Side effect of Triphala: How to safely consume this Ayurvedic remedy

Triphala is an age-old Ayurvedic and herbal remedy that consists of a combination of three different fruits: Indian Gooseberry, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. It is found in the form of powder, capsule, juice or extract and is said to treat several health issues including diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and gastrointestinal problems.
Holistic lifestyle coach and author Luke Coutinho has on several occasions talked about the many uses of Triphala.

In a facebook post, he says, “When it comes to Triphala, it’s something which is called Tri-Dosha, which means it is meant for all the doshas… right from the elderly people, the sick people, the young people to even children and young adults, this is something that can be used.”

He advises to check with one’s health professional before one uses it, but he says, “you can’t go wrong with nature.”

Taking to twitter, Coutinho has also mentioned in the past, the many helpful benefits of Triphala. According to him, it improves digestion and is a good laxative, it is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, good for diabetics, it helps lower cholesterol and also aids in weight loss. Additionally, Triphala is said to be good for eye and skin health.

But while the benefits of Triphala are wide-ranging, it is important to know the side effects it can induce.

Side effects of Triphala use

Eating Triphala may have several health benefits, but it may also cause certain side effects in some people.

It contains mild natural laxatives, which may cause diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Triphala is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, since no scientific studies have guaranteed their safety. Additionally, they can also lower the effectiveness of certain medications like blood thinners.

Furthermore, Indian gooseberry, an ingredient in Triphala may also make one prone to bruising and bleeding.

How to use Triphala safely?

While there are no standard doses of Triphala, it is available in the form of powder, juice, capsules, tablets and so on.

Experts suggest having Triphala between meals on an empty stomach for better absorption of the herb.

Triphala in the form of powder can be mixed with warm water and taken before meals.

Lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho warns against the blind use of Triphala. “It does not have to suit you,” he says.

“If you are on anti-epileptic drugs or anticonvulsants, do not take it. If you have a gene mutation, you want to make sure that you take proper advice to take these things. If you don’t have any of these issues, add it to your lifestyle… Wait for 3-4 days,” he says.

Gas, loose motions are some of the problems that can occur with Triphala use. Coutinho says it could be a sign that the body is detoxifying. However, if the symptoms persist, he recommends stopping the usage.

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