An Ancient Way Of Using Triphala As An Anti Ageing Remedy

This particular remedy of Triphala is explained by master Charaka as a way to live for more than 100 years. Triphala – a simple combination of Amla, Baheda and Harad is known to have anti ageing effect since thousands of years. Its references of usage as anti ageing medicine is found in Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita. 

Triphala, Sanskrit verse

Triphala is a combination of
Haritaki – Chebulic myrobalan – Terminalia chebula – fruit rind
Vibheetaki – Beleric Myrobalan – Terminalia bellerica
Amalaki (Indian gooseberry fruit) – Emblica officinalis Gaertn
You get Triphala churna readily in any Ayurveda store.


Take 100 grams of Triphala powder. Make it into a paste with water.
Take a clean iron vessel – tumbler or just an iron plate or an iron pan.
Apply the paste of Triphala powder over the iron vessel.
Leave it to dry for 24 hours.
Scrape out the paste from the iron vessel after 24 hours. Keep it in a clean dry container. Make sure that the Triphala is completely dried, when preserved. If not, it may get spoilt in a week time.

iron pan

How to consume?

This Triphala powder is administered in a dose of 5 – 10 grams, along with a teaspoon of honey.
It is made into paste with honey and consumed with a cup of water, after food.
If this remedy is taken in the morning, one should take at least 5 grams of ghee or sesame oil (in diet) in the evening.
If this remedy is taken at night, one should consume at least 5 grams of ghee or sesame oil (in diet), in the next breakfast.

Benefits, Actions

Charaka writes –
By using this recipe continually for one year, one can live for one hundred years, free from ageing and diseases.

How it works?
As per Ayurveda, the nature of vessel that we use for cooking or storing any substance adds its own medicinal value to the substance. Even naturally, we can observe the difference in bathing water, which is boiled in a traditional copper vessel and which is heated by a modern day geyser.

Triphala, a combination of 3 ayurvedic fruits

In Ayurveda, Iron is used as an anti ageing remedy. Read more related to benefits of Iron – Loha Bhasma.
Few benefits of Iron are –
It is nourishing, sweet, sour and bitter in taste.
It is coolant in nature and heavy to digest. It has scraping quality, hence useful in cardiovascular diseases. It improves strength, immunity, skin texture, complexion, memory, intelligence, digestive power and acts as natural aphrodisiac.

Triphala comes with its own set of benefits. read here.
In short, it is good for eyes, spleen, liver, blood vessels, a very good anti oxidant.
So, overall, this combination makes a perfect anti ageing remedy.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances all the three Doshas.


Diabetic people should consult their doctor before using honey. Only if the blood sugar level is under control, 2 – 5 grams of honey per day can be used, otherwise, not.
It is best to avoid this remedy during pregnancy.

So why the advice to take ghee or sesame oil?
Both Triphala and honey have rookshata – dryness as a quality. To counter it, after its digestion, ghee / sesame oil is advised.

Shelf life

Shelf life of the remedy
Once prepared, the Triphala churna can be stored only for 1 – 2 months only. To be on the safer side, it is best to prepare this remedy once every month.
Reference: Charaka Samhita, Chikitsa Sthana, 1st chapter

54 comments on “An Ancient Way Of Using Triphala As An Anti Ageing Remedy

  • Senthil

    24/09/2016 - 12:55 pm

    Doctor…What is the benefit of triphala when consumed with butter milk

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      25/09/2016 - 9:38 pm

      It is useful to improve digestion strength and useful in Irritable bowel Disorder, Hemorrhoids. It is also a good liver tonic.

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  • Arjit Sharma

    24/09/2016 - 2:00 pm

    Sir I have a few questions regarding regarding its use :
    Can we take this preparation on an empty stomach every morning ?
    Can we prepare it on daily basis?
    Is it necessary to combine it with honey or can we simply take it with lukewarm water ?

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  • Eamesh

    24/09/2016 - 4:27 pm

    What is the ratio of the 3? Some say equal parts of the shell of the 3, while others say that it should be Harra 1, Baherra 2 , amlaa 3 parts.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      25/09/2016 - 9:51 pm

      In this combination, it is all three, equal parts.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    25/09/2016 - 9:58 pm

    1. Hi, because this advice comes directly from Master Charaka, there is no problem in continuing for one year. Triphala is one of the most harmless medicine of Ayurveda. So, no problem at all to continue it for one year time.

