How do I Reduce Triphala Side Effects?

Angela Crout-Mitchell

The most common triphala side effects are related to the digestive tract and include diarrhea, dehydration due to diarrhea, and the potential of damage to the colon muscles if the symptoms are not rectified. For most people, reducing the side effects of this herbal therapy is as simple as taking the appropriate doses, ensuring the product is of the best and purest quality, and seeking the advice of a holistic or ayurvedic doctor. This all natural medication is used to treat fever, minor pain, and can also be used as tonic for the blood. In most cases, it is well tolerated and very few people experience difficulties unless the triphala is taken in incorrect amounts.

Dehydration can be a side effect of triphala if adequate fluids cannot be kept in the body.
Dehydration can be a side effect of triphala if adequate fluids cannot be kept in the body.

Triphala side effects are most often attributed to the patient ingesting too much of the herbal remedy for their weight, tolerance, or needs. It is commonly recommended that people begin taking this supplement in one to two gram doses. The patient may be able to add to the recommended dosage, not to exceed five or six grams in a day. During this time period, the person is advised to take note of any unwanted symptoms such as diarrhea and stomach upset. Often, dosage modification is the only change needed to eliminate the unpleasant side effects.

Patients with digestive disorders should not take triphala.
Patients with digestive disorders should not take triphala.

This popular ayurvedic medicine is a combination Indian gooseberries, beleric myrobalan, and chebulic myrobalan. As with any type of natural supplement or remedy, the patient should be careful to ensure that the ingredients used in the remedy are from pure sources and do not contain any unnecessary additives. Triphala is most commonly available in powder and capsule forms for easy use and dosing. Consumers can learn more about this supplement and the triphala side effects directly from the manufacturers and from online, reputable sources.

Pregnant women should never use triphala due to the risk of side effects.
Pregnant women should never use triphala due to the risk of side effects.

Many professionals in the medical community suggest only using triphala when prescribed by a qualified doctor or holistic physician to ensure proper dosage and to reduce the potential of unwanted side effects. Some patients, such as pregnant women, should never use this medication due to the possibility of the triphala side effects. Some ayurvedic doctors discourage patients with digestive disorders from taking triphala as a safety precaution. A qualified professional will also be able to instruct each patient on the most appropriate type and amount of triphala for their needs, reducing the potential for adverse side effects. With some modifications to the dosage, most people find they can benefit from this supplement with little to no problem.

Triphala may be used to reduce fever.
Triphala may be used to reduce fever.
Triphala may be used to treat minor pain.
Triphala may be used to treat minor pain.
Most triphala side effects are related to the digestive tract, and can be severe.
Most triphala side effects are related to the digestive tract, and can be severe.

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anon939380

How much is a gram?

anon274805

I've been taking this herb (our tablets/day) for a several weeks. Last night after taking my nightly two-tablet-dose, I had intense intestinal pain; it was relieved somewhat when some gas passed, but it was intense. I never had a reaction like this before. I know I'm battling candida and am wondering if that can be a part of the strong reaction I had.

I did not take any tablets today and will monitor my dosage (take fewer per day), but I must say I was extremely surprised and unpleasantly so, by the symptoms. Also, even though bloated, I did not have a bowel movement. Strange!

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