A Different Kind of Weight Loss with Triphala

Cleansing with TriphalaMost weight-loss programs focus on calories and dietary fat, eating less food and doing more exercise. What if there was a different way to lose weight with triphala?

Modern processed foods are often difficult to digest properly and can sometimes become stuck within the digestive system as compacted waste matter, trapped in the folds of the lower intestine. This compacted waste is also a prime breeding ground for parasites (which is a whole other health issue) and can be the pathway for toxins entering your bloodstream.

Of course this is not a very pleasant topic, but it is an important one if you’re interested in weight loss and good health in general.

A poorly functioning digestive system means you’re unlikely to be getting much nutrition from the food you eat. This tends to stimulate hunger, leading to weight gain, as well as general tiredness and the feeling of being run down.

Longer-term, the health implications are much more serious. It has been said that all disease starts in the gut. That may be hard to verify, but it’s pretty clear that good health is incredibly difficult without good digestion. That’s where using triphala for weight loss can help.

Triphala as an Internal Cleanser

Triphala is an ancient Ayurvedic preparation of three dried fruits – amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki – with incredible body cleansing and rejuvenating properties.

Taken in a certain way and at a certain time, triphala is a highly effective digestive system cleanser, gently clearing away trapped waste products and toxic compounds. Importantly, triphala doesn’t just clear out your system, it also nourishes and rejuvenates the membrane lining of the gastrointestinal tract.

Triphala has many other beneficial effects on your body, including cleansing the liver and kidneys and purifying the blood. I’d recommend reading more about triphala’s many health benefits here and also checking up on potential precautions with triphala as well. For this page, let’s focus on using it to lose weight.

How to Use Triphala for Weight Loss

Practitioners of Ayurveda recommend taking triphala churna in water as a tea. They believe it is important to taste the mixture to get its full benefits and start off the positive effect it has on your digestive process.

To be honest, the tea doesn’t taste that great when you first start. Especially to Western taste buds, conditioned to expect everything to be sweet. But if losing weight is important to you, can you handle downing something that isn’t saturated in fattening sugar?

Interestingly, after a while it seems to lose its bitterness and becomes much more palatable. Perhaps this is due to the balance of tastes said to be present in triphala. According to Ayurvedic theory, we taste what we most need when we are out of balance.

triphala powder for weight lossIf you think the taste could stop you using it regularly then triphala capsules are available and admittedly more convenient than the powder.

If you’re making the tea, start off by adding a relatively level teaspoon of high quality triphala powder like this to a cup of hot but not quite boiling water (turn off the kettle before it boils or use hot water from the tap). Don’t add any sugar or honey. Stir it up well then let it sit for at least twenty minutes, preferably an hour or more to let the beneficial compounds really infuse into the water.

When you have it there’s no need to sip it. Drink it straight down and you won’t taste it that much.

You can drink this triphala tea both before bed, well after you have finished dinner, and again first thing in the morning, at least half an hour before breakfast. For a more advanced way to make it see the page on how to take triphala for digestive health.

It’s best to wait until you’ve been to the bathroom before having breakfast when taking triphala in the mornings. This shouldn’t be a problem if you had it before going to bed.

Triphala churna also tends to stimulate the urge quite quickly when taken in the morning as well. If you know you have to eat and be out the front door quickly then having the triphala weight loss tea only before bed may be more preferable.

2 Ways Triphala Helps You Weigh Less

You may be surprised at just how effective really clearing out your system properly is at helping you to lose weight. There is one obvious reason for this and another not so obvious one.

Most people who start an effective cleanse using triphala drop a few pounds quite quickly, just from the amount of crap they are clearing out of their system.

That’s a good start, but longer-term an properly functioning digestive system means your body is getting the nutrients it needs more easily, so it doesn’t tend to stimulate hunger as much.

If your body has poor digestion and assimilation, you may eat a lot of food but not get the important minerals, vitamins and other nutrients you need. Your body knows it requires these substances to operate effectively and stimulates more hunger in an attempt to get them.

This doesn’t change the fact that you’re not absorbing the nutrients you need (or parasites are taking them before you get the chance). But you end up eating more food anyway, usually high carbohydrate processed foods. These simple carbohydrates are absorbed very quickly and unfortunately are very easily converted to and stored as body fat.

Using triphala regularly can help break the weight gain cycle by getting your digestive system working again to absorb the nutrition you need, and thus reducing the amount of hunger you feel due to a lack of nutrition.