    2. Again, sticking with the ancient advice, iron vessel is better than Loha Bhasma. Loha bhasma can be used as alternative. – Probably, 25 mg of Lohabhasma with a teaspoon of Triphala. But this would not be as efficient as the ancient method.

    3. Will try to cover this topic.
    4. Will surely try.

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    • Arun

      16/01/2017 - 11:51 am

      Please list the benefits of different types of Triphala:
      1) Harad/Baheda/Amla in 1:1:1 ratio
      2) Same in 1:2:4 ratio
      3) In 1:2:3 ratio

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      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

        14/02/2017 - 10:12 pm

        1. Traditionally most accepted and widely used.
        2. Will be more coolant.
        3. Comparatively lesser coolant than option 2.

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  • Joseph

    20/01/2017 - 8:47 pm

    I would like to know will any fat do to counter the drying effect, or must it be ghee or sesame oil?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      18/02/2017 - 9:09 pm

      Any fat would help.

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  • Aps

    25/02/2017 - 3:48 pm

    hello sir, can triphala be taken life time for 2 days in a week without any harm?

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  • Usha Natarajan

    20/03/2017 - 3:51 pm

    Triphala cause me loose stools 4,5 times. How to stop. Is it good indication that my toxins are being removed?

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  • Sandeep

    31/07/2017 - 12:00 am

    Dr, I remember you advising that Triphala which contains a sour fruit like amla cannot be taken along with milk. Is yogurt and buttermilk ok? Is it healthy & safe to mix grated raw amla with yogurt and consume everyday with lunch and dinner as a thambuli?

    Thank you.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      31/07/2017 - 12:06 am

      Hi, amla with yoghurt or buttermilk is fine to consume, with lunch or dinner.

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  • Sandeep

    31/07/2017 - 12:07 am

    Dr, look at the anti oxidant values of Triphala and Amla here!

    Our ancient scientists are immortal geniuses, sir! Every house in India should grow amla tree.

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  • Sandeep

    31/07/2017 - 1:20 am

    Many thanks, Dr.

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  • Usha Natarajan

    31/07/2017 - 3:42 am

    Hello Doctor, nowadays triphala juice is availabke in market? Is it equally effective? Your advice will be very valuable to me. Thanks

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    • Usha Natarajan

      01/08/2017 - 11:18 am

      Thanks a lot for the reply Doctor

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  • hari

    05/08/2017 - 5:14 pm

    Dear sir ,regarding iron vessel…can we use the iron plate or henchu in kannada that is used for baking chaptis

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  • Kk

    07/08/2017 - 6:18 pm

    Must the powder be dried in Sun or shade ?
    How many grams of powder is to be taken daily ?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      09/08/2017 - 6:41 pm

      3 – 5 grams once or twice a day, after food.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    26/09/2017 - 8:21 am

    No problem with it.
    1. Triphala powder should be of very good quality.
    2. The water should not be soaked for more than 12 hours.
    3. Each day, to be prepared fresh.

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  • shubhamsheikhar

    28/10/2017 - 8:12 pm

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    Which herbal churna can be taken daily for gently detoxing the body?


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  • Riya

    05/11/2017 - 7:48 pm


    I have read somewhere once that if someone has excess pitta, triphala should be avoided? I am not sure if my mom has excess pitta… It seems all her dosha may be imbalanced. She has acid reflux, IBS, stress, anger/stubbornness, migraines, chronic sinusitis, anxiety, and depression. Is it fine to take 1) triphala with lukewarm water, 2) ashwagandha with hot water, and 3) arjuna as a chai for her? Each one would be taken twice a week after dinner on alternate schedule. I would also make amla smoothies and amla chutney with haldi and garlic. And garlic aachar. Thank you for all your help and immense knowledge.

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  • divya vetrivel

    17/11/2017 - 8:54 am

    Hi Doctor. Am in my 35th week of pregnancy. Due to dry skin, I developed skin rashes in the inner thigh. When consulted my gynaec advised me to apply coconut oil and to keep the area well moisturised. One of my relative, suggested me to apply the Triphala powder boiled in water, and the water has to poured daily over the inner thighs and groin area. But as I have heard, it’s not safe to use during pregnancy. Can u pls explain if that is the right form of applying the powder and is it safe to use during pregnancy?
    Thanks in advance.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      22/11/2017 - 12:07 pm

      You can mix 10 grams of turmeric powder to 100 ml of coconut oil. Apply this, 2 times a day.

