How to Take Triphala: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Take Triphala: 15 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Take Triphala: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

Triphala is an important component of Ayurvedic (Traditional Indian) medicine. It is made of three fruits: Amla, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. It is typically prepared as a tea, but you can also find it in tablet, capsule or liquid form. Traditionally, triphala is used to fight a variety of problems, from intestinal problems such as gas and constipation to immune system complications such as inflammation. However, many of these uses are not scientifically proven, so it is always a good idea to consult a doctor before using triphala, especially if you are taking other medications.


Part 1 of 3: Choosing the form and dosage

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Step 1. Use a traditional form of triphala

You can consume the fruits in dehydrated form or prepared as tea. Both forms can be purchased online or at health food stores. To prepare tea, mix half a teaspoon of the powder in a cup of hot water. Alternatively, combine the same amount of powder with honey or ghee and take before a meal.

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Step 2. Choose a commercially prepared form of medicine as an alternative

Triphala can be purchased online or at health food stores in capsule, liquid or tablet form. Choose the one you find most convenient. Be sure to read the directions on the package to see the dosage equivalent to the traditional form of triphala.

  • To use the liquid supplement, mix 30 drops in a cup of water or juice one to three times a day.
  • Capsules, tablets or chewable tablets can be taken once or twice a day.
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Step 3. Consume triphala on an empty stomach

If you are taking several servings a day, try taking one in the morning before eating. Then have another one before the evening meal. However, if taking it for digestion benefits, such as a laxative or digestive tonic, take one serving in the evening, about two hours after dinner or half an hour before bed.

Taking triphala on an empty stomach is the traditional recommendation, which is likely to help maximize the drug's effects

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Step 4. Take one dose of triphala separately from other medications

Whatever condition you hope to treat, take it two hours before or after any other medication or supplement. So you get all the benefits.

Part 2 of 3: Using triphala for traditional benefits

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Step 1. Relieve occasional digestive problems

Traditionally, triphala is used to eliminate gas, constipation, stomach pain and various other gastrointestinal problems. If possible, consume it in the form of dried fruit or prepare a tea. Take between 1 and 3 grams per day.

  • If you want to use it as a laxative, take between 2 and 6 grams a day.
  • Triphala will take between six and 12 hours to act as a laxative. Do not use for this purpose for more than seven days.
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Step 2. Get rid of a cough

You can easily get rid of a common cough with triphala. Just consume between 2 and 6 grams of dehydrated fruit every day until the cough disappears! You can also have a cup of tea to get relief.

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Step 3. Strengthen your immune system

Drink between one and three cups of triphala tea a day to prevent a variety of ailments. Traditionally, it is believed to improve the immune system and keep it healthy in general.

You can take it in other forms to receive immune benefits too

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Step 4. Reduce inflammation

A daily dose of triphala can relieve pain and discomfort caused by arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Consult a physician to determine the correct dosage for your condition and discuss whether or not the medication may interact with other medications you are taking for your condition.

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Step 5. Lower your cholesterol

Triphala's digestive benefits also help to reduce “bad” (LDL) cholesterol levels. However, if you are taking other cholesterol medications, consult a physician before taking any natural treatments.

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Step 6. Fight cancer

Traditionally, triphala is believed to reduce cancer cells in patients with the disease. However, there is no conclusive research in this regard. If you have cancer, you can ask a doctor whether or not he thinks triphala is a potentially safe and effective option.

Such a remedy should not replace conventional cancer treatments

Part 3 of 3: Taking triphala safely

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Step 1. Consult a doctor before taking triphala if you experience serious symptoms

If you have abdominal pain, nausea, fever, or vomiting, these could be signs of a more serious illness. Additionally, triphala's laxative properties can aggravate symptoms. For this reason, it is always best to check with a doctor before taking this medicine.

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Step 2. Do not use triphala if you have chronic intestinal problems

If you have a condition such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or other chronic inflammatory bowel or bowel disease, avoid taking triphala. The drug's effects worsen these problems, as well as:

  • Intestinal blockage.
  • Constipation.
  • Appendicitis.
  • Rectal bleeding.
  • Dehydration.
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Step 3. Ask your doctor if you can use the medicine if you are pregnant or nursing

Triphala is not recommended for those who are pregnant or nursing. Although it is a natural fruit-based product, it has potent medicinal properties, meaning it can also affect pregnancy or the baby's health. If your doctor thinks you can take it, he or she will decide what dosage is safe for you.

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Step 4. Reduce dosage or stop taking if you experience side effects

Be aware of abdominal pain, cramps, spasms or diarrhea while using the medicine. If so, try reducing the dosage or stop taking the product altogether.

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Step 5. Take a two to three week break every ten weeks of using the product

Although triphala is not addictive, it is recommended to avoid using it constantly for a very long period. After taking it for ten weeks, stop for two to three weeks. You can then resume your daily regimen, ensuring the medicine is as effective as possible.

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