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A Balancing formula for detoxification and rejuvenation.

Literally meaning “three fruits”, Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation consisting of three fruits native to the Indian subcontinent: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

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Benefits of Triphala
  • Assists natural internal cleansing*
  • Gently maintains regularity*
  • Nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues*
  • Supports healthy digestion and absorption*
  • Natural antioxidant*
Triphala is most commonly known for its use as a gentle bowel tonic, helpful in digestion and supporting regular bowel movements. The combination of the three fruits has a synergistic effect to bolster many other systems as well. In addition to the GI tract, Ayurveda uses Triphala to support healthy respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, reproductive, and nervous systems (1). Triphala has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals (2,3). The three fruits involved in making Triphala are also known for their individual effects (1):
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis): Has a cooling effect that manages pitta, supporting the natural functions of the liver and the immune system.
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica): Particularly good for kapha, supporting the respiratory system as well as kapha accumulations in all systems.
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Though having a heating nature, it is still good for all three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). Is known for its “scraping” effect, which removes toxins and helps maintain healthy levels of weight.
Triphala and Weight Loss

In conditions of excess weight, Triphala can be used as part of a weight loss program that includes a healthy diet and exercise. Proper digestion and elimination are important factors in achieving long term success in maintaining an optimal body weight. Triphala also promotes healthy eating habits and cravings by supplying the body with the full spectrum of natural tastes. By promoting healthy absorption and assimilation of nutrients, Triphala keeps the body feeling properly nourished and balanced.

