Triphala contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds that may help protect against certain cancers and other chronic diseases. Studies have shown that it may help treat constipation, resolve dental issues and promote weight loss.

Botanical Name

Combination of three fruits: Emblica officinalis, Terminalia belerica, Terminalia chebula.

Part Used

Fruits

Common Names

Triphala

Brief History

Triphala has been used as a healing remedy for over 1,000 years. This herbal concoction consists of three medicinal plants native to India. It’s a staple in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, one of the world’s oldest medical systems that originated in India over 3,000 years ago. Due to its many purported health benefits, Triphala has become increasingly popular around the world.

Constituents

Vitamin C, flavonoids, polyphenols, tannins and saponins.

Therapeutic Properties

Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, laxative.

Vitalist Properties

Temperature: Neutral

Moisture: Dry

Therapeutic Indications

anemia, constipation, and obesity.

Primary Uses

Constipation

Triphala is an alternative to over-the-counter laxatives, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in several studies. In one study, patients treated with gastrointestinal disorders, Triphala reduced constipation, abdominal pain and flatulence and improved the frequency and consistency of bowel movements. It has also been shown to reduce intestinal inflammation and repair intestinal damage in animal studies.

Weight Loss

Some studies have shown that Triphala may help with fat loss, especially in the belly area. In one study, rats fed a high-fat diet supplemented with Triphala had more significant reductions in body weight, energy intake and body fat, compared to mice who were not supplemented with Triphala. Another study of 62 obese adults found that those who supplemented with a 10-gram daily dose of Triphala powder experienced a more significant reduction in weight, waist circumference and hip circumference than those who received a placebo.

Dental Disease

Triphala has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent plaque formation, a common cause of cavities and gingivitis (gum inflammation). One study in 143 children found that rinsing with a mouthwash containing Triphala extract reduced plaque buildup, gum inflammation and bacterial growth in the mouth. Another study showed treatment with a Triphala-based mouthwash led to a significant reduction in plaque and gum inflammation in hospitalised patients with periodontal disease.

Dosage (Divided Daily)

  • Dried Powder: 500 – 10,000mg

 

Buy Triphala Capsules and Loose Powder
Triphala Powder

 

Contraindications

  • None known

Side effects

  • Excess may cause diarrhea, gas and griping.

Interactions with other drugs

  • None known


 Bibliography

  1. Tierra, M., & Frawley, D. (1988). Planetary Herbology: an integration of Western herbs into the traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic systems (1st ed.). Twin Lakes, Wis.: Lotus Press.
  2. Khare, C. P. (2007). Indian medicinal plants: an illustrated dictionary. New York: Springer.
  3. Khare, C. P. (2004). Indian herbal remedies: rational Western therapy, ayurvedic, and other traditional usages, botany. Berlin; New York: Springer.
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/triphala

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