Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:
Triphala (“three fruits”), widely used by natural Ayurvedic healers in India for thousands of years, is the powdered mixture of dried form of 3 different fruits: Harada, Amla and Bihara. It is prized in Ayurveda for its ability to balance the doshas (the elements of body and mind), strengthen and tonify the internal muscles of the bowels, cleanse the gastro-intestinal tract in a natural and gentle way.
The most commonly suggested starting dosage of Thriphala is one teaspoon (around 4 grams) of the powder, stirred vigorously into a glass of hot water and to leave this mixture to settle for ideally a day. Drink the whole glass in one sitting, leaving the sediment at the bottom. Then refill the sediment containing glass with hot water, mix it well and leave it to use again a second time. The best time to have Triphala is in the evening, a couple of hours after dinner and just before bed.
To use it as a laxative to counter constipation, increasing the dosage to 2 teaspoons (around 8 grams) of powder is recommended. Drinking more of the sediment is also likely to be effective on constipation.
As a digestive aid before meals triphala capsules or tablets can also be taken. Dosages of capsules are usually lower and 2 capsules half an hour before a meal with a large glass of warm water can be taken. The rejuvenating and balancing properties of the triphala capsules are noticed more than the powder dose.
Use higher doses for constipation for shorter periods only, perhaps just a day or two if needed. Triphala churna is much safer and non addictive than other types of laxatives as its rejuvenating properties help to offset the potentially depleting effects of using a laxative.
Caution: Any laxatives, natural or artificial, should not be taken regularly.