Triphala Churna is basically the powdered form of Triphala. Many people even recognize it as Triphala Churna powder. With all the beneficial qualities of Triphala, the it benefits in various health disorders, especially the ones related to the digestive system.It is also known as the caretaker of all internal organs of our body. Many people consume this Ayurvedic medicine for weight loss, as it is an efficient metabolic stimulator.
INGREDIENTS (COMPOSITION) of Triphla Churna
Triphala churna contains three myrobalans (fruit rind) in equal proportion by weight without seeds.
- Amla(Indian Gooseberry)– Emblica Officinalis dried fruit pulp powder
- Bibhitaki–erminalia Bellirica dried fruit pulp powder
- Haritaki–Terminalia Chebula dried fruit pulp powder
THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS OF Triphla Churna
Main Indications of Triphala
- Weight loss (Obesity)
- Abdominal Distension
- Male infertility due to pus in seminal fluid (taken with Dasamoolarishtam)
In Preventive Medicines
- Common cold
- Recurrent infections
BENEFITS & MEDICINAL USES of Triphla Churna
Triphala stimulates immune system and thus it helps preventing recurrent upper respiratory infections. It stimulates gastric secretion and improves digestion. Due to laxative and carminative action, Triphala churna helps in constipation, flatulence, gas, and abdominal distension.
Triphala for Weight Loss (Obesity)
Triphala is a simple preparation, but it gives awesome benefits in weight loss. It reduces visceral fat and cellulite.Triphala has effects on fat metabolism. It increases fat burning by rectifying the metabolism in the body. In obese people, bones are weak because the metabolism of fat is not correct, according to ayurvedic science.According to ayurveda, there are mainly seven types DHATUs (Tissues) in the body, which are simultaneously responsible for making next DHATU. For example, RASA DHATU (Lymph) metabolizes and makes RAKTA DHATU. RAKTA DHATU (Blood) metabolizes and makes MAMSA DHATU (Muscles). MAMSA DHATU metabolizes and makes MEDHA DHATU (Fats). When MEDHA DHATU metabolizes, the formation of ASTHI DHATU takes place.According to this concept, there is a problem in metabolism of MAMSA DHATU to MEDHA DHATU and MEDHA DHATU to ASTHI DHATU, which ultimately cause accumulation of the fat in the body and makes your bones weaker.According to recent studies, obese people have weak bones, which supports ayurvedic concept of weaker bones on obese people.Triphala rectifies this cycle of metabolism in the body, so it reduces body weight. Its use also makes bones stronger and increases bone mineral density in obese people. Therefore, according to practical observation, the concept of ayurveda regarding DHATU metabolism is correct.We also found weaker bones and low bone mineral density in people with obesity. Treating with Triphala reduces belly (abdominal) fat as well as increases bone mineral density.
Triphala use in Diabetes
Studies also have shown that it has hypo-glycemic effects, which may be due to its action on insulin resistance. Triphala churna reduces cellular resistance to uptake insulin and helps in a proper use of insulin in the cells. Therefore, it becomes effective in the treatment of diabetes mellitus.
Antioxidant & immuno-stimulatory effects of Triphala
Triphala has several phyto-chemicals, which are potent antioxidants and immuno-stimulators. Due to these compounds, Triphala powder is effective in delaying aging, maintaining skin health, preventing premature greying of hairs and hair fall and reducing oxidative stress in the body.Immuno-stimulatory effects of Triphala help in AIDS/HIV positive patients. It improves immunity and prevents secondary infections.
Vertigo or Dizziness
Triphala Churna is also beneficial for reducing vertigo or dizziness. Triphala powder (2 grams) with honey (1 tsp.) is beneficial for reducing vertigo. In severe cases, the treatment with Triphala should be continued for a week.
Triphala in Constipation
Triphala is a common home remedy for constipation. It has mild laxative action. It loosens the hard stools and facilitates easier bowel movements. Unlike other laxatives, Triphala churna is non-habit forming laxative. It is beneficial for people with mild to moderate constipation.
High Cholesterol & Triglycerides
Triphala has significant lipid-profile modulating action. A significant decrease in total serum cholesterol can be observed after a few weeks therapy with Triphala Churna. It also reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood.
Triphala for Eyesight & Cataract
Triphala has anti-cataract potential. In ayurveda, many texts described that it improves eyesight and reduces tendencies of cataract and other eyes diseases. Some studies have also demonstrated these effects of Triphala.Saptamrit Lauh used for eye disorders contains Triphala in addition to Yashtimadhu (Licorice) and Lauh Bhasma. Triphala Ghrita is prepared from Clarified Butter (Ghee) and Triphala Powder. It is also used for eye diseases and for improving eyesight and reducing the requirement of specs.
In ayurveda, Rasayana therapy has significant importance. Triphala is one of the Rasayana Medicines, which exert rejuvenative action in the body. Triphala actually works on every organ in the body, reduces blockage, and restores the natural functions of every organ. It flushes out the toxins and reduces the tendency of diseases.
DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION of Triphala Powder
Infants (Up To 6 Months)-GENERALLY NOT RECOMMENDEDInfants (6 -12 Months)-500 mg or 1 gramToddler (Age: 1 – 3 yrs)-750 mg or 1.5 gramsPreschooler (3 – 5 yrs)-1000 mg or 2 grams Grade-schooler(5 – 12 yrs)-1500 mg or 3 gramsTeenager (13 -19 yrs)-2 grams or 4 gramsAdults (19 to 60 yrs)-3 grams or 6 gramsGeriatric (above 60 yrs)-3 grams or 6 gramsPregnancy-NOT RECOMMENDEDLactation-3 grams or 6 gramsMaximum Possible Dosage-12 grams Per Day (in divided doses)
The common side effects of Triphala include
Loose stools (generally occur when person just started taking Triphala first time)Stomach upset (especially occur when Triphala is taken on empty stomach. It can be minimized by taking Triphala with meal or after meal)Abdominal pain and cramps (generally occurs in people with epigastrium tenderness, history of abdominal pain or tenderness)Severe diarrhea (it is very rare, but occurs in people with history of irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, frequent diarrhea. It may also occur in weak individual with thin physique and PITTA type people)
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Pregnancy is a contraindication of Triphala use. Triphala exerts a laxative action and the intensity of laxative action may vary person to person. Secondly, it may also act as uterine stimulant, which can cause contractions and may lead to miscarriage. However, this effect is rare, but pregnant women should avoid it to avoid any type of complication due to Triphala use.The fatal dosage of Triphala in pregnancy is about 5 grams. It may also cause abdominal pain and diarrhea in some pregnant women.If you are looking for safer alternative for constipation in pregnancy, then you may take Gulkand. Gulkand has mild laxative action and safer than Triphala.The active principles of Triphala may pass through the breast milk to the babies. However, its use during lactation does not produce any side effect in both mother and baby. You should consult ayurvedic physician before using Triphala while nursing.
Contraindications of Triphla Churna
- Fast or dieting
- Severe weight loss
- Excessive dryness of the skin
- Abdominal Tenderness
- Heartburn & Hyperacidity
- Gastritis and Ulcers
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)