Difference Between Triphala Churna, Guggulu and Triphala Guggulu

Triphala Churna, Guggulu tablet, capsule and Triphala guggulu are three different Ayurvedic medicines with different and unique usage.


Triphala Churna

It is a very simple combination of three fruits –
Emblica officinalis – Amla
Terminalia chebula – Hareetaki
Terminalia bellerica – Vibheetaki

It is marketed in the form of
a. Churna – Traditionally recommended dosage form
b. Capsule and tablet.
Triphala is used in  treating diabetes, skin diseases, chronic fever etc. Read more – Triphala Churna benefits
Triphala churna along with honey and ghee is administered for eye care (read this home remedy in detail)
It also acts as mild to moderate laxative. It improves digestion strength.
Its water decoction (Kashaya) is used in washing wounds, in vaginal douche etc.


It is oleo-gum-resin from tree called Commiphora mukul. It is used individually in the form of Guggulu capsule and tablet. It is also used as binding agent and ingredient in many other tablets like Triphala guggulu, Yogaraja guggulu etc.

Guggulu alone is used in treating high cholesterol levels, rheumatoid arthritis, osteo arthritis gout etc. It has very potent anti-inflammatory activity. Read more
However, constipation and gastritis are quite common side effects when this herb is used alone.

Triphala guggulu

It is a combination of five ingredients – Triphala+ Long pepper + guggulu.
It is mainly used in treating fistula, tumours, inflammatory conditions, and hemorrhoids. Read more about its benefits

Triphala guggulu Vs Guggulu

When the patient has gastritis and constipation, it makes more sense to use Triphala guggulu in stead of Guggulu alone.
In a patient, if you need Triphala and Guggulu both, rather than administering these two as different capsules, it makes sense to use Triphala guggulu.
When there is ‘Ama’ (impaired digestion and metabolism), or when there is low digestion strength, it is better to choose Triphala guggulu than Guggulu alone.

Triphala guggulu Vs Triphala alone

When you require more anti inflammatory action, when you need pain reduction, it makes more sense to use Triphala guggulu.

Triphala Vs Guggulu

Even Triphala has cholesterol lowering and anti obesity effect. But the effect of Guggulu in lowering cholesterol is slightly higher than Triphala. I do not think there is any explanation required here. Both are two different medicines, used in different set of diseases.

Effect on Tridosha

Triphala balances all the three Doshas. But it has special significance in balancing Kapha and Pitta Dosha.
Guggulu – balances Vata and Kapha.
Triphala Guggulu has Tridosha balancing effect.
This is just a general guideline to look into these three products and its comparative usage in different conditions. Of course, the decision finally depends on the experience and wisdom of your Ayurvedic doctor.

Use in constipation

Question: Between Triphala churna and Triphala guggulu, which is good for constipation?
Triphala churna is better than T. Guggulu for constipation.

42 comments on “Difference Between Triphala Churna, Guggulu and Triphala Guggulu

  • anushreekarthiK

    29/04/2014 - 3:45 pm


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  • Dr.M.Santhosh kumar

    30/04/2014 - 10:54 am

    nice .. to inform hints fr trtmnt

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  • Caroline

    30/04/2014 - 1:05 pm

    Thank you for this article! What about Kanchaar Guggulu?

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  • amit singhal

    30/04/2014 - 2:52 pm

    great ur articles and so informative pl. keep doing great service to promote and make awareness about ayurveda

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      30/04/2014 - 7:32 pm

      Thank you very much. I will keep trying 🙂

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  • divya

    30/04/2014 - 4:43 pm

    im using triphala churna as a laxative , im trying to get pregnant will it affcets my rate of getting pregnancy so should i continue it

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  • Devendra

    30/04/2014 - 5:11 pm

    Is Triphala usful in IBS ?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      21/05/2014 - 8:23 pm

      In a few patients, it is useful. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor for right advice.

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  • Heeralal A Bohra Jain.

    30/04/2014 - 10:32 pm

    your all article are very much useful in today’s life. Regards, Heeralal A Bohra Jain. Siddhi Vinayaka distributors ( Patanjali) Bng.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      01/05/2014 - 9:17 pm

      Thanks for finding them useful. Regards 🙂

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  • K.B.Jegadeesh

    01/05/2014 - 12:50 pm

    very useful are your commentaries which gives more light to even lay man and more power to the practicing ayurvedic doctors.thank you a lot.