The 3 Fruits in Triphala Triphala and Ayurveda: Traditional Uses Triphala is recommended and used more often than any other Ayurvedic herbal formulation. It is popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it. In Ayurvedic terms, Triphala, used in moderation, is said to have a beneficial effect on all three doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha. It is most well-known for its gentle effects on the bowels, improving peristalsis and cleansing toxic build up of wastes; but Ayurveda also views Triphala as a nourishing supplement known for its ability to rejuvenate healthy tissues, allowing one to age gracefully.
  • The Caraka Samhita, one of the main texts of Ayurveda, describes Haritaki as the remover of disease and promotes Haritaki and Amalaki for rasāyana, or rejuvenation of the body (1,11, 12).
  • Triphala is also traditionally used as a tonic in hair and eye washes.
  • For those with sluggish digestion and build up of ama, triphala is said to kindle the digestive fire (deepana) and help improve digestion (pachana), allowing one to get the most nutrition from one’s dietary intake (1).
  • Culturally, Haritaki is given the highest respect for restoring health. The Medicine Buddha is often depicted with a haritaki held in his hand. (1). It is said to give the blessing of long life, and along with amalaki and bibhitaki, will nurture you like a mother (13).
How to use Triphala Triphala Tea The traditional way of ingesting triphala is as a tea. This method allows one to taste the herb fully, and taste is considered by Ayurveda to be an important part of the healing process. Taste starts the digestive process, and sends signals to the body as to what to expect, already initiating your body’s own inner pharmacy. To take triphala as a tea, make a decoction by adding ½ teaspoon of triphala powder to a cup of hot water. Stir and allow the tea to cool and drink. Triphala contains five of the six tastes recognized in Ayurveda (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent), only missing the salty taste. Perhaps because the Western diet is so lacking in bitter and astringent, these are the two most prominent tastes for most people, which can make drinking the tea somewhat unpleasant initially. Over time, as the system becomes more balanced, it is not uncommon for the taste one perceives to evolve into a sweet experience. Triphala is usually taken on an empty stomach, most commonly in the evening before bed. Some prefer to take it first thing in the morning, especially if taking it at bedtime makes one urinate at night. Triphala tablets A common amount to take would be two tablets (1000 mgs) before bed or upon rising in the morning. This can be a more convenient method, especially for those that travel a lot, have a shortage of time, or do not like the taste of Triphala tea. Many Ayurvedic practitioners prefer to give their patients tablets over capsules as there is still some mild tasting of the herb that occurs, sending signals to the digestive system, as explained above in the Triphala Tea section. Check out our slidecast on how to make Triphala Tea Modern Research Studies have shown that Triphala supports not only the GI system, but also bolsters a healthy immune and cardiovascular system (7). It positively affects normal cell life cycles (4) and promotes healthy lipid and cholesterol levels (5). Triphala has also been shown to have powerful antioxidant effects, protecting cells from the damage of free radicals (2,3). The result is thought to be largely related to the Vitamin C content of the amalaki (7,9,10, 14), believed to be one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C in any food (1). Other research shows that the Vitamin C may have been misidentified, and the antioxidant effect may be attributed to the tannins/polyphenols unique to the herbs used in making Triphala (3, 10). Regardless, it has been shown to produce an antioxidant effect, and in accord with Ayurvedic principles, this is related to the synergistic/wholistic effects of the components of all three fruits. For more information and links to articles on modern research, you can find multiple resources online. Two such sources include: Side effects Triphala is a natural detoxifying formula. As part of the cleansing process it is not uncommon for toxins to be released from the deeper tissues and enter the bloodstream on their way to being ushered out of the body. When many toxins are released at once it can prompt a “healing crisis”. For some people this can manifest as a headache, a rash, or nausea, in addition to gas, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Since Triphala supports healthy elimination, it is not uncommon to experience looser motions than usual. All of these reactions are can be byproducts of cleansing. If your cleansing experience becomes too intense, you can stop taking triphala until the symptoms subside and restart using less, or simply reduce the amount you are ingesting. If the symptoms recur, it is best to stop use and consult a practitioner. Contraindications Contraindications can include diarrhea, dysentery, and pregnancy. There are no known drug interactions with the herbs that make up Triphala (1,6). Some studies do report findings that would advise caution in people taking blood-thinning medicines (7,8), as Triphala may affect platelet function. From an Ayurvedic perspective, if your stools are dry and hard, consider using haritaki in place of Triphala. Buying Triphala Triphala is most commonly purchased as a bulk powder or as a tablet. The advantage of buying it in bulk is that it is significantly cheaper on a per use basis and it allows one to take the herbs in the most traditional way – as a tea. Tablets are considered by many to be a quicker, more convenient method of taking the herbs along with providing the option of not having to taste the herbs. Many Ayurvedic practitioners feel that their clients are more likely to take the herbs if they are provided in tablet form. When choosing a supplier of Triphala there are a variety of questions to consider relating to quality of the herbs, the values of the company and the price you pay. Is the supplier able to trace the herbs back to the field they were grown in? Traceability of the herbs from field to shelf allows the supplier to know where and how the herbs were grown and when they were harvested. Are the fruits grown in optimal locations? Location does play a role in quality. Like the grapes in wine, herbs tend to vary in quality and taste depending on the conditions they are grown in. Banyan sources our triphala ingredients from areas where the fruit trees thrive naturally. Are the fruits sustainably harvested? The three fruits that combine to make Triphala grow on large trees and are relatively abundant in many parts of India. Where and how the fruits are harvested makes a big difference in sustainability. They can be harvested on private farms where sustainability can be managed, or they may be wild-harvested from the forest legally, and sometimes they are taken illegally, threatening long-term sustainability. To ensure sustainability, Banyan sources amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki that have been cultivated on privately owned farms. Are the farmers looked after for their labor? Harvesting and processing the fruits in triphala is labor intensive. It includes the picking of the fruits by highly skilled tree climbers, washing, drying and removing the pits. Banyan strongly believes in maintaining socially responsible relationships with our farmers. We are committed to following fair trade principals which includes paying above market wages and making investments in educating the farmers and giving back to their communities. Are the fruits organic? As Banyan sources from private farms, it is able to ensure that organic farming methods are followed, and you can therefore rest assured that your herbs have not been treated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. The fruit contained in our Triphala is grown exclusively on certified organic farms. The fresh, ripe fruit is harvested at the optimal time using environmentally sustainable methods that are sensitive to the long term health of the trees and their surrounding ecosystems.

