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Triphala Ghrita: Uses, Benefits, Side effects & more!

By Dr Rajeev Singh +2 more

Introduction: 

There are three ingredients in Triphala ghrita (haritaki, vibhitaki, and amla). It’s a herbal Ayurveda remedy made with ghee. It is also used as a therapy in panchakarma. It has strong therapeutic action on eye disorders. Here, the ghee provides Triphala bhavana, which alters the physical qualities of essential medicine and gives it additional therapeutic properties. 1 

Triphala is a tridoshic Rasayana, which means its energetics are suitable for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Rasayanas, according to Charak, have the attributes of promoting strength and immunity. Triphala can be used in the very young, the infirmed, and the elderly because of these properties and tonic energetics. 2 


Ingredients & Nutritional Composition of Triphala Ghrita: 

Amla: Vitamin C, vital minerals, and amino acids are abundant in amla. It also contains antioxidants such as phenols, tannins, and curcuminoids, which are potent antioxidants. Antioxidants defend cells from damage that can lead to major diseases like cancer. Gooseberry extract may have anti-cancer potential, according to several in vitro studies. However, more studies and research are needed to fully comprehend the advantages for humans. 3 

Bibhitaki: Many antioxidants are found in bibhitaki, including ellagic acid, tannins, lignans, and flavones. The chemicals have anti-inflammatory properties and may enhance blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. 4 

Haritaki: Vitamin C, copper, iron, magnesium, and potassium are among the vitamins and minerals found in Haritaki. Haritaki, like the other triphala components, is high in antioxidants such as polyphenols, terpenes, and a compound called adenosine monophosphate. 5 

Therapeutic Uses of Triphala Ghrita

  • Triphala ghrita is also commonly used in snehakarma for cancer treatment.    
  • Hair loss, oedema, early-stage cataract, intermittent fever, erysipelas, eye pain with itching and discharge, excessive discharge in women, cough, and other eye and eyelid associated disorders may all benefit from triphala ghrita.  
  • It has laxative properties.  
  • It balances the body by removing the effects of pitta and vata. Snehana process requires Triphala ghrita. The severity of the condition determines the doses.  
  • Externally, Triphala ghrita is widely utilized in a procedure known as tarpana. 1  

Over the years, I have observed that Triphala Ghrita might promote hair growth and may have antioxidant properties. It is believed to work by nourishing the hair follicles, stimulating hair growth, and protecting the hair and scalp from damage caused by oxidative stress. This makes TG a potential option for improving hair health and preventing damage from free radicals.

Dr. Smita barode, BAMS

Benefits of Triphala Ghrita: 

Benefits of Triphala Ghrita for Immunity: 

Flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, saponin glycosides, and phenolic chemicals are thought to be responsible for Triphala’s immunomodulatory properties. 8 

Benefits of Triphala Ghrita for Inflammation: 

  • Triphala’s three fruits are high in antioxidants such flavonoids, polyphenols, saponins, vitamin C, and others.
  • Antioxidants can aid in the battle against free radicals in the body, and lower inflammation. 6,9 

Benefits of Triphala Ghrita in Dry Eye Syndrome: 

  • Triphala ghrita confers anti-inflammatory activity and stops T-cells from generating cytokines (mainly interleukin-6) that instigate the inflammatory component in dry eye syndrome.
  • In addition, thanks to its antibacterial activity, Triphala ghrita decreases inflammation and enhances lipid production in dry eye syndrome. 8 

In my observations, TG (Triphala Ghrita) has shown anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate itching. It works by reducing inflammation in the body and soothing the skin, providing relief from itching. This makes TG a potential option for managing inflammatory conditions and relieving discomfort associated with itching.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

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Benefits of Triphala Ghrita for Stress: 

  • Supplementation with Triphala ghrita has a stress-busting effect.
  • Triphala treatment protects cold stress-induced behavioral and biochemical abnormalities such as increased immobility, decreased rearing, grooming, and ambulation activity in animal models.
  • In addition, Triphala ghrita inhibits oxidative and cell-mediated immune response changes caused by stress in animals. Studies in humans are needed to gauge the benefits.7 

Benefits of Triphala Ghrita for Gut: 

  • Triphala has a gastroprotective effect in animals with stress-induced ulcers.
  • In a human clinical experiment, Triphala ghrita improved constipation, mucus production, abdominal pain, hyperacidity, and flatulence while also increasing stool frequency, yield, and consistency in individuals with digestive diseases.
  • Triphala reduced colitis in animal studies, owing to its antioxidant properties and high quantities of flavonoids in Triphala. 2 

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Based on my experience, Triphala Ghrita has shown potential in protecting against the negative effects of cold-induced stress. It has been observed to reverse behavioural changes and biochemical imbalances caused by stress, such as increased lipid peroxidation and corticosterone levels. This suggests that triphala may help in reducing stress-related symptoms and promoting overall well-being.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, MD

How to Use Triphala Ghrita? 