At the same time, it’s very important to support it with plenty of vegetables, greens, berries, nuts, seeds and slow digesting fruits, along with healthy protein sources. Any of the superfoods featured on this site are a good example of a high nutrient food that satisfies hunger in much smaller amounts than supermarket junk foods.

The majority of people find that once their digestive systems are working again and they are eating predominantly healthy food, the hunger and cravings they used to have disappear.

No counting calories. No starving yourself. Neither of these work long-term. Exercise is important, particularly first thing before breakfast if you really want to maximize the fat burning potential.

But ultimately, effective digestion, assimilation and elimination are the vital first steps to long-term weight loss. And cleansing to lose weight with triphala churna has to be one of the simplest and best way to get that started.

Unlike the myriad of fat burning products out there, triphala is completely natural and relatively inexpensive. After researching different brands, I settled on this one because it’s organic, from a good company and comes well reviewed. If you prefer capsules then these are good value and have positive feedback on various forums.

I hope you’ll try triphala if you think it could help you get to your ideal weight. It probably won’t be long before it’s all over the TV as the latest weight-loss miracle. We’d only be a few thousand years behind the people of India, but maybe there’s a chance we’d finally stop this low-fat, calorie counting nonsense and find something that actually works.

Photo 1 credit: trentroche / Photo 2 credit: trentroche /Photo 3 credit: Alessandro S. Alb

71 Responses to “A Different Kind of Weight Loss with Triphala”

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  1. Nicole says:

    I’ve taken the Triphala capsules for 1 week and still no results. I have taken as direct it with one full glass of water
    What am I doing wrong?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Nicole,

      The effects of the Triphala capsules are much more subtle than the powder and apparently take longer to be beneficial. As I wrote in the article and here – http://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-take-triphala-churna – I personally think the traditional powder is far more effective.

    • Catherine says:

      It took me 3 month to really notice much weight loss, but it worked! I just lost my desire to eat so much, and lost weight without trying. I went from 5’4″ 115# to 106#, my weight in my 20s. The only thing that’s ever worked for me!

      • Jim says:

        Hi Catherine and thanks for your comments and sharing your results. I think permanant weight loss often takes a bit longer but it’s obviously worth it. It sounds like the triphala cleared up internal issues that were behind hunger for certain types of foods.

        All the best.

  2. Jasmine says:

    hi jim.. i’ve heard dat one glass of lemon juice mixd wid hny in d morning be4 brkfst.. after lunch – one glass hot water mixd wid trifla n in d ngt just b4 bed drinking – 1 glass hot water mixed wid methi powder helps reducing weight.. bt wid some physical wrkouts.. bt jim u knw dese ayurvedic powders are too bitter.. so m confused hw much gms of dese powders b taken at one tym.. plz tell me

    • Jim says:

      Hi Jasmine,

      This page has more on how to take triphala for losing weight – http://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-take-triphala-churna and the glass of fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning is also very helpful (though I’d ditch the honey unless it’s Manuka).

      It’s actually a good thing that the triphala is bitter. Your body really needs bitter right now and everything shouldn’t be so sweet. I’d recommend dealing with a few seconds of bitter taste for the longer term benefits of a looking and feeling great. You can mix it up well and shot the triphala down quickly if you like, but ultimately the less sweet and the more bitter and sour constitutes you can get at the moment will be beneficial.

      Hope this helps.

      • Jasmine says:

        Hi jim… plz do me one more favour.. my height is 5’1″ n age is 21 .. i want to increase height.. can u help me in increasing my height? dnt say dat my growing age is gone now..ya i knw ds thng bt still dere r some bones like femur which fuse very late like at d age of 25.. so plz help me out wid sum ayurvedic treatment to increase my height..i wud b very thankful to u

        • Jim says:

          Hi Jasmine. That’s not really my area and am not sure it’s possible. I’d talk to an ayurvedic practitioner if you believe it is.

          Best Regards.

        • Jasmine says:

          thnks :-)

    • Isabel says:

      What language are you using, Jasmine?

  3. BK says:

    Thanks for the article! I’ve been taking triphala every night for about a year and a half… and it has done wonders. I didn’t need the weight loss – but it helped my digestion immeasurably. My secret recipe for health and happiness: Kundalini yoga, triphala (1/4 tsp in hot water… more if “necessary”), and no gluten. This has been the trifecta that has brought about mental clarity, health, strength and vitality (and a more toned mid-section). Feeling better than ever. Hope more people get onboard – ayurveda rather than pills to mask symptoms! :-)

    • Jim says:

      Hi BK and thanks for your comments.

