Triphala: How much and when to take

Triphala: How much and when to take 

Triphala is an Ayurvedic, polyherbal formulation comprising of three fruits Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) also known as Indian Gooseberry, Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) mixed in equal proportions. Triphala has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for numerous health conditions. Triphala is an Antioxidant. It is traditionally used to help relieve cough, as an eye tonic and as a digestive tonic to promote digestion. It is also used for the relief of occasional constipation and to help with heartburn and flatulence.

Various form of Triphala

Triphala is available in powdered form commonly known as Churana or Triphala Extract in an encapsulated form.


Best time to take Triphala

If you prefer to take in powdered form than it’s best to take at bed time with warm water or milk. Some people prefer to take first thing in the morning or between the meals for better absorption. Some people prefer to boil Triphala powder and then take it either at night or first thing in the morning (without straining).

If you don’t like taking in powder form, Triphala Extract capsules may be easier to take. Note triphala extract may potentially have lower chances of heavy metal contaminants.

Recommendations from Health Canada is take 2 hours before or after taking other medications.

How much Triphala can be taken Daily

Triphala is generally considered safe and well tolerated if taken within recommended doses. Typically, recommended doses range from 500 mg to one gram per day, though larger amounts can be used to treat some health conditions.

According to Health Canada, consult a health care practitioner prior to taking more than 4gm of Triphala per day or if you are taking cardiac medications such as cardiac glycosides or antiarrhythmic medications, thiazide diuretics, corticosteroids, licorice root or other medications or health products which may aggravate electrolyte imbalance or if you are pregnant.


It’s very important to buy Triphala from reputed source as Triphala may be contaminated with heavy metals such as lead, aresenic, mercury, etc.