A spoonful of Triphala ghrita can be taken with water.1 Your physician will advise regarding the best dosage for you.  

Side Effects of Triphala Ghrita: 

Triphala has been shown to be safe in human studies at the recommended dosage. 10 

Precautions to Take with Triphala Ghrita: 

Triphala has been shown to be safe in human studies at the recommended dosage. However, there are no studies regarding safety in pregnancy, lactation and children. 10 

Interaction With Other Drugs: 

  • A few studies show that Triphala ghrita may inhibit the metabolism of cytochrome P450 which is an enzyme metabolizer. Hence, drugs that are metabolized via cytochrome P450 may be co-administered with caution as Triphala ghrita may increase the concentrations of these medicines. 11 

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Frequently asked questions: 

Can triphala ghrita be used for skin treatment? 

No, there isn’t any evidence of the beneficial effects of Triphala ghrita for skin treatments.

What are the different types of formulations triphala is available in?

Triphala churna (powder): churna made with triphala (Powder) Haritaki, bibitaki, and amlaki  It is suggested that it be taken with ghee, honey, or milk. 
Triphala kwatha (Decoction): is made by heating powder with water and then reducing it. The decoction is then filtered through a clean cloth, and the filtrate can be used to treat erysipelas, eruptions, scrotal enlargement, colic pain, worm infestation, and urinary diseases. In addition, it may be applied directly to open wounds and eyes, as well as used as a gargle for pharyngitis. 
Triphala taila (oil): Triphala powder is boiled with oil to prepare taila. It is used orally for the treatment of lassitude, obesity, and itching, as a gargle, as an enema, local application, and as snuff. 
Triphala masi (ash): is made by heating Triphala powder at a low temperature in a controlled environment for a long time (usually below 450  °C).  Bhasma is formed when prolonged heating at higher temperatures (over 450  °C) (White ash). Unlike Bhasma, Mashi/Masi is an intermediate product containing organic and inorganic ingredients. Triphala mashi can be used in upadamsha (soft chancre) to heal wounds when mixed with honey.  
Triphala ghrita (in ghee or clarified butter): This is prepared using ghee with the three herbs, Trikatu (a herbal compound of Indian Long Pepper (Piper longum), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), and Ginger (Zingiber officinale) paste, grapes (Vitis vinifera), Yestamadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Kutki (Picorrhyza korroa), and cardamom (Elettaria card. The Triphala decoction ratio is crucial, as it is three times higher than the other ingredients. Triphala ghrita is often used in conjunctivitis, blindness, and cataracts. Other uses of Triphala ghrita are for erysipelas, leucorrhoea, jaundice, Arbuda (tumor), greying, and hair loss. 10 

Does triphala helps in weight loss? 

Triphala has been linked to weight loss in several studies. People who took a tiny dose of Triphala every day lost more weight than those who received a placebo, according to one study. 12

Is triphala good for dental health? 

Triphala contains antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. These qualities may aid in the prevention of plaque build-up on teeth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. A mouthwash containing Triphala was reported to minimize plaque build-up and gum inflammation in one research. Another study found that Triphala could help persons with gum disease who were hospitalized reduce plaque and gum inflammation. 13 

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Reference: 

  1. Gumble SP, Nimbalkar MD, Bidwai VR, Deshmukh AR. Examination of Ghrita on Various Types of Chronic Diseases in Pediatrics. Pediatrics & Health Research. 2018;03(01).  
  1. Peterson CT, Denniston K, Chopra D. Therapeutic uses of Triphala in ayurvedic medicine. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2017;23(8):607–14.  
  1. Baliga, M. S., & Dsouza, J. J. (2011). Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn), a wonder berry in the treatment and prevention of cancer. European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 20(3), 225–239. doi:10.1097/cej.0b013e32834473f4  
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