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Triphala : Its Ingredients, Benefits And Dosage

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Triphala churan contains Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. It is considered a ‘tri-doshic rasayana’. One of the most popular Ayurvedic herbal remedies as it helps rectify constipation and bowel irregularity but is also something of a universal panacea for a wide range of complaints.

It helps cleanse the blood and detoxify the liver. As it possesses bitter anthraquinones which help stimulate bile flow and peristalsis. Triphala is a powerful tonic as it is high in vitamin C, linoleic oil, phospholipids and other important nutrients.

Triphala is rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and has anti-viral (HIV, AIDS, herpes etc) and anti-bacterial properties. It tonifies and protects the heart whilst also lowering blood pressure and reducing fat and cholesterol.

Triphala helps with the digestion and assimilation of food, improves blood circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties. It revitalizes the whole body by removing toxins, gas and distension whilst nourishing the nervous system.

Triphala is good for anemia, fatigue, candida, cancer, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, yeast infections, indigestion and skin disorders. It can be used for all eye diseases including conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, glaucoma and cataracts.

Traditionally triphala is taken as a churna or powder as the taste on the tongue is important to its action. Two or three grams of the powder can be taken daily with warm water for health maintenance (alternatively, 1g can be taken three times a day between meals).

Larger doses are more laxative whilst smaller doses are more gradually blood purifying. The dose taken should be increased or decreased according to the response of the bowels.

what are triphala Ingredients? How to make triphala? what are triphala fruits?

This triphala churna ingredients a mixture of dry fruits of Phyllanthu emblica, Terminalia bellirica and Terminalia chebula. Different opinions exist about the proportion of each fruit in the formulation of Triphala. The various views are as follows:

1 One part each of the three fruits, by weight.

2 One part T. chebula, two parts T. bellirica and three parts P. emblica, by weight.

3 One part T. chebula, two parts T. bellirica and four parts P. emblica, by weight.

4 One fruit of T. chebula, two of T. bellirica and four fruits of P. emblica, by number.

(This does not appear appropriate as the weight of individual fruit on the same tree varies and the resultant product based on the number of fruits cannot be of uniform quality).

How triphala Works and its Uses in Ayurveda

Triphala is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic preparations and a household name in India. It is a fine combination of three Rasayana fruits. Which interact and potentiate each other. As with the Ayurvedic concept, it destroys kapha and pitta. It is a laxative, digestive, carminative, good for eyes and gives relief in diabetes, leprosy and in chronic fevers. The other major uses of Triphala are

Triphala for arthritis

Boil 10 g Triphala in 200 ml of water until reduced to one-fourth and add one teaspoon of honey to this decoction. Drink this decoction twice daily, in the morning and evening. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and induces sleep.

Triphala as a blood purifier

For healthy skin and in diabetes:

Take 3 g Triphala, 3 g turmeric, and 6 g sugar. Drink this mixture with water for 60 days.

For chronic headaches

Take 30 g of Triphala and 10 g each of Swertia spp., turmeric, Azadirachta indica bark and Tinospora spp. Make a fine homogenous powder mixture. Then take 10 g of this powder. Boil it in 800 ml of water until reduced to 200 ml. Then strain and drink along with 10 g of Commiphora wightii gum.

In convalescence

Mix equal quantities of fine powders of Triphala, Withania somnifera, Glycyrrhiza glabra and Asparagus racemosus. The dose is 3 g with honey, before meals for 30–40 days.

For improving eyesight and coughs

Make an infusion of 10 g Triphala in 400 ml of water and keep overnight. In the morning filter the infusion and wash the eyes with it . Caution (it may cause irritation to eyes). Internally, take 10 g Triphala with one teaspoon of ghee.

Triphala For obesity

Regularly drink two teaspoons of honey with one teaspoon of Triphala and a glass of cold water.

Triphala For oral hygiene

As a tooth powder for dental cavities, spongy, bleeding gums and malodour, etc.

Make a fine powder by mixing Triphala, Acacia bark and Butea gum 50 g each, ginger and black pepper 10 g each, dehydrated alum (alum is heated to remove water until it swells). Followed by 10 g each common salt, turmeric, Cyperus scariosus, Embelia ribes, Azadirachta leaves and Quercus gall (20 g each).

