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Triphala - uses and effects

Triphala - healthy healing medicine

In traditional Indian medicine, the Triphala herb mixture known as the trifruit has been used for centuries to maintain and promote health. The powder of the three fruits, for example, is a proven rejuvenating agent and is also said to improve digestion, metabolism and immune functions. In this post you will find information on which ingredients make Triphala a remedy and how to best use the herbal mixture.

Profile of the three fruits

  • Botanical name: Triphala
  • Most important ingredients: Tannins, vitamin C, antioxidants.
  • application areas:
    • Gastrointestinal complaints
    • Metabolic disorders
    • immunodeficiency

Herbal portrait: The power of the three Ayurvedic herbs

Triphala is not really a medicinal plant. Rather, the name hides a herbal mixture consisting of the following fruits of the Amla tree (Phyllanthus) and the Myrobalane (Terminalia):

  • Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica),
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica)
  • and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

The fruit trio is unmistakably responsible for the name of Triphala. It comes from Sanskrit and consists of the words tri for "three" as well phala for "fruits" together. The German term "Dreifrucht" is self-explanatory.

In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Triphala is one of the best known and sometimes the oldest remedies. Since Ayurveda is primarily geared towards the holistic maintenance of body health, Triphala is not only used for existing basic illnesses, but also as a preventative measure by healthy people. According to Ayurvedic healing arts, people only stay healthy when the three powers (doshas)

  • Vata (air),
  • Kapha (earth and water)
  • and pitta (fire and water)

are permanently in line.

As a result, each Triphala fruit ingredient represents one of the three doshas, ​​with the herbal blend especially the

  • Regeneration,
  • Strengthening,
  • Cell rejuvenation,
  • Cell strengthening,
  • Immune strengthening,
  • Metabolism improvement,
  • Colon cleansing,
  • digestion
  • and drainage serves.

Ingredients and effects

The effect of the three fruits contained in Triphala is explained in the area of ​​Ayurveda using the three doshas already mentioned. This particular assignment to the Ayurvedic elements ultimately results in the claimed mode of action of Triphala, although some of the effects can be explained with the help of existing ingredients.

Amalaki stimulates the metabolism and protects the skin

Amalaki is also known as the "Indian gooseberry" and symbolizes the so-called pitta, the dosha of fire. Ayurvedic medicine attributes metabolic disorders and problems in the body's heat balance to an imbalance of this doshas.

Amalaki now has an extremely high percentage of vitamin C and antioxidants, which is good for the metabolism. Overall, due to its ingredients, the fruit is considered a rejuvenating agent because it works

  • vascular and cell protective,
  • astringent (contracting),
  • stimulates the metabolism,
  • organ strengthening
  • and bone strengthening.

In addition, the ingredients of Amalaki bind gastric acid, which improves the absorption of basic minerals in the digestive tract. The skin also benefits from the cell protecting and astringent effects of the Amalaki. The fruit is used

  • Stomach problems,
  • Mineral deficiency,
  • Metabolic disorders,
  • Liver detoxification,
  • Skin care,
  • Strengthening the immune system against infectious, inflammatory and fever diseases
  • and improve cell regeneration in any body tissue.

Bibhitaki for strengthening the respiratory tract, eyes and heart

In Ayurveda, Bibhitaki is assigned to the Dosha of Earth and Water, Kapha. Respiratory diseases, as well as various eye and blood diseases, are attributed to this dosha according to Ayurvedic understanding. Bibhitaki is referred to in this context

  • respiratory cleansing,
  • soothing,
  • immune-boosting
  • and hemostatic

described and primarily against diseases such as

  • Asthma,
  • Bronchitis,
  • Lung infection,
  • Sore throat and throat,
  • To cough,
  • High blood pressure,
  • increased cholesterol
  • and inflammation of the eyes.

In addition, bibhitaki is considered a natural laxative (laxative), which is why it should also help with indigestion, detoxification and detoxification.

Haritaki for digestion and brain

The Haritaki fruit, which is related to Bibhitaki, has an even better effect on the digestive tract. It stands for the Dosha Vatta, which symbolizes air and water. According to Ayurvedic belief, imbalances in the Vatta are said to have a greater impact on the gastrointestinal tract, with some Haritaki attributing an effect that promotes digestion, similar to breast milk in infants.

In fact, the fruit is one of the best natural laxatives because Haritaki works

  • digestive,
  • laxative,
  • purifying
  • and intestinal strengthening.

Because of these properties, the fruit is mainly used for

  • Gastrointestinal complaints,
  • inflammatory bowel disease,
  • Irritable bowel syndrome,
  • Purification and detoxification cures

applied. However, Haritaki is also said to have a strengthening effect on the brain and heart, so that the application for promoting brain and memory functions and for strengthening the heart and blood vessels is common.

