All you need to know about Triphala

We hope that the information provided here answers many of your questions about Triphala. Please note however that we are not licensed medical doctors or Ayurvedic practioners, so you are using this information at your own risk.
If you don’t know whether Triphala is right for you, please consult an Ayurvedic practitioner who will determine the right course of treatment for your body.


What is Triphala?
Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb formula composed of the fruits of three trees (tri= three, phala=fruit): Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. It has been used for centuries to cure all sorts of health issues. It is not very well-known yet in the West but it should be because it is a truly miraculous cure with tons of uses and no dangerous side-effects, unlike many prescription drugs.

Triphala powder is made from these three fruits:

Amalaki, also called Indian gooseberry, is native to tropical southeastern Asia. Revered by the Hindus, it is said to cure almost any disease and to extend longevity. It contains 5 out of the 6 tastes recognized by Ayurveda (which is rare) and balances all three doshas. It rejuvenates and promotes longevity; enhances digestion, treats constipation, reduces fever, purifies the blood, reduces cough, alleviates asthma, strengthens the heart, benefits the eyes, stimulates hair growth, enlivens the body and enhances the intellect. 



How to take Triphala?
As a tea: For many people, this is the most effective way, though you have to get past the taste. But it’s worth it!

With honey

With ghee

Capsules: Some people never get past the taste of Triphala, and if you have a choice between taking it in capsule form and not taking it at all, then take the capsules.
Look for a brown bottle (why?). Cf. Banyan Botanicals.
Take capsules with hot water.


What’s better–capsules or tablets? Himalaya Triphala is a tablet, Banyan is a capsule. One Amazon review says the results are similar. Another says the capsules worked better for him than the tablets.
Take tablets with warm water?.

The best time of day to take Triphala?
Triphala should always be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1.5 hours after your last meal. Because it cleans and detoxifies the digestive system, drinking it after eating would disturb digestion and result in cramps.

The best time of day to take Triphala is the one prescribed to you by your Ayurvedic practioner. If you are taking Triphala of your own volition, I encourage you to experiment and see the effects of taking it at different times of the day on your body.

Triphala capsules: You can take these before dinner and have a bowel movement that evening or the next morning.

From my own experimenting, I have noticed that:
– When I take triphala in the evening before bed I sleep better. If I’ve eaten foods that I don’t tolerate or digest well, I find that the triphala reduces or eliminates the unpleasant symptoms caused by those foods. For example, it noticeably reduces the effects of gluten sensitivity. I don’t wake up foggy-brained.
– When I take triphala in the morning I have a bowel movement an hour later. The triphala seems to stimulate my digestive system and the BM happens effortlessly.
I’ve also read that taking Triphala in the evening is best if you are looking to detoxify your body and lose weight. Taking triphala in the morning acts more like a tonic, giving you energy.
I’ve also heard of people taking Triphala three times a day, between meals, in an effort to lose weight. That said, the traditional times to take triphala are morning and evening.

Is there a specific time to take triphala?
Every part of the body has its favorite time.

what is the best time of day to clean the digestive system?

How often to take Triphala?
Some recommend 3 times a day, but most often it’s morning and evening. But after trying that for a while you can experiment with it and see. Perhaps once a day is enough. Maybe even skipping a day is fine for you. Listen to your body and your intuition, as well as your Ayurvedic Practitioner!

Can you take triphala over the long term?
When to stop taking triphala?
You can know intuitively:

– you forget to take it for long periods of time

– or when it’s time to take it you have a slight feeling of repulsion (not because of the taste, but because of the idea of taking it)
This might be also because you are detoxing (ex: for me, it’s harder to take Triphala when I’m eating a lot of cheese; I should stop cheese and see if my body’s more willing to take the Triphala)

You can trust your intuition.
But what if your digestive issues are not solved?

Should you wean off Triphala?

What amount of Triphala is too much?

You can have an allergy to one of the fruits of triphala. Try taking the other two separately so you can still have some of the effects (like the laxative effects)

Some have reported negative side-effects: headache, heart pounding, chest pains. Not sure why.

The Benefits of Triphala

Sleeping better after taking Triphala at night? Many people report that they sleep better and wake up more rested after taking Triphala before bed. That has been my experience. My theory is that because Triphala cleans your digestive system, your body can spend more time resting rather than doing all the hard work itself. Especially if you have food sensitivities, your body does not have to work so hard to overcome them all night.
You sleep better, so you wake up more rested and therefore in a better mood.

Clears the digestive system. Good if you have diverticulosis.
Some people report a BM 30minutes after taking the capsules. For most people, they are assured a healthy BM in the morning.
For many, this is the only remedy for chronic constipation that works, with no side-effects.
Resolves IBS issues. For ex, ulcerative colitis (you can take your IBD inflammatory bowel disease drugs with it, no contra-indication).
If you need to take iron supplements and they are constipating, Triphala helps.
It’s a gentle laxative, so for most people their bowel movements will be healthy, not too watery but not hard and dry.
Good if you get constipated when traveling or stressed out. No side effects like regular laxatives (research short and long-term effects of Senna and other laxatives. Irritating to the colon, cannot be taken over the long term; cramping/pain).

Detox. Reduces ama/toxins.

Weight loss, especially visible in the stomach (perhaps due to less ama, bloating, reactions to foods).

May also reduce gas.

Reduces bloating.

Immune booster (also good when traveling).
Very high vitamin D.

Side effects of rebalancing the doshas.
Someone who is very constipated has too much dryness. Taking triphala helps moisten the system, and they may find that it improves their dry skin and hair, their body’s aches and pains (arthritis?).

Since it’s cleansing, there may be some unpleasant short-term effects if detox. For me: nausea.

Not addictive and no dangerous side effects. You can reduce or increase the dose as needed.

You get cleaned out and feel lighter and more energized as a result.

If you take it at night you have your BM in the morning before school or work, which is practical and healthy.

Digestion and Colon cleansing

So many people suffer from problems related to the colon (or large intestine): gas, bloating, constipation, extra weight around the midsection… Undigested food putrifies in the colon and leads to all sorts of diseases.
Triphala is a very easy way to clean out your colon.