has its effects on Gastro intestinal tract, liver, spleen, eyes, circulatory system (heart and blood vessels) and immune system.

What are some good ways for thin people to take triphala long term?
Because Triphala is cleansing (Shodhana) in nature, it is not usually recommended for thin people. However a think adult can take half a teaspoon of Triphala along with a teaspoon of ghee at night. The nourishing qualities of ghee would negotiate the cleansing effect of Triphala.
Trifala and ghee can be made into paste form and can be swallowed in with half a cup of lukewarm water.

How to take Triphala Rasayan – Triphala for anti aging benefits:
Source: Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 1.3

Triphala Rasayana:
जरणान्तेऽभयामेकां प्राग्भुक्ताद् द्वे बिभीतके|
भुक्त्वा तु मधुसर्पिर्भ्यां चत्वार्यामलकानि च||४१||
प्रयोजयन् समामेकां त्रिफलाया रसायनम्|
जीवेद्वर्षशतं पूर्णमजरोऽव्याधिरेव च||४२||
(इति त्रिफलारसायनम्)|
jaraṇānte’bhayāmekāṃ prāgbhuktād dve bibhītake|
bhuktvā tu madhusarpirbhyāṃ catvāryāmalakāni ca||41||
prayojayan samāmekāṃ triphalāyā rasāyanam|
jīvedvarṣaśataṃ pūrṇamajaro’vyādhireva ca||42||
(iti triphalārasāyanam)|

The following are the four rejuvenating recipes of Triphala
1. Along with honey and ghee, a person should take the following after the previous meal is digested (i.e., early morning)
1 Abhaya – Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
2 Bibhitaki fruits before food (Terminalia bellirica) and
4 Amalaki fruits  after food.

Duration:  One year
Benefits: A person lives for one hundred years free from old age and diseases.

Triphal Rasayan – 2
त्रैफलेनायसीं पात्रीं कल्केनालेपयेन्नवाम्|
तमहोरात्रिकं लेपं पिबेत् क्षौद्रोदकाप्लुतम्||४३||
प्रभूतस्नेहमशनं जीर्णे तत्र प्रशस्यते|
अजरोऽरुक् समाभ्यासाज्जीवेच्चैव समाः शतम्||४४||
(इति त्रिफलारसायनमपरम्)|
traiphalenāyasīṃ pātrīṃ kalkenālepayennavām|
tamahorātrikaṃ lepaṃ pibet kṣaudrodakāplutam||43||
prabhūtasnehamaśanaṃ jīrṇe tatra praśasyate|
ajaro’ruk samābhyāsājjīveccaiva samāḥ śatam||44||
(iti triphalārasāyanamaparam)

Triphal Rasayan – 2
A new iron vessel should be pasted with the Triphala paste (Kalka) for 24 hours.
This paste is administered with honey and water.
After its digestion, one should take a lot of fat (Prabhuta Sneha Ashanam)
By using this recipe continually for one year, one can live for one hundred years, free from ageing and diseases.

Triphala Rasayanam – 3
मधुकेन तुगाक्षीर्या पिप्पल्या क्षौद्रसर्पिषा|
त्रिफला सितया चापि युक्ता सिद्धं रसायनम्||४५||
(इति त्रिफलारसायनमपरम्)|
madhukena tugākṣīryā pippalyā kṣaudrasarpiṣā|
triphalā sitayā cāpi yuktā siddhaṃ rasāyanam||45||
(iti triphalārasāyanamaparam)|

Triphala mixed with

  • Madhuka – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra,
  • Tugaksheeri
  • Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum ,
  • Honey, Ghee and Sugar, is an effective anti ageing recipe.

Triphala Rasayanam – 3
सर्वलौहैः सुवर्णेन वचया मधुसर्पिषा|
विडङ्गपिप्पलीभ्यां च त्रिफला लवणेन च||४६||
संवत्सरप्रयोगेण मेधास्मृतिबलप्रदा|
भवत्यायुःप्रदा धन्या जरारोगनिबर्हणी||४७||
(इति त्रिफलारसायनमपरम्)|
sarvalauhaiḥ suvarṇena vacayā madhusarpiṣā|
viḍaṅgapippalībhyāṃ ca triphalā lavaṇena ca||46||
saṃvatsaraprayogeṇa medhāsmṛtibalapradā|
bhavatyāyuḥpradā dhanyā jarāroganibarhaṇī||47||
(iti triphalārasāyanamaparam)|

Triphala along with

  • Sarva Lauha,
  • Suvarna (gold)
  • Vacha – Acorus calamus
  • honey, Ghee
  • Vidanga – False black pepper – Embelia ribes,
  • Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum and
  • Lavana – Rock salt

The above mixture is administered continually for one year.
It is conducive to the advancement of

  • Medha – intellect
  • Smrti – memory
  • Bala – Strength
  • Ayus – longevity and
  • Dhana – wealth.

