8 Top Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Of Triphala For Hair, Skin, Eyes & Weight Loss

Triphala is one of the most famous ayurvedic formulations that is popularly used all over the world. As the word triphala suggests, it is made of three famous ayurvedic ingredients, haritaki, bibhitaki and amalaki. The botanical name of haritaki is Terminalia Chebula (elongated fruits in the bottom picture), bibhtaki (the round big ones in the bottom picture) is Terminalia Bellirica and amla (the smaller darker ones) is Emblica officinalis. It will be a great loss if we don’t know about the wonderful uses and benefits of triphala as it is an amazing medicine that has wide medicinal uses. Triphala powder is called triphala churna in Hindi, Triphala podi in Tamil & Telugu.

Triphala in Ayurveda:

According to ayurvedha, our body is made up of three doshas, triphala balances all the three doshas. Haritaki balances vata, amla balances pitta and bibhitaki balances kapha. It is one of the best ayurvedic formulations that detoxify and rejuvenate our body at the same time. Triphala is best known for it’s use in assisting weight loss, treat skin and hair problems, dental problems, digestion related problems, constipation, eye problems and improve our immunity.

Triphala Dosage:

Usually 1/4 to 1/2  tsp of triphala churna or if using triphala tablets, 1 tablet is recommended per day. But I would sugget consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage depending on your body type.

How to Consume Triphala?

Triphala is usually taken along with warm water. Triphala can be either taken as a powder in the form of triphala churna or you can also use equal amounts of the whole herbs. I always stock dried amla, haritaki and bibhitaki at home as I prefer to use the whole dried fruits for some remedies, for instance I love the mouth rinse made with the whole dried fruits for treating dental problems.

You can buy very good quality organic triphala churna in the markets and I would suggest using both the whole dried fruits and the triphala churna depending on the remedy it is used for. Along with the uses mentioned below, triphala also has positive impact on lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

Triphala Side Effects:

Pregnant women should avoid taking triphala. The main reason for some adverse effects while taking triphala churna internally is mainly because of overdosing. Overdosing can lead to diarrhea, flatulence, might lower blood sugar levels drastically and upset stomach. I would suggest slowly increasing the dosage that way it will be very easy for our body to adjust without any adverse side effects….

8 Amazing Medicinal Uses Of Triphala:

1. Triphala For Weight Loss:

Triphala is a very amazing colon cleanser and helps remove toxins from the body. A good and effective digestive system is the key to healthy weight loss and triphala help us achieve it effortlessly. Triphala also treats all digestive related problems. Triphala also boosts metabolism and greatly aids weight loss when it is combined together with a good diet and exercise regimen. I found a study supporting this claim, you can read about it here.

2. Triphala For Hair:

Triphala when applied as a hair pack treats dandruff and stimulates hair growth. It also greatly prevents hair loss due to scalp problems. For making the hair pack, take required amount of triphala in a bowl and add boiling water to it. Make into a thick paste and let it sit till it comes to room temperature and then add enough homemade yogurt to make a spreadable paste and use it as a hair pack.

3. Triphala For Constipation:

Haritaki, one of the three ingredients that make up triphala is very very well known for it’s use in treating constipation. For treating constipation take triphala mixed with warm water before going to bed. Triphala is one of the safest and best medicines for treating constipation…

4. Triphala For Eyes: Triphala Eyewash

Triphala is great for improving the eyesight both when taken internally and used as an eyewash. To make triphala eye wash, take equal quantity of the three ingredients, pound bibhitaki and haritaki to remove the seeds first and then boil all the three ingredients in water till it reduces in half and strain. Make sure to strain using a fine cloth, let cool and use as an eyewash.  This same decoction can be used as a mouth rinse too..

 5. Triphala For Skin:

Triphala when applied as a face mask is great for treating and preventing acne. To make the face mask, take enough triphala powder, add enough homemade rose water and few drops of coconut oil (not for oily skin) make into a paste and use as a face mask. This is an amazing home remedy for treating acne.

6. Triphala For Arthritis:

People who are suffering from arthritis should consider taking triphala as it is a safe formulation if taken in proper dosage and greatly prevents further bone and cartilage degradation and this has been proven through clinical research, you can read about it here.

7. Triphala For Diabetes:

Triphala is a boon for diabetic patients and has a significant effect in reducing the blood sugar levels. I was astounded when I read that within 4 hours triphala reduced the blood sugar levels significantly. If you are a diabetic patient please take triphala under medical supervision as taking both prescription diabetic medicine and triphala should be done under careful observation. You can read about the anti diabetic activity here.

8. Triphala For Cancer:

One of the use of triphala that made me very happy was it’s use in greatly preventing precancerous lesions. One thing that really really upsets me is when our farm workers chew on tobacco as already one of our workers has developed cancer because of it. Triphala has been proven to greatly prevent the precancerous lesions and also reverse it!  This use alone can save so many lives as many have tobacco chewing habit. You can read about the study proving it’s use here.