      I agree triphala can have a very positive effect on your overall health, not just for losing weight. It’s great to hear that you’ve found a combination that’s working so well for you and hopefully other people reading will be inspired to consider all of these for themselves.

  4. Kaity says:

    A little background about me, I started having joint pain about a year and a half ago when I was 19 (I am now 21, about to be 22). I now see a rheumatologist because it is believed that I have an autoimmune disease, likely rheumatoid arthritis. The only solid diagnosis I have is benign joint hyper mobility, which ontop of the arthritis has been causing me daily chronic pain and much fatigue. I ended up not exercising anymore due to pains, fear of damaging my joints or injuring myself, or just plain tiredness. I have since gained 30 lbs and have been virtually unable to get rid of it and my rheumatologist highly suggests I do to help decrease pressure on the joints and therefore decreasing my pain levels.
    Also, I’m on many medications, the main ones I am concerned about that could possibly interact with Triphala are Methotrexate and Plaquenil. Do you have any information on any known interactions between these medications and the Triphala? I am going to speak to my doctor about it as well, but do not see him for over a month from now.
    I just got Triphala tablets recently, and today is day 4 of taking them. The bottle says to take 2 tablets in the morning and two before bed, and are 1,000mg each. The first and second day I only took one tablet, then yesterday I took one tablet in the morning and two before bed last night. Then today in the morning I took two tablets. Not sure whether or not I’m going to take one or two this evening. I am trying to find my comfort zone with this without having to experience adverse effects. I just today feel as if its working, for reasons I won’t delve into, it would be TMI, lol.
    My main question is, when should I expect to see weight loss results from the tablets at the dosage I’m on, and how quickly? If it helps any my height and weight are 5’7” and 170lbs.
    Thank you for your time!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Kaity and apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Looks like I missed this comment with a bunch of other coming in at the same time and putting it on the next page.

      I can’t find anything on reactions between triphala and prescription drugs like methotrexate or plaquenil, though you are right to speak to your doctor on this. The general rule is to take any herbal/natural treatments away from prescription medicines.

      It’s hard to give estimates of the kind of weight loss you can achieve with triphala and how quickly as everyone responses differently, but clearing out and tonifying your digestive system with it can certainly help with losing weight.

      I personally find the triphala powder more effective if you can take it at a dosage of 1 teaspoon left to sit in water overnight and taken first thing in the morning. It doesn’t taste great but certainly works.

      Cutting right down on grain based carbohydrates is, in my opinion, the best thing you can do for weight loss. We often need more, rather than less healthy fats like avocado as well and these help fill us up and stop craving nutritionally empty processed carbs – http://superfoodprofiles.com/is-avocado-fattening

      Hope this helps.

  5. sunita says:

    hi, Where can I buy this triphala thing? I think, after reading article thoroughly, it is a powder like substance you mix with hot water and drink. just like coffee. Am I right? Are there any proper brand which sells the right one. is there any website from where I can buy it? please I want to try it. If you could help me get to the right product it would be great help! Thankyou.

  6. raveesh malik says:

    I’ts really effective now i will folloiw it regularly and get slium down

  7. Par says:

    Hi Jim,
    Thanks for all the great info. I had a baby 3 months ago and am nursing. Is it safe for me to take triphala while nursing? Thanks

    • Jim says:

      Hi there,

      According to Banyan Botanicals who make a great triphala – “There is a specific classification for pregnancy and nursing and all of the herbs in Triphala are considered by the Botanical Safety handbook to be safe when nursing or pregnant.”

  8. mrsdmk says:

    I have been taking triphala capsules on and off for about 5 months and they really do help with so many issues….and it does produce results. I too find it very bitter and cant take it in powder form but here’s a tip for any of you who don’t know about this…..YOU CAN BUY SUPPLEMENTS IN POWDER FORM & FILL YOUR OWN CAPSULES. As long as you get your herbal supplements from a dependable company you can custom make your own capsules…plus it costs much less $$$$$$ that way.

    • Jim says:

      Hi and thanks for your comments.

      Yes this is a good method for saving on supplements. I’ve heard of little machines that do this as well which might make sense in the long term.

  9. Will says:

    I started taking Triphala in June/ 2013. I was 240 at the time. As of December when I weighed myself I am 198. 42 pounds in six months is not bad. Most weight I have lost ever, and kept it off.. I take 1 triphala tablet when I wake up 1hour before I eat, take 1 tablet before lunch and 1 tablet before I go to sleep at night. And drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  10. Preethamanoj says:

    Hai dis id d 2nd day of using triphala powder.iam taking a teaspoon powder with warm water and drink after one hour of dinner at night. I shall i continue in dis way to lose 15kgs

  11. Kiran says:

    Hi, I am taking amla juice first in the morning. Continuing with this, Can I take triphala powder or capsules in the night after dinner (before i got to bed)? Please guide. Having amla in the morning and triphala in the night will be fine?

