Triphala For Weight Loss: How Does It Help?

Discover the strength of this Ayurvedic ingredient and make it a part of your weight loss journey.

Medically reviewed by Merlin Annie RajMerlin Annie Raj, RD (Registered Dietitian)
By Charushila BiswasCharushila Biswas, MSc (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist  • 

The use of triphala for weight loss is popular in Ayurveda. As the name suggests, Triphala is a mixture of three (tri) fruits (Phala), namely amla (amalaki or Indian gooseberry or Emblica officinalis), harada (haritaki or Terminalia chebula), and behada (bibhitaki or Terminalia bellirica). These fruits can flush out the toxins, keep your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine healthy, and promote your overall health. This Ayurvedic diet supplement may also reduce cholesterol, boost metabolism, improve immunity, and combat many microbial infections (1). Learn more about its role in weight loss. Read on.

Fun Fact
Amla, is amongst the oldest edible fruits in India. Haritaki is considered to be “the king of medicines” in Ayurveda. Bibhitaki has a more notorious reputation for growing on a tree believed to be haunted by demons by the people of Northern India.

Triphala For Weight Loss

Triphala for weight loss

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Taking Triphala, in combination with healthy food habits and a proper exercise regimen, helps reduce unwanted fat.

Several studies have demonstrated the beneficial role that Triphala plays in fat loss and subsequent weight loss:

  • A study was conducted by Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India) on mice that were fed a high-fat diet. It found that giving the mice Triphala helped reduce body weight as well as body-fat percentagei  XThe amount of fat in the body in comparison to its lean mass (which consists of muscles, organs, bones, and body water). . It also resulted in an improvement in their lipid profile and glucose levels (2).
  • Another study conducted on obese individuals in Iran found that supplementation of 5 g Triphala (Itrifal Sagir) powder twice a day helps reduce body weight, waist circumference, and hip circumference (3).
Did You Know?
Triphala is not only widely recommended in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for weight loss and detoxification but also mentioned in Al-Qanun fit-tib or the “Canon of Medicine,” an encyclopedia compiled by Persian philosopher Ibn Sina.

To find out how to add Triphala to your diet to aid weight loss, check out the next section.

How to Use Triphala Churna for Weight Loss

Triphala is available in the form of powder or tablets at pharmacies and Ayurvedic stores. You can also buy it online. Here are a few ways to take Triphala to improve your overall health and aid weight loss.

1. Triphala Powder And Cold Water

Triphala Powder And Cold Water

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Add two teaspoons of Triphala powder in a glass of water and let it soak overnight. Drink the Triphala water first thing in the morning.

2. Triphala Powder And Warm Water

Add a tablespoon of Triphala powder in a glass of water and let it soak overnight. In the morning, boil this water until its volume reduces to half. Let it cool for some time. Drink it in one go.

3. Triphala Powder, Honey, And Cinnamon

Add a tablespoon of Triphala powder and a small stick of cinnamon to a glass of water. Let it soak overnight. In the morning, add a tablespoon of organic honey to this water and drink it at one go.

4. Triphala Tablet

Have one tablet per day with warm or cold water before you go to bed.

5. Triphala Tea

Triphala tea for weight loss

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Boil a cup of water and add a tablespoon Triphala powder to it. Let it boil for 30 seconds. Pour the water into a cup and let it cool. Add a tablespoon of flaxseed powder and a dash of lime before drinking.

Triphala Dosage for Weight Loss

Spoonful of triphala for weight loss

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Taking 10 g of Triphala powder before breakfast and after dinner aids weight loss (3). Drink a glass of lukewarm water after taking Triphala for better results.

Other Health Benefits Of Triphala

Triphala powder and supplements have many health benefits

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  • Triphala has gastroprotective effects. It reduces constipation and bloating, removes toxins from the body, and helps in the management of hyperacidityi  XA condition characterized by excess acid production in the stomach that leads to inflammation of the stomach lining.  (4).
  • The phenolic compoundsi  XChemical compounds found in plants rich in anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antiviral properties. present in Triphala possess antioxidant properties and, thus, help in scavenging free radicalsi  XUnstable oxygen molecules in the body that raise the risk of chronic ailments like cardiovascular disease and cancer. (5).
  • A clinical study revealed that taking 5 g of Triphala daily for 45 days helps in the lowering of blood glucose levels (6).
  • Triphala has been found to reduce total cholesterol, triglyceridei  XA type of fat coming from excess intake of oils, butter, and other fatty foods, the high levels of which can elevate heart disease risk. , and LDL cholesterol levels in experimentally-induced hypercholesteremic rats (7).
  • Triphala boosts immunity and is effective in reducing stress and anxiety (1).

Triphala Reviews

Customer reviews for Triphala tablets have been positive:

  • “Triphala definitely helps my digestion system. The most important thing is that it takes time. Not a quick fix. Noticed improvement after about two weeks of daily usage.” – LC369
  • “It works, and I would recommend it to anyone who needs to be relieved without waiting too long.” – Dilnaz
  • “I’ll continue to use as it does what’s suppose to do for healthy digestion & elimination.” – mcdm

Triphala Churna has a special place in Ayurveda with regard to weight loss as its benefits are backed by scientific evidence. It may help improve lipid profile, reduce body-fat percentage and waist and hip circumference, and lower glucose levels. Use Triphala for weight loss by mixing the powder with warm or normal water and letting it soak overnight. Then, drink it in the morning. You can also make tea with it or add honey and cinnamon for added benefits. For effective results, drink 10 g of Triphala powder with water before breakfast and after dinner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should not take Triphala?

Triphala is believed to lower blood pressure or lead to mild digestive problems like flatulence or diarrhea. Hence, those with low blood pressure or a history of digestive issues must refrain from consuming Triphala.

Can I take Triphala during periods?

Possibly not. While taking a spoonful of Triphala powder mixed in water a couple of days prior to your periods is believed to help ease menstrual irregularities, taking it during your periods may lead to heavy bleeding. Consult your doctor for more information in this regard.

Can I take Triphala with milk?

Yes. According to Ayurveda, Triphala with milk may help relieve constipation and boost digestion.

Key Takeaways

  • Triphala is an Ayurvedic formulation of three Indian herbs: Amla, Harada, and Behada.
  • Studies have shown that it helps reduce weight and body-fat percentage.
  • You can have it with water, tea, or supplements to reap its benefits.


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