Pass the powder through a sieve of 100 mesh or so, so that there are no coarse or gritty particles. Massage this powder on the gum, not on the teeth. Let the powder remain there for about 20 minutes. If there is an excess of saliva in the mouth. It should be spat out but water for gargling should not be used during the duration of treatment. The mouth may be rinsed afterwards.

(Note: this powder contains quite a number of astringent substances, some of them very rich in tannins, so the mouth may become very dry after its use in some cases.)

For premature grey hairs

Drink a mixture of two teaspoons of honey, half a teaspoon ghee along with one teaspoon of Triphala first thing in the morning, when stomach is empty.

For stomach troubles

For indigestion

A mixture of fine powders of Triphala 10 g, black salt 1 g, divided into three doses, is used three times a day.

As a laxative Boil 20 g Triphala in 400 ml of water until reduced to 100 ml. Add 10–20 ml of castor oil and drink before retiring. It is a very good colon cleanser.

For flatulence

Mix fine powders of Triphala 15 g, raw sugar 10 g, ginger 5 g, and take a dose of 5 g twice daily.

For loose motions with mucus

a) Take 3 g Triphala with honey or

b) a mixture of equal parts of Triphala, Cyperus scariosus, Aconitum heterophyllum.

Dose 3 g twice daily.

Avoid fried, spicy and hard-to-digest food items. (Note: A. heterophyllum is a nonpoisonous aconite, bitter in taste. It does not contain the toxic aconitine group of alkaloids. It is safe even for infants, to whom it is often prescribed as an antidote to poisons.)

Compound preparations of Triphala

Sooksham Triphala


Take 66.7 g of each

  1. T. bellirica,
  2. T. chebula,
  3. P. emblica
  4. Kajjali 10 g (made by triturating mercury 5 g, and sulphur 5 g).

Sooksham Triphala is used for the same purposes as Triphala but Kajjali is said to enhance its effect.

Mahatriphaladi Ghrit

Method :

Triphala powder 500 g, and 500 ml juice of each of Eclipta, Adhatoda vasica, P. emblica, Fumaria indica, Tinospora.

And then followed by goat milk 500 ml, ghee 500 g.

Separately take 15 g each of long pepper, sugar, black grapes, blue lotus flowers, Triphala, liquorice, Withania, Tinospora, and Solanum surattensis (S. xanthocarpum).

Boil Triphala (500 g) in 4 litres of water until reduced to half a litre. Followed by filter it and then add to it 15 g powder of each of nine herbs. Mix this decoction in ghee followed by juices and milk. Heat the whole mass until all the water evaporates and only fatty matter is left.

Dose: 5–10 g (1–2 teaspoons) twice daily with milk, sweetened with sugar.


Cleans the eye, restores eyesight, prevents formation of cataract and saves eyes from all types of diseases. It is alleged that regular use of this compound for 5–6 months can improve eyesight to such an extent that glasses may not be required.


Method :

Take 10 gm each of

  1. Liquorice,
  2. T. bellirica,
  3. T. chebula,
  4. P. emblica,
  5. Saussurea lappa,
  6. Turmeric,
  7. Berberis spp.,
  8. Picrorhiza kurroa,
  9. Embelia ribes,
  10. Piper longum,
  11. Cyperus scariosus,
  12. Citrullus colocynthis root,
  13. Withania somnifera,
  14. Acorus calamus,
  15. Hemidesmus indicus,
  16. Cryptolepis buchanani,
  17. Callicarpa macrophylla,
  18. Fennel,
  19. Asafoetida (fried),
  20. Alpinia galanga,
  21. Santalum album,
  22. Pterocarpus santalinus,
  23. Jasmine flower,
  24. Lotus flowers,
  25. Bamboo manna (silica),
  26. Celery,
  27. Baliospermum montanum

and sugar along with 600 g ghee, 250 ml cow’s milk and 250 ml water.

Make a paste from the powders of all the herbs with water and ghee, add milk and the remaining water. Heat until all the water evaporates. Strain the fatty matter through muslin cloth and preserve.

Dose: 5–10 g in the morning.


It is beneficial for sexual system of both males and females. It is particularly useful in infertility and threatened miscarriage. Couples desirous of a child should start this medication months before conception. The expectant mother should continue this during pregnancy. This treatment facilitates normal delivery and a healthy child.

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