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Kiran,

      I think that would be fine and a good combination for better health. Fresh amla juice or the amla powder in water is preferable to commercial amla juice with sugar and other additives though.

      All the best

  12. landiwe says:

    I incidentally bumped on Triphala from my local Indian Shop in East London South Africa. I had chronic joint probs between the leg & the thighs, and I have taken Triphala for over 2 weeks and Iam feeling better, my IBS problems and severe constipation is getting better, I sleep well, and I generally feel fresh for a 61 year old lady.

    I have more strenght & perform better at the gym and my knee joints have gotten better I actually dont feel knee pains anymore, and dont limp when I get off bed in the morning like in the past 2 years. I have lost appetite though and my weight seems to be going down. Can I give my elderly 83 year old Triphala ? I had bought it for her a few weeks ago, she hasnt taken much of it as she suddenly got very sick & has some bad bedsores from lack of care at her home since I dont stay with her. Could we use Triphala to cleanse her wounds on her bum where the bedsores are? how soon can this help her. She is extremely weak also from the sickness & can we make her a drink & mix some triphala to assist get her back on her knees again as she is bedridden for almost a few days

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Landiwe,

      It sounds like triphala is working well for you and well worth using for yourself with such good results.

      It’s difficult for anyone other than an attending health care professional to suggest treatment for someone like your friend in such a weak state and I haven’t heard of triphala being used much as an external treatment. I do hope she gets better but think you need to consult a health care professional to see if she can tolerate a low dosage or whether she is better off getting a bit better first.

      All the best.

  13. Aksha says:

    Hi am 24 years old then i have 11 months old child my weight is 59 height 5`2 i want to reduce my weight but i have thyroid issue can this triphala powder helps me to reduce weight

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Ho Aksha,

      A good holistic practitioner should be able to help with your thyroid issues but triphala can clear out digestive problems that often hamper weight loss.

      All the best.

  14. krish says:

    A great information about triphala.now my weight is 133kgs.my age 32.i had done gym 2hours everyday for sixty days.i had lost one kg.i really disoppionted.i had use weight loss drugs clenbeautrol 0.05mg.no use.but this article give me what parasites doing in our digestive system.why craving about food.so I want start right now triphala choorna.and waiting for miracles

  15. Karen Doll says:

    Hi Jim,
    Since finding your website, I’ve been reading about the benefits of taking Triphala. I bought a bottle of the capsules and began taking them yesterday. However, I’m a bit confused as to the correct way to take capsules. On the bottle, it states to take 1-2 capsules in the am and pm with water. I believe you suggested to take Triphala a half hour before meals. On other sites, comments showed people taking the capsules before bedtime. My main purpose in taking them is to cleanse out all the gunk inside my digestive system and to help me to lose weight (I’m not severely overweight, I’ve just gained about 20-30 lbs. due to taking an anti-anxiety med. and just not being active enough to counteract the weight gain)So, please help?
    Also, I love your superfoods site! I’ve found such great information that I plan to incorporate into my diet. Thanks!!!!Karen

  16. vicky mehta says:

    I am suffering from my belly fat and i want to reduce my belly fat only not whole body and i have gas problem also so shd i take triphala churan and how please help me.

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Vicky,

      I think triphala can be particularly good for reducing your waistline with its cleansing effects detailed in the article. It’s also likely to help with gas problems as well.

      All the best.

  17. Shalini says:

    Hi ,
    Curently I am drinking fenugreek powder with garlic clove ,first thing when i wake up, I am planning to start using Triphala also, should i stop fenugreek and garlic or i can take along with that ,may be after an hour of drinking triphala?

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Shalini,

      I don’t think there would be any negative interactions with these herbs but it would be better to take the triphala first thing and then the fenugreek and garlic at least 15 minutes or more after, ideally both before breakfast.

      Hope this helps.

  18. Zee says:


    Where can I get Triphala in South Africa? I am in Port Elizabeth.

    Please reply soonest.


  19. c Patange says:

    Triphala powder is a miracle medicine. My experience, I lost 3kgs in 4 weeks, my knee,ankle ,finger JTS pain almost gone,inflammation reduced, BP reduced,eye sight reasonably improved (typed without glasses).I am 58,I take tea one t s at night 1 hr after dinner & 1 t s morning with ample of water. No problem or side effect.Lfeel better & fresh than B4.