Interesting facts: In many representations, the Buddha holds a Haritaki fruit in his hands. This symbolizes that Haritaki is recommended by the top scholars of Indian writing.

An overview of the effective ingredients in Triphala

  • vitamin C
    stimulates the metabolism, strengthens the immune system and the organs.
  • Antioxidants
    have a cleansing, astringent, vascular and cell protective, hemostatic, immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effect.
  • Laxative
    have a digestive, laxative, detoxifying and purifying effect.

Application and dosage

The use of the trifruit is usually relatively simple. Before a cure or long-term detoxification with Triphala, it is advisable to consult an Ayurveda expert. Since the herbal mixture has a strong laxative effect, an extreme loss of nutrients could result from a sustained overdose. Otherwise, it is sufficient to follow the following dosage instructions for Triphala:

Triphala powder tea

The Triphala herbal blend is made by grinding the three fruits it contains. The resulting triphala powder is ideal for the preparation of a healing triphala tea for the treatment of digestive or respiratory problems.
Preparation of Triphala powder as tea: Half a teaspoon of Triphala powder
is stirred into 150 to 200 milliliters of boiling water and then cooled.

Tip: It is recommended to drink this tea once in the morning on an empty stomach, immediately after getting up and once in the evening before going to bed. If the taste of Triphala is too dominant, a little honey and lemon can be added.

Triphala in capsule or tablet form

Triphala capsules and tablets also contain the powder of the three fruits. In the case of the capsules, it is usually coated with vegetable cellulose, whereas tablets contain the triphala powder in compressed form.

Both are recommended for severe diseases of the respiratory tract or digestive tract as well as in situations in which the preparation of triphalatee is too expensive (for example when traveling). The preparations also offer a good alternative to people who do not like the taste of triphalate tea.

It is recommended to take Triphala powder capsules and tablets with sufficient lukewarm water. It is generally not recommended to take it with meals.

Triphala paste for skin problems

The use of triphala as a paste for skin problems or minor wounds is relatively unknown. The paste can be made relatively easily from the powder of the three fruits:

  • Take two teaspoons of the Triphala powder,
  • mix it with some water and
  • stir the whole thing until you get a smooth paste.
  • The paste is applied to the affected skin area three times a day.

Due to the anti-inflammatory, cell-protecting and immune-strengthening antioxidants in Triphala, the paste can be used to support wound healing, but also to soothe the skin in the event of irritation.

Side effects and contraindications

There are no known drug-drug interactions. Only people who are taking blood-thinning medications or psychotropic drugs such as antidepressants should speak to a doctor before taking them. An overdose can lead to the loss of minerals or dehydration due to the laxative effect.

Triphala should not be consumed during pregnancy and lactation. In the course of pregnancy, the laxatives in the three-fruit mix could provoke premature labor. In turn, during breastfeeding, the ingredients of trifruit go into breast milk, which could trigger unforeseen side effects such as bloating or diarrhea in the baby.

If you experience an allergic reaction to Triphala, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing,
  • Swelling of the tongue or mouth,
  • Itching,
  • Redness of the skin
  • or rash on the skin

the remedy must be stopped immediately and a consultation with the family doctor may be necessary.

Triphala effects studies

Much praised miracles and rejuvenators are often a disappointment when it comes to actual use. Not so with Triphala. The blend of herbs has been studied very extensively, with sometimes fascinating results.

  • For example, an Indian study demonstrated the skin-protecting function of the three fruits. Another Indian study also demonstrated that Triphala ensures accelerated wound healing.
  • A Japanese study on the effects of Triphala on digestion and metabolism explains in detail how the herbal mixture can positively influence a whole range of systemic functions. Even the anti-inflammatory and blood cleansing effects of Triphala are confirmed here.
  • Even the immune-boosting effect of Triphala has been proven by another study. It seems that the herbal mixture is not without reason one of the most important means of Ayurvedic healing art.
  • The ingredients of Triphala have an anti-cancer effect, which is why the herbal mixture has been the subject of cancer research for several years.

Triphala products

You can buy Triphala mainly in specialist or online stores. One should pay attention to a good organic quality, because the fruits processed into powder should have ripened without chemical pretreatment.


Triphala is a proven, Ayurvedic remedy from Indian medicine. It combines the healing and health-promoting effects of three important fruits that give Triphala an immune-boosting, digestive, metabolism-stimulating and even skin-protecting function. What has been an efficient rejuvenating agent in India for centuries is gradually becoming more and more popular with us. With good reason, because the healing effects of the all-round talent of the Ayurveda philosophy have long been medically proven. (ma)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Miriam Adam, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch


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