It prevents ageing and diseases [41-47]

Research on usage of Triphala Churna for weight loss:
As per an experimental study conducted on effect of Triphala and its constituents on ameliorate visceral adiposity from a high-fat diet in mice with diet-induced obesity, conducted by Gurjar S, Pal A, Kapur S, the following conclusion was drawn –
The research team’s results showed that mice fed a High fat diet for 10-week period, supplemented with herbal preparation(s) of triphala or its constituents, resulted in significant reductions in body weight (P < .0001), energy intake, and percentage of body fat (P < .001), Herbal treatment significantly improved the lipid profiles of the mice by lowering serum total cholesterol (Total-C), TG, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C).

Triphala for hemorrhoids:
Triphala is administered along with buttermilk for the treatment of hemorrhoids (Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 14th chapter).

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. my forehead is very dark compare to my face.. used rakthachandanam but didnt wok..pleas reply

  2. Is it necessary to take the churna directly in mouth? if yes then why

    • Not very necessarily. It is left to your comfort. Some people mix it with water and drink it or if it is advised with honey, they make a paste of it with honey. The point is, it has to enter your stomach. :)
      The choice of co-drink – warm water, honey etc, is left to your doctor’s choice.

  3. Dhakshayani.k says:

    hello doctor is there any aryu medicine for snoring

  4. Dhakshayani.k says:

    if i apply kumkumadi thailam everyday will i be fairer, in what propotion i should use and when i have pimple marks more and dull face
    so can you please suggest me any medicine

  5. Hello Doctor. First of all thank you very much for answering the questions patiently.
    My problem is my bowel do not empty completely. In morning before going to toilet i drink glass of water and do little kapalbaati pranyam. It helps. But I always have a feeling that i have to still go and sometimes in the morning itself after having breakfast i have to go again. There is some mucus also in the stool.

    I go atleast 2 – 3 times daily for BIG toilet but the feeling still remains that my bowel have not been emptied. This is very annoying feeling.

    Any suggestions would be great help,

    Thank you very much in advance

  6. hello, i am 90 kg and 20 years old.please please tell me how to reduce weight.i tried many things but didnt work out.please help out.

  7. Hello Doc! my face colour is quiet different from my body colour i guess this is due to tanning!.. i play very much in sun…. i want to get my original colour back! please help me ! i was born fair but due to playing a lot in sun i lost my fairness a bit.. ! please help Doctor !!

  8. anushka says:

    please inform what is the best to increase the sperm count already taking ashwagandha 1 tsp in morning and 1 tsp at night with warm milk.

    • Hi, first the cause for low sperm count needs to be ruled out. If there is any structural issues, Ayurveda is of less help. I suggest you to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

  9. rahul verma says:

    hello doc i had been using using triphla churna since last 4 years..i found it temporary treatment of problem is still there..plz advice me something

  10. Hi doctor,
    am 25yrs married, have pcos for the last 3yrs and had an abortion last month. weight gain bcoz of pcos and abortion. can i take triphala and pls tell me about the dosage.

    • Dear Anu, if you have pcos, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly, rather than trying with Triphala. There are better medicines.
      General dose for Triphala Churna is – 1 teaspoon 2 times a day with water / honey / ghee.
      Milk should not be consumed just before or after Triphala consumption.

  11. Is it because of its colon cleansing action that Triphala helps to improve taste?

  12. hi, doctor i am 29year old. married, not conceiving, always suffering from its safe to take triphala daily. for how long i can take it?

    • You can take Triphala as a general remedy for constipation. But it is not a complete medicine to help in conceiving. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor for proper advice. As a general daily remedy, you can take Triphala.

  13. Sir, triphala is famous for colon cleansing that’s why i started taking it because i don’t get proper pressure in the morning. So, when i take it with water, my problem is solved BUT when i take it with honey (as it was said by you that it can be consumed by honey too), it does not help at all! Only when i mix it with water and take it, then only it helps me, otherwise, it does not WHY? I chose honey because i could not tolerate its taste but now its not proving helpful. :(

  14. hello doctor,

    I have stomach acidity problems and I was thinking to use the triphala powder.when should I take it? before dinner or after dinner?