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        1. Pole, Sebastian. Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice. Churchill Livingston, 2006. 126-127, 145-146, 194-195.
        2. G. H. Naik, et al. In vitro antioxidant studies and free radical reactions of triphala, an ayurvedic formulation and its constituents. Phytotherapy Research 2005; 19(7): 582-586.
        3. Vani, T. et al. Antioxidant properties of the Ayurvedic formulation triphala and its constituents. Pharmaceutical Biology 1997; 35 (5): 313-317.
        4. Shi Y, Sahu RP, Srivastava SK. Triphala inhibits both in vitro and in vivo xenograft growth of pancreatic tumor cells by inducing apoptosis. BMC Cancer. 2008 Oct 10; 8:294.
        5. Thakur CP, Thakur B, Singh S, Sinha PK, Sinha SK. The Ayurvedic medicines Haritaki, Amala and Bahira reduce cholesterol- induced atherosclerosis in rabbits. Int J Cardiol 1988; 21: 167- 75.
        6. Williamson, Elizabeth. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Churchhill Livingston, 2002. 210-214, 294-297, 298-301.
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        8. Ihantola-Vormisto, A., Summanen, J., Kankaanranta, H., Vuorela, H., Asmawi, Z. M., and Moilanen, E. Anti-inflammatory activity of extracts from leaves of Phyllanthus emblica. Planta Med 1997;63(6):518-524
        9. Jain, S. K. and Khurdiya, D. S. Vitamin C enrichment of fruit juice based ready-to-serve beverages through blending of Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) juice. Plant Foods Hum.Nutr. 2004;59(2):63-66.
        10. Scartezzini, P. and Speroni, E. Review on some plants of Indian traditional medicine with antioxidant activity. J Ethnopharmacol. 2000;71(1-2):23-43.
        11. Dick, Michael. Some Words about Triphala.
        12. Sharma, P. V. Caraka Samhita. Volume 4, Chikitsa-Sthana, 1.16-37.
        13. Tierra, Michael. The Wonders of Triphala.
        14. Scartezzini P, Antognoni F, Raggi MA, Poli F, Sabbioni C. Vitamin C content and antioxidant activity of the fruit and of the Ayurvedic preparation of Emblica officinalis Gaertn. J Ethnopharmacol. 2006;104(1-2):113-118.
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95 Responses to Triphala – Ayurvedic formulation for detoxification and rejuvenation

  1. Veronique says:

    Can you tell me for how long can I take Triphala? indefinately everyday or only for a period of time. Thank you.

  2. Sudarshan says:

    The blog is very useful in finding more about Triphala. I take Triphala-Guggulu in tablet form. May I know if you carry this combination in powder form? Because, I heard that the magnesium stearate (an undesirable hydrogenated oil) and silicon dioxide ( a chemical term for common sand) consumed over time will pose health problems. I would rather consume this in a veggie cap with no toxic tag-alongs. This should also expedite the healing process of the herbs.

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Sudarshan – I am glad that you found this information useful. We do have Triphala-Guggulu available in a powder form. You can put in capsules or I like to take it in applesauce as it is very resinous.

  3. Sunita says:

    Thank you very much:)). .it will b a great help in long way…you are doing awesome work! great site.
    Enliving the prayer..sarve bhavantu sukhina,,sarve santu niramaya. .
    May God bless all. .

  4. Sunita says:

    Thanks for such detailed information. I am in India and I want to prepare the powder at home. I grated amla and dried and powdered them leaving seeds…I got hariraki and baheda whole fruit from market. .. I wanted to know how to powder these two…is the seed part to be included or is it to be left. Plz help. Thanks in advance:)

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Sunita: The seed part of haritaki and baheda are not included. Usually the fruits are blanched in boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Then they are dried in direct sunlight until the fruit opens and then they are dried in the shade until completely dry. Hit the stones with a stick and remove the seed. Then you can powder the dried fruit.

  5. Sue says:

    I have seen different names in the product Triphala, could you clarify these names?
    belleric myrobalan fruit; chebulic myrobalan fruit; Vibhitaki fruit.

    Also, do you know of an Ayurvedic practitioner that you would go to in Orange County California?

    Thank you

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Sue- Triphala is composed of three fruits and each fruit has multiple names. Myrobalan is the name of a fruit tree which is considered to have healing fruits that are life prolonging. Belleric myrobalan refers to the fruit bearing tree that produces the fruit: Vibhitaki which is also spelled Bibhitaki. The Chebulic myrobalan tree produces Haritaki fruit. Both are ingredients in Triphala.

      Dr. Vicki Stern is an Ayurvedic practitioner in Laguna Beach. For her contact information give us a call.

  6. Kriss says:

    I recently purchased a 1/2 lbs organic banyan organic Banyan Botanicals triphala powder on Amazon via Pure Formulas. It says on the label that according to the state of CA this item may contain chemicals that can lead to cancer? I emailed Pure Formulas and below is the email I received. Can you please explain? So is your triphala lead free and safe or not? I thought buying organic supposedly guaranteed purity…

    Good Morning ,

    Thank you for contacting us, According to California’s Proposition 65 (the safe drinking water and toxics enforcement act) Mandates that a single daily serving of dietary supplement must not exceed 0.5 micro grams of lead Pb. If there is anything else you need from us, please feel free to call us at 1-800-XXX-XXXX.

    Customer Service

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Kriss I agree that the answer you received leaves more to be desired. Buying Organic means that there are no chemicals or pesticides used in growing the herbs. Our Triphala is safe as nothing we do introduces lead to our products as lead exists in the soil. For more information on Prop 65 and how it is effecting the natural products industry please visit http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/prop65

  7. adrian says:

    Hello. Started taking teaspoon of powder mixed with honey after food. Have high cholesterol and ldl levels. Feeling very ‘low’ after an hour, almost like sugar ‘low’. Takes a while to recover! Suffer from too much acid and worried about taking at night. Most worried about this sugar-low feeling. Am i taking too high dosage, wrong with honey and after food?? Appreciate advice! PITTA BIG TIME!