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi there and thanks for your comments.

      That really is a great result with triphala. I hope it inspires other people to give it a try and see what it can do for their health.

      All the best.

  20. Helga Taylor says:

    Hi I have logged on to the suggested website to purchase the Triphala. The Planetary Herbal Triphala says that you mix the powder with hot water as you say, but then it says that you must drink the liquid after the powder has settled at the bottom and then you can reuse the powder again. Is this the one you recommend or am I missing the right one.

  21. pyari zindgi says:

    I want to lose weight through triphla. Bt I cnt handle with sour taste. . Unfortunately Because f it .. I get pain in ear.. nd swelling in joints. Cn I still start with it?

  22. ruban says:

    i am 22 years old , i am having acne problem from past 5 years ..according to doctors its hormonal in-balance.
    can Triphala powder help to cure this ?

  23. Vidhya says:

    Hi Jim,

    My schedule is really hectic as my office begins at 8am and i leave home at 6 and its the computer job, till 6pm and come back home by 8pm..and i m really exhausted and have dinner and sleep. This job role has made me to put on weight from 62 to 75 kgs. i m 26yrs, 5.7 height, and i want to reduce my weight, kindly tell me the procedure to have this triphala powder, whether everyday or weekly etc. Thanks Vidhya

  24. Hariharan says:

    Hi, I want to know if triphala is good for thyroid patient to consume daily or does it have any adverse effect? As you normally see that people hypothyroidism suffer with excess body weight, I believe your advice on this will help a lot of people. Thank you!

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi there,

      Triphala is highly beneficial for digestion and elimination which can be a problem for people with thyroid conditions. In Ayurveda it is said to be an excellent tonic for bring the body back into balance.

      I can’t see of any adverse effects for thyroid condition sufferers specifically for triphala beyond those discussed here http://superfoodprofiles.com/triphala-side-effects-precautions but you’d want to take it away from any medications.

      Hope this helps,


  25. kira says:

    I have started taking trifila from last 3 days to lose weight as I am 15 kg overweight.
    In the morning I put one spoon trifala power in hot water.And in the night after dinner I take it.And again refill hot water in same glass and drink in the morning.
    Is this right way.

  26. parul chauhan says:

    I lost 0.5 inches from my belly in just 5 days!
    My schedule was like this:
    – 1 glass of water – 5:15 a.m.
    – morning jog
    – neem leaves with 1 glass of water – 6:10 a.m. and green tea.(organic tulsi green tea)
    – trifla powder soaked in 3/4 glass of water at night then boiled to half amount and strained! Add lemon n honey! Drink the concoction hot!

    All this in morning! ^ and then a bit of exercise…for 1 hour!

    I ate normal indian food chapati salad vegetables!

  27. saadi says:


    I am having Triphala juice every morning empty stomac. Every night I will soak one-one seed for all three ( Hara , bahera and Amla) and morning I will drink. I started this 70days ago to reduse hair grying & to reduse weight also. Please advice me do I need to drink juice at Night also before going to Bed. It will help to reduse hair grying? Please response.

  28. Zoha says:

    Hey!! I just want to know by using this powder is there any side effects?? PlZz tell me?? I want to lose weight around 15 kgs very fast plz tell me

  29. Deb says:

    I’ve been considering coffee enemas for alternative cancer detox treatments. Triphala seems to have similar benefits with the addition of actually strengthening the intestinal membranes. Could triphala be used instead of the coffee enemas or in conjunction with? In your opinion which method would be better. The triphala would certainly be easier! Thanks for your answer.

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Deb,

      Apparently triphala enemas are used but I have no experience in enemas so would suggest consulting a practitioner on them. Taking the triphala for intestinal cleansing at the same time would be recommended though.

      All the best,


  30. Niket says:

    I am 21 years old and I am 88 kg..would the triphala churn help to reduce my weight.

  31. Dean says:

    Hi! I just came across the Ayuverdic product Triphala, One of my friends insisted on using it as he said it helps on weight loss.
    I’v bought the capsules, I just want to know the proper routine of taking it daily, in terms of supporting weight loss.

    Thanks and Cheers!

  32. shan says:

    I bought triphala juice. I don’t know how to takeit. I want to take this juice for fissure problem. Given dosage 30ml twice a day. But, before or after, that I don’t know. Pls clarify my doubt.
    Thank you.

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