Easy Home Remedy For Cough With Trikatu

Trikatu is a very famous Ayurvedic combination of three spices, used extensively in numerous home remedies. It is a simple combination of three spices – black pepper, long pepper and ginger. Let us learn a home remedy for cough using this simple spice blend. 

Home remedy for cough


Shunti Churna – Dry Ginger powder – 10 grams
Maricha Churna – Black Pepper powder – 10 grams
Pippali Chruna – Long pepper powder – 10 grams
Cow ghee (clarified butter) – 5 grams
Jaggery – 5 grams

Method of preparation

Mix ginger, black pepper and long pepper powders thoroughly. This combination is called as Trikatu in Ayurveda. Make sure to use fine powders of these three. You can also get ready-made Trikatu powder in market. But if you can make it on your own, the better. You can use a small mortar and pestle to powder it. Or you can use a mixer.
Keep jaggery and ghee ready.

Method of administration

Take half a teaspoon each of Trikatu powder, jaggery and ghee and mix it together.
This is taken twice a day after food for 15 days to one month to relieve cough.


To whom it doesn’t suit?
It does not suit to people with gastritis and diabetes.

Mode of action

How does it work?
Jaggery and ghee relieve throat irritation.
All ingredients of Trikatu are powerful anti inflammatory spices.
Long pepper is a powerful anti-tussive (useful in cough) and expectorant (expels phlegm out of lungs).

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Aside from cough, this also helps to improve digestion strength.
This remedy is also very good for chronic respiratory disorders (people with long term lung problems).


Caution: Consult your doctor before taking up this (or any other) home remedy.
Read more about Trikatu Churna


  • Once you prepare Trikatu Churna, it can be stored for up to 3 – 6 months, if you keep it closed and air tight, without allowing moisture contact or direct sunlight.
  • Once you prepare Trikatu, Jaggery and ghee mix, you can store it moisture-free for up to a couple of weeks.
  • Trikatu capsules and tablets are available in the market. But better to use Trikatu churna (powder) only for this home remedy.

5 comments on “Easy Home Remedy For Cough With Trikatu

  • Gaurav.

    21/06/2013 - 6:49 am

    The article has some ambiguity about ‘honey’. It’s confusing whether honey should be added or not. The “How to Use” section mentions honey. But other places only mention ghee not honey. Can you please clarify?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      25/06/2013 - 10:31 pm

      Hi, sorry for the confusion. This remedy does not contain honey. It was a mistake, now corrected.

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  • Arjun Dev Nasa

    06/10/2018 - 4:39 pm

    I sincerely thank you for sharing the extensive benefits of Trikatu.

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  • ramya

    13/02/2019 - 4:29 am

    Can this be taken by pregnant women?

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