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Adrian: I would consult as qualified health professional as there are many possibilities for what you are describing. We recommend taking a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon 1-2 times a day on an empty stomach. Your current dose is larger dose than this. Have you tried taking the Triphala as a tea or with ghee? These may be more balancing to the sugar low feeling than the honey you are currently using.

  8. amandeep says:

    thank you for all the information for triphala but I have a question can I drink triphala or have triphala tablets while i’m breastfeeding my 2 month old baby or there is an amount of triphala that I can take …please let me know..thank you

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Amandeep: See our response to Nagina below. “Triphala is composed of three ingredients and each ingredient has a different classification of safety as determined by the Botanical Safety Handbook by M. McGuffin, et al. Both Amalaki and Haritaki are considered to be safe when used appropriately. Bibhitaki is contraindicated in acute cough, acute diarrhea, and early stage of dysentery. There is a specific classification for pregnancy and nursing and all of the herbs in Triphala are considered by the Botanical Safety handbook to be safe when nursing or pregnant.” If you decide to take triphala I would take a small dose in the range of 1/8-1/4 tsp a day or less.

  9. iqi says:

    hi,i tried your triphala powder in the past it worked ok for constipation but having said that because i’am pitta dosha it realy aggravated my pitta and had to stop just after two days…after a while i decided to give it another go this time with tsp of ghee but no like at all…any suggestions pls on how to take triphala?

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Iqi: The best way to take Triphala is the Triphala tea recipe described above. If you find that taking Triphala with ghee does not work well for you consider taking it as a tea and add a pinch of turbinado sugar or another natural sweetener. You may also consider buying the individual ingredients (Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amalaki) and blending them yourself. Amalaki is best for Pitta and to balance Pitta it could be blended with 2 parts Amalaki to every one part Haritaki and Bibhitaki.

  10. Tracy says:

    I put 1/2 teaspoon of the powder in almost boiling water and let it cool to drinking temperature. I’ve had chronic constipation for years and have tried many things to help as it’s been a very painful problem. My awesome doctor recommended triphala and I am amazed how it has seemed to cure me in just four days! I am not bloated! Finally relief! I am fine with the taste of the tea and find the complexety of the flavor interesting. It has a sweet after taste to me. I have looked around at prices at other sites and stores for triphala and this one is the best value and seems tobe of very high quality. Thank you!

  11. R. Dahl says:

    This is such an excellent article on triphala churna – thank you! :-) Please tell me how long it should take for triphala churna to work on chronic constipation? Last night I took my first dose (2 heaping teaspoons) of your triphala churna in warm water. This morning I only had one fairly small bowel movement – I had hoped it would have cleaned me out a lot more, since I took such a large dose. I want relief. Am I just being impatient? How long does it usually take for triphala churna to start working on a deep level? I’m eager to have a big bowel cleanse! :-)
    Thank you for your help.
    R. Dahl

    • R. Dahl says:

      Oh, bye the way, I took yet another dose this morning just to speed up the elimination process, but without any additional reactions – felt no need “to go” again during the day despite all the banyan triphala churna powder I’ve taken within the last 24 hours. Please advice me, as this constipation issue is frustrating me. Many thanks, R. Dahl :-)

      • Banyan Banyan says:

        Chronic constipation can have a number of causative factors (thyroid, colon issues, etc), so it is best to check with your health care practitioner as to what is going on in your particular case. In general, Ayurveda sees constipation as a sign of imbalanced vata. While Triphala can help support healthy bowel movements, there can be a chronic component of dryness in constipation that needs to be addressed, both by adequate hydration with warm/room temperature water, and by adding healthy oils to one’s diet, such as ghee, coconut oil, or sesame oil. As for the Triphala, one can also try taking it by soaking the powder overnight, and then drinking the water in the morning–this often helps people quite a bit. If there is not enough fiber in the diet, one can also eat prunes and raisins that have been soaked overnight in water; also take Sat Isabgol (Psyllium Fiber), which can be taken at night (with plenty of water), followed by the soaked Triphala water in the morning. With chronic constipation though, one should work with a health care practitioner to make sure there is nothing else going on.

