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.
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
Sanskrit Shloka Verse
Synonyms and Dosage
Phala trika, Vara.
Trifla Churn, Triphala churan – this term is widely used in north India
Triphala choorna, Triphala churnam – these terms are famous in Kerala and Tamil Nadu
Baidyanath Triphala churn, SKM Siddha & Ayurveda Company manufactures Thiriphala Chooranam.
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.
With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic/modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then, after a gap of 15 – 30 minutes, take Ayurvedic medicine or as directed by the physician.
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
With supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
Side effects and Reference
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.
Triphala churna reference: Bhavaprakasha Nighantu, Haritakyadi Varga, 42,43
Reference of Thiriphala Chooranam: Siddha Vaidhiya Thirattu.
Normal Triphala vs. 1:2:3 or 1:2:4 Triphala
Triphala is a combination of tri = 3, phala = fruits
Haritaki – Chebulic myrobalan
Vibhitaki – Belleric myrobalan
Amalaki – Amla fruits
There is a default rule in Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing, which states that if in a composition, if the proportion of individual ingredients.
bhoge anukte tu sāmyaṃ syāt – Sharangdhara Samhita Poorvakhanda, 1st Chapter.
By this rule, if in a description if the word triphala is mentioned, without mentioning the proportions, then by default, it is to be understood as 1:1:1. All the ingredients are taken in equal quantities.
In the description of herbs Bhavaprakasha Nighantu is probably the most reputed textbook.
पथ्याबिभीतधात्रीणां फलैः स्यात्त्रिफला समैः |
फलत्रिकञ्च त्रिफला सा वरा च प्रकीर्तिता ||३९||
त्रिफला कफपित्तघ्नी मेहकुष्ठहरा सरा |
चक्षुष्या दीपनी रुच्या विषमज्वरनाशिनी ||४०||
pathyā bibhīta dhātrīṇāṃ phalaiḥ – Fruits of Haritaki, Vibhitaki and Amla
syāt triphalā – is called Triphala.
samaiḥ – Here, ingredients are taken in equal quantities.
phalatrikañca triphalā sā varā ca prakīrtitā – it is called Phalatrika, Vara (a great medicine)
triphalā kaphapittaghnī – Triphala balances Kapha and Pitta Doshas
meha – Useful in urinary disorders associated with frequent urination, Urinary tract infection, diabetes
kuṣṭhaharā – useful in skin diseases
sarā – enables easy movement of bowels and contents in all body channels
cakṣuṣyā – good for eyes
dīpanī – kindles digestion strength
rucyā – useful in anorexia
viṣamajvaranāśinī – useful in chronic recurrent fever.
This description by Acharya Bhavamishra, the author of Bhavaprakasha clearly says that the equal proportion of Triphala was most commonly used.
There are only solitary explanations of Triphala, where 1:2:3 or 1:2:4 proportions are mentioned.
This does not mean that an equal proportion combination is better than the 1:2:3 or 4.
In equal proportions, it is 33 %
In 1:2:3, it is 16.67%.
Out of the three components, Haritaki is more potent in easing the bowels.
So, if you have constipation, then equal quantity Triphala is better than 1:2:3.
If you do not have the constipation issue, then 1:2:3 is better.
Fat burning, cholesterol, obesity reduction, bloating, hoarseness of voice, urinary disorders, abdominal discomfort etc. In these conditions, equal quantity Triphala is better.
Triphala Churna – Ayurvedic Powder for Constipation and Digestive Problems
Hot vs. Cold:
Out of the three, the first 2 fruits are hot and amla is cold.
In 1:2:3, Amla is equal to the other 2 fruits.
So, 1:2:3 version is heat neutral, good for large masses.
Equal proportion Triphala is slightly hot, good for those seeking improvement in digestion, obesity, fever etc.
1:2:4 is colder. Good for those having burning sensation, gastritis etc.
Amla content is higher in 1:2:3 and 4.
So, if you want more amla fruits, vitamin C, anti oxidants and seeking improved hair quality, then 1:2:3 or 4 is better for you.
All in all, both have their own advantages and it is not fair to say that one is better than the other.
Triphala with milk
Triphala contains Amla fruit, which has sour taste. Sour tasting fruits along with milk is contra indicated as per Charaka Samhita, 27th Chapter.
It is also seen that Triphala, when added to milk, curdles it. Hence, Triphala, if taken along with milk can cause digestion weakness and bloating. Hence it is best to avoid milk with Triphala.
If you take Triphala, it is best to wait for at least 30-60 minutes before taking milk.
