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 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.
Triphala for IBS C:
Triphala churna is very useful in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome associated with constipation. Haritaki is very good in easing bowel movements.
Vibhitaki helps to improve digestion strength and
Amla balances Pitta.
For the treatment of IBS C, usually Triphala churna is administered in a dose of 1 teaspoon at night, before food with water. Even a dose of 2 teaspoon per day (1 teaspoon twice a day) can be administered if the constipation is severe.
Triphala along with other medicines such as Indukanta ghrita, Kashaya, Manasamitra vatakam etc are administered together to treat IBS C.
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 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.
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
जरणान्तेऽभयामेकां प्राग्भुक्ताद् द्वे बिभीतके|
भुक्त्वा तु मधुसर्पिर्भ्यां चत्वार्यामलकानि च||४१||
प्रयोजयन् समामेकां त्रिफलाया रसायनम्|
जीवेद्वर्षशतं पूर्णमजरोऽव्याधिरेव च||४२||
jaraṇānte’bhayāmekāṃ prāgbhuktād dve bibhītake|
bhuktvā tu madhusarpirbhyāṃ catvāryāmalakāni ca||41||
prayojayan samāmekāṃ triphalāyā rasāyanam|
jīvedvarṣaśataṃ pūrṇamajaro’vyādhireva ca||42||
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||
traiphalenāyasīṃ pātrīṃ kalkenālepayennavām|
tamahorātrikaṃ lepaṃ pibet kṣaudrodakāplutam||43||
prabhūtasnehamaśanaṃ jīrṇe tatra praśasyate|
ajaro’ruk samābhyāsājjīveccaiva samāḥ śatam||44||
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||
madhukena tugākṣīryā pippalyā kṣaudrasarpiṣā|
triphalā sitayā cāpi yuktā siddhaṃ rasāyanam||45||
Triphala mixed with
- Madhuka – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra,
- 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||
भवत्यायुःप्रदा धन्या जरारोगनिबर्हणी||४७||
sarvalauhaiḥ suvarṇena vacayā madhusarpiṣā|
viḍaṅgapippalībhyāṃ ca triphalā lavaṇena ca||46||
bhavatyāyuḥpradā dhanyā jarāroganibarhaṇī||47||
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).
About Triphala with 1:2:4 combination of ingredients:
Usually Triphala is – all the three in equal parts.
some sell it with 1:2:4 (Haritaki, Vibhitaki, Amla) based on some rare traditional references. The difference is – the amount of Amalaki is more in the 1:2:4 combination and
a. it is ideal for those who have diarrhea and who do not wish to have the laxative effect and
b. it is ideal for those having high Pitta. The excess of Amla, being coolant, nullifies the hotness of haritaki and Vibhitaki. So, Triphala is such is slightly hot. But 1:2:4 Triphala is quite heat neutral.