  12. asma says:

    Haritahi has 7 varities ,which one is the best and used in triphala churna? either a large haritaki(yellowish brown in colour consisting of mature fruits) or small haritaki(black in colour consisting of immature fruits). please reply as soon as possible.

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Regarding the classical reference to the variety of Haritaki, that is difficult to determine. Tillotson has got this information from the Bhavaprakasha, a text from the North of India, and hence Northern descriptions are included.

      Banyan’s Haritaki comes from the south and most fits the form of amrita (which has a thick ‘flesh’ covering and abhaya (that has five ridges).

      Apparently the classification between the 7 ancient types is not made today. The differentiation that is made is between bal haritaki (immature ‘child’ haritaki) and normal haritaki.

      I hope this helps.

  13. ashlesha says:

    can i take medohar guggulu along with triphala?since i have uterine fibroid also along with thyroid i m taking eltroxin 100 mcg every morning and i take kanchar guggulu,punarnavadi gugglu,kaishor guggulu and dashmool ghanvati.can i take medohar guggulu if yes then how?

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Ashlesha: I don’t know what medohar guggulu is. It would be wise for you to work with a practitioner so that you make sure that you are taking the right things.

  14. ashlesha says:

    i soak 1 teaspoon triphala in a full glass of water and then next morning i boil the solution until it becomes half and then i mix 1 tablespoon honey and a half cut lemon. is this solution will make me slim?i take balanced diet but lack of time and energy i can’t do exercise. in how much time it will make me slim? coz i m fat due to thyroid.

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Ashlesha: Because thyroid and excess weight are complicated conditions I would recommend that you consult with a qualified health care provider. In Dr. Vasant Lad’s book The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies in the section on Obesity he states “take triphala every night. At least 1 hour after dinner, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1/2 to 1 teaspoon triphala; let steep for 10 minutes and drink. In addition, take 1 tablet of the following with warm water, 3 times a day after meals: triphala guggulu, chitrak, punarnava guggulu.” For a complete discussion on these options purchase his book http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/prodinfo.asp?number=9525

  15. vinny says:

    Can triphala reduce my belly and my weight?

    • Banyan Banyan says:

      Vinny: In order to get the best results from Triphala we recommend working with a health care professional. Sebastian Pole in his book Ayurvedic medicine
      says that Triphala is used “in conditions of excess weight and obesity. It can be used as part of a weight-balancing program. It is also used to help prevent overeating and food cravings due to its balanced spectrum of flavors.”

  16. Nagina says:

    Can I use triphala while feeding my baby of one year.is there any adverse effect on him .i want to use it for loosing my weight

    • noah noah says:

      Nagina, Triphala is composed of three ingredients and each ingredient has a different classification of safety as determined by the Botanical Safety Handbook by M. McGuffin, et al. Both Amalaki and Haritaki are considered to be safe when used appropriately. Bibhitaki is contraindicated in acute cough, acute diarrhea, and early stage of dysentery. There is a specific classification for pregnancy and nursing and all of the herbs in Triphala are considered by the Botanical Safety handbook to be safe when nursing or pregnant.

  17. Sara DeHart says:

    This page was very helpful and complete.

  18. Chelsea says:

    What is the difference between Triphala and Triphala Guggulu? I have been trying to find out and nothing can directly state it! thanks.

    • noah noah says:

      Chelsea- The addition of Guggulu in Triphala Guggulu increases Triphala’s detoxifying action. As Guggulu is a potent detoxifier this changes the rejuvenative action of Triphala.

  19. Renee says:

    I didn’t read all the comments so someone might have said this: I’ve read that triphala is better as a decoction (to release it’s qualities) rather than as an infusion, what do you think? does it matter? (p.s. the description you have given for the preparation is an infusion, not a decoction, but I know the words are interchanged quite often).

    • noah noah says:

      Renee- Here is a website that differentiates decoction vs. infusion (which I wasn’t totally clear on either): http://www.healthfreedom.info/Decoction%20v.%20Infusion.htm

      Going by this definition, what we do with Triphala is more of a infusion, because we don’t really boil it down. The “recipe” we give is to put a spoon of triphala in hot water and let it cool and drink. This is Dr. Lad’s way too (and even when he recommends letting it sit overnight, he usually still says to put it in hot water initially). I think this may be from the perspective that putting it in warm water makes it more digestible, but this is just my guess. I hope this helps.

  20. Madison says:

    Does anyone have experience using Triphala in smoothies? Does it have a different effect when consumed cold vs. hot?

    • noah noah says:

      @ Madison. Triphala has a strongly bitter taste that may only be put in smoothies in small amounts to keep the flavor palatable. Triphala is traditionally taken as a cold infusion so it appears that taking it cold would be as good if not better than taking it hot.

