Triphala is recommended and used more than any other Ayurvedic herbal formulation. Popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it, this traditional formula supports the proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and genitourinary systems. Translated as "three fruits", it is composed of the dried fruits of amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. Containing five of the six tastes (all but salty), Triphala readily removes excess vata, pitta and kapha from the body, bringing balance and proper functioning to the system. It is commonly taken as a daily supplement to help maintain balance of the doshas.*
Balancing Formula for Detoxification & Rejuvenation*
- Assists natural internal cleansing*
- Gently maintains regularity*
- Nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues*
- Supports healthy digestion and absorption*
- Natural antioxidant*
Energetics and Use
- Rasa (taste): sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent
- Virya (action): neutral
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
- Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for all doshas
Use daily for rejuvenation and detoxification. Also used to support healthy elimination, digestion, weight management, lungs, urinary tract and a clear complexion.*
1-2 tablets, once or twice daily, or as directed by your health practitioner.
Please consult with your health care practitioner prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.
Serving size: 1 tablet
Servings per container: 90
Each 500 mg tablet contains: Amalaki fruit (Emblica officinalis)+, Bibhitaki fruit (Terminalia belerica)+, Haritaki fruit (Terminalia chebula)+.
Other ingredients, from natural sources: organic maltodextrin, organic gum arabic, organic rice flour. Free of gluten, soy and dairy. 100% vegetarian.
This item contains no animal products and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
FAQs for Triphala
- What is in the Triphala formula?
- How is Banyan's Triphala superior?
- How do I take Triphala? At what time of the day, and do I take it with or without food?
- How much Triphala should I take?
- How soon after I start taking Triphala can I expect results?
- How long can I take Triphala?
- Can I take Triphala while I'm menstruating?
- Can I take this while I'm pregnant or nursing?
- What if I'm taking another herb or medication?
- Are there any herbs or products that would complement Triphala?
- What are some effects of Triphala that may be bothersome to my predominant dosha or cause other imabalance based on my constitution?
- Is a tablet still a natural, Ayurvedic way to ingest my herbs?
Triphala is equally composed of three fruits, and the literal translation of the name is “tri” for three and “phala” for fruits. Each of these fruits has an affinity for a specific dosha: haritaki pacifies vata, amalaki pacifies pitta, and bibhitaki pacifies kapha. Because of this it is considered “tridoshic” (which means it is balancing for all doshas). In addition to these three fruits, our tablets contain a small amount of two other ingredients (organic maltodextrin and silicon dioxide) that act as binding and flowing agents to help form the tablets and then to keep them in tablet shape. Like the herbs, these other ingredients are non-GMO and sustainably sourced.
Our mission is to help you achieve and maintain health and well-being, and we passionately believe that offering the highest quality Triphala is crucial to fulfilling our mission to you. We are involved in every step of the way to ensure that what you receive is superior– from working with the farmers that grow and nurture the herbs to rigorously testing the safety of each and every batch we sell. Our Triphala is certified organic, organically farmed, sustainably sourced, fairly traded, and stringently tested for quality.
What is your intention with taking Triphala? For support and rejuvenation, taking the tablets at night before bed is best. For detoxification, it is most effective to take on an empty stomach either before bed or upon awakening. If you have a sensitive stomach, it may be more comfortable to take the tablets with food or after you have eaten.
The most important component is to simply take your herbs! With many of the herbs and formulas we carry, it is far more important to pick a time that is convenient for you than to be overly concerned about precisely when to take them. We also encourage you to experiment to find the time that works best for you: Ayurveda honors the uniqueness in each of us, and while one time may work for one person, a different time may work better for you.
Our general recommendation is to take one to two tablets, once or twice daily. You may see best results by committing to taking Triphala once daily, right before bed or upon rising. You may increase or decrease the amount you take depending on how you respond to Triphala. Listen to your body – it will be your best guide.
If you don’t see results within a couple weeks, it is completely safe to increase the number of tablets within the recommended dosage. The ingredients are three fruits – if you happen to take more than your body needs, it may result in loose motions. Lower your dosage until you find a comfortable balance. If you need more guidance, work with a practitioner.
Most people experience a more complete evacuation of the bowels within the first few days of taking Triphala. If you have a more chronic imbalance, it may take a little longer for results to be noticeable. For some people when detoxification begins, the bowels may be a little looser than normal. This is a common sign of cleansing and your bowel movements will return to normal as balance is achieved.
As a general guideline, try it for at least 4-6 weeks. This will give the herbs time to penetrate all the tissue layers. It can also be useful to check in with yourself on a daily basis to help be aware of the subtle energies of the herbs. How was your digestion today? How was your energy? Not only will you notice the herbs working but you will learn how subtle adjustments of your diet, routine, and lifestyle make a difference to your well-being.
Triphala is composed of three fruits – haritaki, amalaki, and bibhitaki. It is not uncommon to take Triphala for many, many years. Some notice an evolution in the way Triphala tastes and the subtle energies of the formula when taking it for a long time. For example, it may initially taste bitter. After a while, as balance is attained, the other tastes may emerge.
You can certainly take this during menstruation, and it is possible that Triphala may help bolster healthy elimination and support a healthy flow while you are menstruating. For those who experience irregular elimination during menstruation, Triphala can be an especially great companion for you. Of course, since each and every situation is unique, we do also encourage you to first speak with a practitioner if you have questions about your menstruation and how Triphala can best support you.
Triphala is not recommended during pregnancy due to haritaki, which has a laxative effect. Consult your practitioner if you would like to take this while you are nursing.
Herbs often work synergistically, meaning that they can complement each other and work in harmony. These herbs have also been used for thousands of years to help people regain balance. However, it is best to talk with your practitioner if you want more clarity, you are already taking other herbs or a medication, or if you have any medical conditions.
Triphala is arguably the most beloved and recommended formula in Ayurveda. Since it is tridoshic (it balances all doshas), it is often used on its own or with other herbs. If you are interested in taking other Ayurvedic herbs or formulas with your Triphala to help bring balance to specific areas, the herbs will work synergistically to bring overall balance. For example, trikatu (Kapha Digest) and Triphala can be a great combination if you are looking to enkindle your digestive fire or to support your lungs if there is a kapha imbalance. If you tend toward vata imbalance with your elimination, taking additional haritaki with your triphala will help to pacify vata while supporting healthy and regular bowel movements. Likewise, additional amalaki with your Triphala helps pacify excess pitta.
If you would like more suggestions on different herbs in combination with Triphala to help balance specific imbalances, we recommend these reference books, Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole and The Yoga of Herbs by Drs. Lad and Frawley.
This is a very balancing and well-rounded formula for all doshas: each fruit corresponds with a dosha (haritaki for vata, amalaki for pitta, and bibhitaki for kapha). It also has five of the six tastes – all but salty – and it is believed that the tastes are a major component in its effectiveness with bringing balance throughout the body.
While our bulk herbs are the most traditional and Ayurvedic mode of intake, tablets have many merits and have beneficial Ayurvedic qualities. We chose to provide tablets over capsules so you can chew or taste them if you desire. Taste is incredibly important in Ayurveda (here is an article for more information on tastes). They are convenient and contain mainly the three fruits that compose Triphala – only a small percentage of the tablets are binding and flowing agents (which help form the tablets and keep them intact).