Harmful side effects of triphala

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 18, 2011

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  • Triphala purchased from non-reputable sources may contain additives or toxins.
  • In some cases triphala may trigger gastrointestinal problems.
  • Excessive intake of Triphala induces some side effects such as diarrhoea.
  • In acute cases, diarrhoea caused by triphala may result in dehydration.

Triphala is a famous alternative medicine which has been used in ayurveda since times immemorial. Triphala, as the name suggests, is a blend of three unique herbs namely harada, amla, and bihara. Triphala has numerous health benefits and ayurvedic experts consider this herbal formula quite safe.


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But depending on the body’s metabolism and immune system, some people often suffer from side effects of triphala. Moreover, the quality of Triphala also plays an important role in determining whether it is safe for consumption.

Side effects of triphala

Ayurvedic practitioners vouch on the efficacy and safety of triphala but also suggest procurement of this herb mix only from reputable sources. Triphala supplements purchased from a non-reputable source or manufacturer may contain additives or toxins which may result in the adverse effects upon consumption. In some cases, triphala may trigger gastrointestinal problems such as stomach upset and gas.

Sometimes, excessive intake of Triphala induces some side effects such as diarrhoea. For this very reason, pregnant women are strongly recommended to avoid this herbal mix.
In acute cases, diarrhoea caused by triphala may result in dehydration. Dehydration may further leave the sufferer feeling weak and exhausted.


side effects of triphala

One more indirect side effect of triphala is damage or harm to the colon muscles. Diarrhoea caused by excessive triphala is responsible for this side effect. Prolonged period of diarrhoea puts unnecessary strain on the muscles of the colon thereby causing other health issues. Difficulty in sleeping is yet another common side effect of triphala. The severity of sleep problem depends on the dosage of triphala.

Often triphala may trigger changes in cholesterol along with fluctuations in blood sugar levels. This side effect is particularly hazardous for people with heart ailments. In some rare conditions, triphala has been reported to trigger feelings of discomfort and nausea.

Triphala when taken with certain allopathic medicines can also cause drug reactions leading to potentially harmful health conditions. It is always advisable to consult an expert before taking triphala or any other ayurvedic supplement. Although triphala is a valuable herbal formula used to alleviate several health disorders, it is extremely important to consume it under the proper guidance of an ayurvedic expert and in the recommended dosages only.



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  • zahid randhawa15 Feb 2013

    Informative one.Please guide me that whether a chronic patient of diabetic[taking Insuline]and heart [taking Lowplate plus,tritace,concor etc.] can use Triphala without any fear or he should avoid this miracle.Thank you for guideline.

  • kalpana31 Aug 2012

    Triphala khana sehat ke liye achha hota hai...

  • rama31 Aug 2012

    Triphala is really gud for health... vry nice info

  • ramesh narayan rathi25 Aug 2012

    very simple treatment for piles is burn coir of coconut, seive it with fine muslin cloth to remove unburnt. Take one teaspoon with one glass of Jhach ( Butter removed curd solution empty stomach in morning, One hour before Lunch and one hour before dinner. one day dosages are enough but you can take for two days. After this clean your anus with your finger after every stool. This will ensure recurrance. I have used this and many more. Even after 11 years I have not faced piles again which I hood

  • ramesh narayan rathi25 Aug 2012

    Myself and my wife both are heart paitenst and we are using Triphal since last 6 years in proportion of 1:2:4 (Harad/ Baheda / Amla) in morning empty stomach in dosge of (Age devided by 10) grams. We have added Ashwagandha also in proportion of 50 grams ashwagandha to 250 grams of Triphala. We would like to say that both of us (aged 66 and 61) feel energetic and enjoy life.

  • Madhu14 Jul 2012

    Please rate : keralanaturals Triphala 500

  • sharad04 Jun 2012

    Without knowing any thing do not write and do not create panic to others.

  • Devendra28 May 2012

    please advise some effective treatment for piles without bleeding thanks

  • ranjana17 May 2012

    what is right time and the right way to cosume triphala powder?

  • Geri13 May 2012

    Don't forget, side effects of a drug or supplement don't effect everyone and may present differently to each individual. If you had a side effect with a supplement, before questioning the quality of the supplement, question your possible sensitivity or allergy to it. Remember, your best way to good health is always to get your nutritional needs from the foods you eat before supplements. Enough water, sleep and exercise and relaxation are all part of the formula to good health.

  • Dalip Singh21 Jan 2012

    I often feel unconfortable after taking Darbur's Isabgol with Triphala.I wonder if the triphala in their isabgol is of good quality.I have stopped taking this but do occassionally take the plain isabgol which does no harm

  • neetesh kumar 23 Dec 2011

    i think there is no side effect, if u take in proper way and dose, in my openion if your diet is not in proper way and in proper doses it has also side effects and harm you....., Neetesh kumar ishwar.

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