  1. Sha Zam
    March 1, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Hello Ramya. Thanks for the article. Very useful. How do you say those dried fruits in Tamil?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 6:28 am

      Haritaki is called kadukkai, Amalaki is nellikai and bhibitaki is called thandrikai in Tamil….

  2. Anonymous
    March 2, 2016 / 7:03 am

    Thank you Ramya ! Wonderful post. I had heard about Triphala earlier but refrained from using it because it also acts like a churna, and chances are your body gets used to it. Is this true ? Would it mean we shouldn't take it regularly ? Appreciate all your posts & information.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 7:35 am

      Using any herb for long duration's is said to lose it's efficiency like you mentioned and that is why Ayurveda recommends taking the herbs with different ingredients depending on the seasons. I would always suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician if taking any herb for long duration's as they will guide one better with the dosage depending on one's body type…

  3. Keerthi Sreenath
    March 3, 2016 / 3:10 am

    Hello mam,First of all thank u for making us know these things..I have dandruff problem and used fenugreek pack..it gives better result..but how to get rid of acne caused by dandruff..I have the acne in my forehead,front and back of my neckline..please suggest me a solution..Thank you in advance..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 7:41 am

      I would suggest using the turmeric and holy basil paste from the blog for acne, works really well…

  4. Vshob Vshob
    March 11, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Is there any remedies for cataracts? Looking for your reply. Thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 5:27 am

      Sorry, I don't know any remedy for cataracts…

  5. Anonymous
    April 13, 2016 / 2:17 am

    Hi Ramya madam,I am 29 and am suffering hair loss big time. I am from Chennai city, I saw your blog and have ordered 3 powders online – Triphala, Bringaraj, Ashwagantha. I saw the dosage details from each of the pages. My question is can you tell me whether I can take all of them together at the same time in early morning? Can taking them all cause any side effect or problem?My wife and I are of same height (5.7 feet). Though at first we didn't care much, seems like some of my wife's friends and relatives have made stupid comments about the issue, and now she is deeply hurt. You said Ashwagantha can help but it has no proof to support the same. Is there any medicine or exercise for the same?

  6. Gitanjali Roy
    May 21, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Hi Ramya,I suffer from bloating almost on a daily basis…can triphala cure bloating? What dosage should I take? Once I saw in Ramdevs show, he suggested to boil the 3 ingredients and then drink it but drinking after boiling makes me so nauseous that I vomit out as soon as I drink it. What's the correct way of taking triphala?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 12:25 am

      We use a remedy with dry ginger for treating bloating which his very very effective, here is the remedy:youtube

  7. S majumder
    July 16, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    Taking triphala churna regularly,Is there any bad effect for men in sex life???

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Taking triphala will not have any bad side effects on sex life. But please take the correct dosage…

  8. yuppie yuppie Recipes
    January 11, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Thanks for your post…..

  9. yuppie yuppie Recipes
    January 11, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Thanks for your post…..

  10. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Hi . My mother aged 55 years has not attained her menopause yet and she is getting her periods on time every month. Everything being normal can she take this triphala churnam? Would it cause any side effects or lead to menopause?

  11. Unknown
    April 24, 2017 / 6:28 pm

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  12. Unknown
    April 24, 2017 / 6:28 pm

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    April 24, 2017 / 6:28 pm

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  14. Adithya Challa
    July 10, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    how to use triphala for kids

  15. Raja
    October 13, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Hi Mam,My age is 33.I am suffering from gred issue.Can I take Triphala churna.

  16. kalaichelvi kasinathan
    December 22, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I am feeding for my 4 month baby can I take this thriphala churanam. Pls suggest me anyone.I have constipation problem.

  17. kalaichelvi kasinathan
    December 22, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    I am feeding for my 4 month baby can I take this thriphala churanam. Pls suggest me anyone.I have constipation problem.

  18. Geethu
    July 11, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    Hi mam im 22 age , i hve a gaps&scars on my face …can u say whether this product workout fr me…..

  19. Bina
    May 10, 2021 / 11:57 am

    Hi – reading your article is helpful. i am trying to make the powder home but have few doubt
    1.should we remove seeds and just use the skin/kernel part of the bibhitaki and haritaki – or we can use the seeds too.?
    2. If we must remove seeds – is there any other use of that seed or we just need to throw away?

  20. Ramya (Wildturmeric)
    May 21, 2021 / 10:03 am

    Remove the seeds and powder Bina, the seeds can be boiled along with water and used as an insecticide around the house…..

  21. Bina
    May 26, 2021 / 9:59 am

    Thank you for the response. I stumbled upon your webpage and really appreciate the content, which is easy to understand/follow plus availability of the basic ingredient’s. The presentation is very neat. Keep going Ramya!!

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      May 29, 2021 / 9:59 am

      So glad you like it….:)

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