Shloka- Sanskrit verse
Presentation of Thiriphala Chooranam:
Pack of 100 g & 500 g
How to use Triphala for weight loss?
Triphala is very useful in the treatment of obesity.
1. Triphala is consumed in a dose of 1 teaspoon, 2 times a day, after food with a cup of water, for the purpose of weight loss.
2. Triphala is administered in a dose of 1 teaspoon mixed with a teaspoon of honey. This paste is swallowed with water, before or after food, once or two times a day.
How to use Triphala for Fistula problem?
Curing fistula just with Triphala cannot be guaranteed. However, symptoms can be improved.
Oral intake of 5 grams of Triphala – once or twice a day, after food for 1 month is useful in healing the fistula faster.
A big teaspoon of triphala is added to hot water. Or triphala is added to a bucket of water, heated. This water is used for sitz bath to relieve pus formation.
Making Triphala Kashaya from Choorna
SKM Thiriphala Chooranam
Indications of Thiriphala Chooranam as per SKM Company:
- l [constipation] Malachikka
- [cough/bronchitis] Irumal
- [stomatitis] Vaippum
- [conjunctivitis]. Neerum peelaiyum vadiyum kannoi
- It allays the severity of diabetes mellitus.
- It allays the severity of diabetes mellitus.
- Used as a general tonic especially for eyes with equal quantities of honey or ghee.
Triphala with licorice
Under what circumstances Triphala can be administered with licorice?
Answer by Dr JV Hebbar
Triphala and licorice compliment each other very well. When they are used together, they fill the mutual void.
They are useful together,
a. To target common organs of both the herbs, more efficiently – eyes, hair, stomach, intestines, heart, cholesterol, anti aging rejuvenation.
b. To counter slightly hot net effect of triphala with coldness of yashtimadhu. c. Licorice is told as unctuous by Bhavaprakasha. Net effect of triphala is slightly drying, mainly due to astringent taste of Triphala.
d. Triphala is tridoshahara bor more targeted on kapha and Pitta. Licorice being sweet, brings in the vatahara effect to the equation.
e. Triphala with licorice is especially good for eyes. These two, along with Iron calx (Loha bhasma), honey and ghee are made into a medicine called Saptamrita lauha, which is used for the treatment of a variety of eye disorders.
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
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
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
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 – 4
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).
3 Ayurvedic Eye Discharge Remedies With Triphala
Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Master Sushruta explains that there are four types of eye discharges, called Netra srava.
- Purulent eye discharges (Puya Srava)
- Mucus eye discharges (Shleshma Srava or Kaphaja Srava)
- Blood or blood mixed eye discharges (Raktaja Srava)
- Watery eye discharges of different colors (Pittaja Srava)
These secretions occur in the inner canthus (inner eye angle).
Effective treatments for in Yoga Ratnakara treatise
Principles behind eye discharge remedies –
These formulations are prepared using herbs which have the below mentioned properties –
Shoshaka (drying) properties
Rasayana effect (rejuvenating, immune modulating)
Therefore these formulations are used to treat netra sravas and to stop the discharges effectively. Even difficult and chronic cases of netra srava were treated using these formulations comprehensively.
Triphala, Jamun, Rasanjana (extract of Berberis aristata), mango and cotton fruit – all have absorbing and drying properties. They arrest excessive discharges and dry up small amount of discharges. Triphala and Pippali are the best Rasayanas for the eye.
Siravedha or venesection (a form of raktamokshana or bloodletting) is also advised in Netrasrava.
Use of Triphala tea (Kwatha)
Decoction of Triphala (fruits of Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellirica and Emblica officinalis should be skillfully used to treat the netra sravas.
- In eye discharge due to Kapha(Kaphaja Srava) – Triphala Kwatha should be administered mixed with honey.
- In eye discharge due to blood vitiation and Pitta – Triphala Kwatha should be used mixed with ghrita or ghee.
- In eye discharge due to Kapha (Kaphaja Srava) – Triphala Kwatha should be used mixed with long pepper.
Along with these recipes according to the doshas, Sira Vedha or venesection (a form of bloodletting in which the veins around the affected area are cut to let off the contaminated blood) should be performed.
Read related: How To Prepare Triphala Kwath
Collyrium wicks (Anjana Varti) prepared with Triphala is useful as collyrium to relieve discharge. This is useful because of astringent principles.
Seed pulps of the fruits of Haritaki, Bibhitaki and Amalaki are taken in the ration of 3:2:1. They are rubbed in water and wick is prepared (varti). This varti or wick is used to as collyrium in netra sravas.
This is said to arrest even the most stubborn, difficult and chronic discharges occurring from the eyes.