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  • B.Das

    01/05/2014 - 9:33 pm

    Thanx for such wonderful informative as well as useful article. Eagerly waiting for some more. Regards.

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  • Gururaj

    06/05/2014 - 10:30 am

    Dear Dr. This article so informative, please tell us about “Navak Guggulu”.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    21/05/2014 - 8:31 pm

    There is no harm in taking it for a couple of months.

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  • tatiana

    28/07/2014 - 12:45 am

    dear doctor please tell me VARAA CHOORNNAM it is also about triphala then what is triphala: Triphala Churna or Triphala Guggulu
    Best regards Tatiana

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      08/10/2014 - 11:07 am

      Vara is a synonym of Triphala. Hence, Varaa churna and Triphala churna are one and the same.
      Triphala guggulu is a tablet.

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      • Gagandeep

        30/06/2016 - 11:31 pm

        Is triphala guggulu,arogya vardani vati and medihar vati can be taken togethar and effect of using these three on high bp and vata vikar.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    19/12/2014 - 10:24 pm

    If it is for general health maintenance purpose, you can take only once at night, before food.

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  • Dr Susheela Yadav

    17/06/2015 - 12:08 pm

    Respected sir… find it so useful.. just because of comparative study …..its the best way to learn… thnx a lot..

    Keep writing…

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  • Neeraj Kumar

    25/09/2015 - 1:27 am

    Very informative article about triphala and gugglu. Thanks.

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  • Anu D

    16/12/2015 - 7:12 pm

    Is it ok to use for triphala churna for systemic or intestinal yeast/ candida?

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  • shalender thakur

    04/02/2016 - 10:11 am

    Dear sir i am external piles patient so which product use between two

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  • Nishtha

    21/02/2016 - 8:10 am

    Hello sir, ur attempt to promote ayurveda is commendable, I find all ur articles very useful.But as u said above in a query dat triphala churna as a laxative wont b a gud choice in pregnancy, what other options do we have in ayurveda ? Thank you sir.

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    • Dr Malini Bhat

      22/02/2016 - 9:26 am

      Some home remedies:
      • Ginger tea is a great home remedy for constipation. It helps in starting bowel movements
      • Add more fruits to the diet like pears, grapes, Orange juice.
      • Another natural remedy for constipation is to add a little extra sugar or some honey a glass of milk. Drink twice a day.
      • Soak 6-8 raisins in hot water. When cool, crush well and strain. When given routinely even to little infants, it helps to regulate bowel movement.
      • Eat 2 apples with peel on an empty stomach.
      • Either dried or ripe, figs are packed with fibre and act as a great natural laxative
      • Lemon juice It acts as a cleansing agent for the intestines, the salt content helps in quick and easy passage of stool
      • Spinach (Palak) This has properties that cleanse, rebuild and renew the intestinal tract

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  • mlnarayana

    29/05/2016 - 3:57 pm

    Is there any difference between triphala kalpa and triphala churna. Pl clarify

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      30/05/2016 - 2:49 pm

      Hi, usually the term kalpa is used when a course of treatment is planned, using Triphala churna.

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  • pallava

    26/09/2016 - 12:07 am

    I am a 22 yrs old college going student.usually i have a busy schedule hence i have started using patanjali ashwagandha capsule(1in tgr morning and 1 at night) for mental strength and to stay away from stress and fatigue.is it ok and for how long should i contunue taking these caosules?

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  • Madhura

    23/01/2017 - 9:48 pm

    what is the right proportion of fruits in triphala for colon cleansing and detoxification? can triphala guggulu be used for that?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      30/01/2017 - 10:56 pm

      All three in equal parts.
      For colon cleanse, Triphala churna is better than Triphala guggulu.

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  • jeannie

    18/05/2017 - 1:00 am

    Could you please recommend a good Ayurveda doctor in Eugene Oregon
    Thank you!

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  • Ankita garg

    23/06/2017 - 12:24 am

    Sir, my mother of age 41 yrs of 92kgs undergone cholecystectomy 2 yrs back,to reduce weight can she take triphala guggul, please prescribe other medicines also which can be taken to reduce weight.
    Thank you

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  • Zed pak

    27/03/2018 - 5:58 pm

    Hi, is it better to take Triphala pills or triphala powder. Which is the best one. Thankyou

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  • Sunni

    23/06/2018 - 10:11 am

    Is triphla gugglu same as vara guggle?

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