      • China says:

        Noah, I brought your Triphala powder several weeks ago. Its very bitter but initially I used it with warm almond milk. It worked with promoting sleep and helped with my acid reflux. Then I read these posts about using it in hot water, which i tried. That didn’t seem to help and seem to increase pitta in my skin. So I switched back to using the warm almond milk and the excess pitta in my skin is diminishing, is this a acceptable way with the almond milk? Also can you tell me about your smoothing skin balm for pitta skin and Avipattikar for acid reflux?

        • noah noah says:

          China, I am glad you found the correct way to take Triphala for you. It is acceptable to use almond milk and it sounds like it is working for you. Soothing skin balm is great for Pitta skin. It has many herbs that help to reduce excess pitta. Avipattikar is traditionally used to promote normal, comfortable levels of acidity in the stomach and intestines and to remove excess heat from the GI tract. It is possible that it will help with your acid reflux.

  21. shravanthi says:

    wonderful article !
    i wanted to know when is the best time to take triphala powder or tablet ?
    also, is it okay to powder the tablet and consume it with warm water ?

    • noah noah says:

      Shravanthi- you can take triphala any time but it is most often taken in the morning or evening on an empty stomach. It is fine to powder the tablets if you would like.

  22. Kirsten says:

    can you take this if you are breastfeeding?

    • noah noah says:

      These are questions best answered by an Ayurvedic practioner or herbalist.
      Based on my experience I would say that Triphala has been used for a long time and is considered a safe herb, but unless you have the go ahead from your practitioner or doctor I would only use it in very small quantities.

  23. Tony says:

    I have triphala capsules. When is the best time to take them?
    1 Before bed and upon waking as per this article
    2 As per bottle 2x500mg capsules x 3 times per day 20 minutes before eating.
    3 As per a banyan customer service rep 2×1 capsule twice a day 30 minutes after eating.

    • noah noah says:

      Tony: The most important thing is to take the herbs. You have listed them correctly in terms of receiving the most benefit from the herbs. Take them before bed and after waking if possible, but if you forget you can always take them with meals.

  24. Melissa says:

    Excellent information.
    How many bottles should I use as a course!

    • noah noah says:

      Melissa: Triphala has a history of being used long term. In general with most herbs you will start to feel some effects after a couple weeks. Often after three months these effects will start to level off and become consistent. Often Triphala is used for daily health maintenance and can be taken long term so there is no specific course that is used.

  25. M.N.P.Raman says:

    I am suffering from constipation for quite some time. I am taking lactlos orol solution allopathic. Now I have ayurvedic triphala. Do they interfere with one another? Do they have side effects? I am yet to have benefit? Please advise.
    Regards, Sincerely Raman

    • noah noah says:

      Raman: In order to get some relief I would recommend consulting your primary health care professional. At this time there is not a lot of research available about drug herb interactions. Triphala has been used for a long time without a history of side effects. I hope that your situation improves promptly.

  26. pardeep kalra says:

    I have undergone Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. Can i use Triphala as weight loss and artery cleaning with regular medicines such as Ciplovas,Starpress, Telma, Sorbitrate,

    • noah noah says:

      Pardeep: With such a complex medical history I would recommend working with you primary health care practitioner to determine if Triphala would be appropriate for your situation. Triphala has a long history of safe usage, but there is currently not a lot of research that shows the drug-herb interactions with the medicine’s that you mentioned.

  27. Jackie says:

    Can Triphala be used for long periods of time? If so, what is the protocol?

    Thank you!

    • noah noah says:

      Jackie: Yes Triphala can be used long term. If using the powder you can take up to 1/4 tsp a day or if using the tablets you can take 2 tablets a day. The exact amount will depend on your sensitivity to herbs, your digestive strength and your constitution; so see what works best for you.

  28. Paige says:

    I have issues with gas and bliating as a result of acid reflux. Would Triphala help or make it worse.

    • noah noah says:

      Paige: Triphala is balancing to all Doshas and should not aggravate your acid relux. Acid in the stomach is often a sign of excess Pitta (fire) or deficient Kapha (water). A formula like Pitta digest would help you digest your food without bloating and not increase the fire in your stomach. Avipattikar can also have this effect.

  29. Melissa says:

    What can help with chronic body odor? Do i have to eat a raw diet? Do i use triphala? I have tried numerous things and still not ridding underarm odor? Your advice greatly appreciated

  30. Alex says:

    I don’t see expiration date on the package I bought. Is there any way I can check this?