  15. Thank you very much doctor. It is very interesting to read the queries and the answers given by you. My problem is gas formation and some times it is more and some times it is less and purging embarrasses me. Normally it is not with any foul smell. I need your advice on this problem. Is it a fact that the gas problem will also lead to increase in body weight. Recently I have started to take triphala churna thrice in a week with water after food in the night. I find it useful in relieving constipation. I am 69 years old.

  16. Sudhakar says:

    Hello Doctor, Greetings! I shall be grateful if you write something about Ritu Triphala i.e.
    consuming triphala along with jaggery from 14th may to 13th july, with saindev salt from 14th july to 13th september with desi khand from 14th sept to 13 nov, with saunt (dried ginger powder) from 14th nov to 13th jan, with pipal (lendi) churna from 14th jan to 12th march and lastly with honey from 14th march to 13th may. Consuming in this way upto 12 years is reputed to give you umpteen benefits. How far this is true??? The above details from the hindi book Swadeshi Chikitsa Saar by Dr. Ajit Mehta.

    • Hi, it is beneficial.

    • Triphala powder/tablets or capsules should be taken with warm water after dinner to treat indigestion, constipation and host of stomach disorders. Triphala is mild laxative and safe for prolonged use. It is the herb Haritaki that should be taken along with six items in the interval of two months each and not Triphala.

  17. Hi doc..can I use bruhuth triphala churan for weight loss.. wat shd be d dosage.

  18. shruthi says:

    hello doc, namaskar

    i am 20 yr old female weighing 95kg. I trying to loose weight for long time now. notinh seems to help. recently i came to know about Triphala churna and guggul.
    Can u suggest me how and what dosage to take it.

    I would really appreciate any other tips for loosing weight.

    Can i use kukumadi tailam daily for reduing tanning and pimple marks on face and neck?


  19. Does people wth Sero Negative Arthritis use Triphala?

  20. Is there any remedy for mild ichthyosis. More info here

  21. Thank u Dr ,very useful information

  22. Triphla is best before or after food. I am thin vata. What time of day is best. Thanks

    • Triphala is not suited for you.

      • Monique says:

        Hi Dr, what is the dfifference between triphala and triphala churna?? Not suited for me? I have been taking Triphala capsules 2x a day for 6 months now, as suggested by my ayurvedic doctor. Now I am confused. I read that people use to lose weight, I still have not gained weight. I now weight 96 lbs. I need help. Thanks

  23. Triphala powder is good for strong hair roots?regrow new hairs ?turn white hair in to black. thanks

  24. Dear Doctor, since 8 to 10 years, I have severe itching and acne on scalp (diagnosed as acne miliaris). I took allopathic medicine and it works but it should be taken for months together and hence has lot of side effects. Later I consulted lot of ayurvedic specialists but condition did not resolve. The last doctor suggested me to apply ‘triphala’ on scalp and take bath every day. It gives me immense relief. But few hours after taking bath, the problem again starts. Later I started applying triphala even after bath and leave it on scalp the whole day. This is really working great and for the first time in 8 years, I’m free of intense itch and acne. But I’m only free of symptoms as long as triphala is there on my scalp. I wanted to know if there are any side effects applying triphala 24 hours- 365 days. I’m really happy with it and I have been using it since almost a year without any side effects. your advice would be valuable.
    Also please let me know if there is any other better churna to apply for scalp (none of the thailams are working, in fact its worsening). Thank you.

  25. I am nursing mother of three month old child ,I am 29 years old ,84kg weight .can I take triphala choornam for constipation and weight loss

  26. Narayanan says:

    There is a general belief that ghee and honey, if taken together, is toxic. Is it true? Kindly enlighten.

  27. anonymous says:

    I want to know that, can warm nature people also use triphala???…bcoz triphala has hot nature…plz reply

    • Hi, thanks for a very good question. Haritaki and Vibhitaki are having Ushnaveerya – hot potency. Amla is coolant.
      So, overall effect of Triphala is slightly hot. But it is not as hot as – say, ginger or long pepper that warm nature people should avoid it.
      Warm nature people (Pitta dominant) can tolerate Triphala very well.

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