    • noah noah says:

      From the FDA’s website: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dslg-1.html see question #14 No. However, a firm may include this information if it is supported by valid data demonstrating that it is not false or misleading.The challenge is with the “supported by valid data”. As we understand this statement, we can no longer select an estimated date like “two years from the date of packaging” or some other date. There must be some kind of data showing at what rate the product degrades over time. This data is not currently available and it would take substantial time and resources to conduct the studies ourselves. The current industry standard is to have no “expiration” or “best used by” date on the packaging of bulk herbs.

      We do everything in our power to provide the freshest, highest quality herbs available. The absence of the “best used by date” is to comply with FDA requirements and is the not the result of any change in the way our herbs are grown, harvested or processed. We do recommend that our customers store the herbs in air tight packaging, out of direct sunlight, and at room temperature or in the refrigerator. When stored properly herbs can last for many years.

  31. Alondra says:

    There are 7 different types of Haritaki. Which type is in your formula?

    Regarding your question of which of the 7 types of Haritaki do we use, I have found out the following:

    Regarding the classical reference to the variety of Haritaki, that is difficult to determine. Tillotson has got this information from the Bhavaprakasha, a text from the North of India, and hence Northern descriptions are included.

    Banyan’s Haritaki comes from the south and most fits the form of amrita (which has a thick ‘flesh’ covering and abhaya (that has five ridges).

    Apparently the classification between the 7 ancient types is not made today. The differentiation that is made is between bal haritaki (immature ‘child’ haritaki) and normal haritaki.

  32. Jeanne says:

    Do you have advice for what I should take for chronic diarrhea? I am a Vata-Pitta.

    From the Ayurvedic perspective loose bowel movements are related to the heat of Pitta. When there is too much Pitta in the gi tract the body responds by flushing the tract with water and getting rid of what is in the intestines. Decreasing the Pitta in the intestines can help to change this process. Formula’s that are beneficial for regulating the heat of Pitta are blood cleanse, healthy pitta, and pitta digest. It is always a good idea to work with a licensed health care practitioner to determine ig you may have food allergies or other causes for the diarrhea.

  33. Lise says:

    Hello. What products do you recommend for someone with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?

    I suffer with chronic constipation as well. Stool softeners
    Has not helped. Because of bacterial overgrowth, I must avoid carbohydrates, therefore stewed prunes
    Would not be helpful at this time.

    • noah noah says:

      It is always best to consult your health care practitioner for specific conditions, including bacterial overgrowth and chronic constipation (http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/getstarted/diseaseorillness.html). In Ayurveda the small intestine is considered to by the seat of the Pitta Dosha. If the small intestine is not functioning then you will want to improve your Agni which is the digestive fire that is related to the heat of Pitta. Consider trying the Pitta Digest to improve the Agni, Immune Support to nourish the immune system and Triphala to help with infrequent bowel movements. Also, proper hydration is key for a healthy small intestine and colon. Sipping hot water throughout the day and also drinking plenty of room temperature water can have a supportive cleansing effect.

  34. Chris Rose says:

    From following the posts it sounds as if the soils where the Banyan Botanical triphala is grown may have
    significant levels of heavy metals even though the range is within ANSI standards.Would you please comment on this ? I recently discovered triphala and I am in the process of attempting to cleanse my body of heavy metals and do not want to put more in unwittingly.

    • noah noah says:

      Because Banyan’s products are whole herbs, naturally grown and harvested, they will pick up the qualities and constituents of the soil in which they are grown. While the farmers use organic methods of farming and the soils are of healthy and high quality, most soils will have a certain amount of heavy metals. Banyan’s herbs are tested for heavy metals on arrival at our warehouse, and again once they are made into tablets. All of our products meet the safety standards set by ANSI 173, though we cannot completely eliminate the presence heavy metals as they are natural whole products. Banyan never intentionally adds heavy metals to any products, and we always maintain rigorous testing standards.

  35. hollyj says:

    Is Triphala safe to use while breast feeding?

    • banyan says:

      Hollyj: There are no contraindications that I know of for taking Triphala while you are breastfeeding. I would recommend taking a lower dose like a 1/4 to an 1/8 tsp once a day because your body is working for two. Triphala has a very strong bitter and astringent taste and it may affect the taste of your breast milk and make it less palatable for your baby. That is why you may want to try the lower dose or wait until you have finished breast feeding.

  36. Sabine Dando says:

    Which supplement is better suited for chronic constipation? Haritaki or Triphala? What are the pros and cons of taking one over the other?

    • banyan says:

      Sabine: Both of these can be effective. Haritaki is one of the ingredients in Triphala and it is more specific for a dry, cold colon. Triphala is balancing for all the Dosha’s and is the most widely used Ayurvedic formulation. I would recommend trying the Triphala for a month and if it is not helping try the Haritaki by itself.

  37. Sabine Dando says:

    I have been suffering from chronic constipation all my life and would like to try triphala. As a first time user should I take the powder or the pill? Are the pills as large as vitamin pills? Yikes.

    • banyan says:

      Sabine: Chronic constipation can be an imbalance in more than one of the Dosha’s and it is best to work with an Ayurvedic Health Professional. That being said I would recommend trying the triphala tea, mentioned on this page, two times a day in the morning and evening for a month with the triphala powder and see if you derive any benefit from it. Remember that the water absorbs the active constituents of the triphala and it is not necessary to drink the powder while doing this. Our tablets are relatively small and you can chew them up if you don’t want to swallow them whole.

  38. Natalia says:

    What are the effects of triphala during pregnancy?

    • banyan says:

      Triphala should not be taken during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman is constipated she may want to try milk with ghee or soaked prunes.

    • banyan says:

      Triphala is not recomended during pregnancy as the body is very sensitive. If a pregnant woman is constipated, she needs gentler methods like milk with ghee, soaked prunes and raisins, etc.

  39. Arthur says:

    I now see my question. Sorry about that.

  40. Arthur says:

    Yesterday I posted a question about heavy metals in triphala. I see my question has disappeared.

  41. Arthur says:

    I recently purchased 1 pound of your Organic Triphala Powder from AMAZON and am awaiting delivery.
    Since ordering, I have seen reports of heavy metals in some Ayurvedic medicines.
    Do you have any information on this matter?
    I saw where AMLA does not contain heavy metals but I would like to know your views on Triphala.

    • banyan says:

      Banyan tests every batch of herbs for arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury using independent U.S. laboratories. All of our products, when taken according to the suggested use on the bottle, are within the safety guidelines stipulated by the American National Standards Institute/National Sanitation Foundation International Dietary Supplement Standard 173 (ANSI 173).

      It is important to understand the heavy metals exist in our natural resources, including the soil, air, and water. This is not limited to any particular region, but is from natural occurrence in the Earth as well as the widespread result of industrialization. Therefore, it is very difficult to find a naturally grown product, including sometimes the food we consume, that does not have some levels of heavy metals. We ensure that our products adhere to the standards of ANSI 173 by testing the raw herb when it first comes in, and then testing the final product once it hasbeen tableted in our unique formulations.

      Many of the reports in the media about heavy metals in Ayurvedic products stem from products that were manufactured in India that contain heavy metals as ingredients. There is esoteric practice within Ayurveda called Rasa Shastra that uses metals as medicine. Banyan does not sell products based on Rasa Shastra nor do we intentionally introduce any metals to our products.

      For more information on acceptable levals of daily intake see our Quality Control statment

  42. Randy says:

    I understand your triphala is organic. However there are studies showing many sources of triphala contain large amounts of lead, mercury, and arsenic. Has your triphala been tested for presence of heavy metals? If so what were the results. If not, could you please do that? Thanks

  43. larry zunino says:

    Do you sell Sanguinaria Cam., 200ch? If so, forward particulars, please. I was told that “UNDA” brand is the best….



  44. varadarajan says:

    its wonderful kaya kalpam

  45. anita horton says:

    this information was very helpful especially since I bought the bulk herb and was not sure how to use it. Thanks!

  46. karen says:

    can triphala be used by children please ? ?

    • banyan says:

      Yes. There is no evidence to show that Triphala cannot be used with children. As their bodies and minds are more sensitive use a small dose with caution and monitor the results with your primary health care provider.

  47. Kris Bjerke-Ulliman says:

    This was very helpful. I have some bulk Triphala and have been using it off and on. This gave me some real tips and helpful ways to use the product.

  48. Shelly says:

    When drinking the powder in warm water, it doesn’t dissolve and settles at the bottom. Is it important to drink what settles at the bottom, or is the tea itself sufficient?

    • banyan says:

      Shelly: Thanks for your comment. Traditionally the tea is considered to be sufficient, but if you want an extra bonus you can drink what settles to the bottom.

  49. Jill Yesko says:

    Yes, very helpful, esp. the contraindications. Triphala tea makes me sick to my stomach. It tastes salty and seems to raise my pitta too much. I’ve gone back to the tablets which are milder for me.

  50. Jo says:

    what 3 fruits comprise triphala?

  51. ishaih says:

    This is extremely helpful information on Triphala. Thank you
    Namaste Banyan Botanicals

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