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  • Dhivya

    01/03/2018 - 7:28 pm

    Is triphala powder can b taken for piles problem simultaneously with allopathy medicines as i hav fatty liver problem too.

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  • Vibhor

    21/03/2018 - 4:29 pm

    Dear Sir ,

    I have constipation for which I take 7 grams of triphala churna (Sri Sri Ayurveda of 1:1:1 ratio) at night with warm water daily . This works for me . Please let me know if this amount of triphala can be taken daily life long ?

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  • karthik

    12/04/2018 - 8:32 am

    doctor can suggest Triphala dosage with honey and butter.
    Which is better for constipation?

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  • Ishwar

    19/05/2018 - 9:32 pm

    Can we add a little bit of salt to this triphala juice? Or is it not advisable?

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  • Kimberly

    22/05/2018 - 6:33 pm

    Is it best to have the iron pan seasoned or unseasoned

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    07/06/2018 - 11:42 am

    Hi, Triphala can be used for 4-5 months time for weight loss.

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  • Joseph Oladiji

    10/06/2018 - 6:25 am

    So what they can be safely taken long term for weight management? I tried to do triphala but over the years it has become very drying that I cannot even take amalaki by itself. I took it for 7 years straight.

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  • mughal

    13/07/2018 - 3:36 pm

    sir recently started using triphala 1:2:3. ,i use it every morning empty stomach with normal temp water, here it is monsoon season is it safe to take this way ?. as i read somewhere during monsoon triphala should be taken with rock salt sendha namak. thank you.

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  • Dipesh

    29/07/2018 - 10:07 am

    Many times I have bought triphala. Some brands give finely powdered and there are some who give coarsly ground. Does coarsly ground has any advantage like more fiber. Most coarsly ground powder also gives feel of sand like feel in the last gulp example at the bottom especially when I soak and drink.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      29/07/2018 - 2:26 pm

      If it is direct oral intake, then fine powder of Triphala is preferred.
      Coarse Triphala powder if taken directly can cause throat irritation.

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  • Sangeetha

    19/08/2018 - 12:14 pm

    Does triphala help for gout patient?how much and when triphala powder be taken for gout patient?

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  • ssheikhar

    02/09/2018 - 6:59 pm

    Dear Dr. Hebbar,

    What is the difference in effects if triphala is taken in ‘night vs early morning’?


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  • Sudheer

    04/04/2019 - 11:57 am

    Dear Doctor, can I take Triphala churna prepared by reputed ayurvedic companies?

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  • Rafe

    04/05/2019 - 5:08 pm

    Hello Dr Hebbar. I tried to make this 2 days ago. I think the initial triphala paste I made was wet, so it took 36 hours to dry in an iron pan with a little heat applied at the end. The resulting mixture is black (I assume from the iron, is that right?), almost looking like charcoal. Is this how it should be?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      04/05/2019 - 11:27 pm

      The drying takes a long time if the weather is cold. In that case, heating it a little is permitted.
      The final product will be black, both due to iron and also due to Triphala. It is very fine.

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  • Rafe

    22/06/2019 - 7:00 pm

    Thank you very much

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  • Aleks

    29/05/2020 - 6:53 am

    Please, I need a serious advice. I would be very grateful for the answer!
    I tried the recipe with scraped Triphala from iron pan (water, honey, scraped triphala which turned black overnight) and I read that it should be consumed BEFORE food (it was from the person who seriously translates Ayurvedic texts from Sanscrit for many years). So, I tried BEFORE food first thing in the morning and felt such an incredible nausea lasted for 15 minutes (I read in the internet that some people can feel that who take iron supplements). It was the worst in my life.I tried 3-4 other mornings – same result. Nausea! Pretty BAD!
    I consumed GHEE after as described.
    Please, comment! I see that you are saying that it can be consumed AFTER food.

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  • Rania

    03/06/2020 - 5:11 pm

    Dear Dr Hebbar,
    Must the iron vessel be new or it can be one used for cooking/ roasting quite often? What to do, if taking triphala at night causes sleeping disorder but I would like to take it for eys health and as rassayana?
    Thank you in advance!

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      14/05/2021 - 2:58 pm

      1. It need not be a new one.
      2. Take Triphala with 2 teaspoons of ghee and 1 teaspoon of honey. The excess ghee will negate the sleep deprivation effect.

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  • Reshma

    26/11/2020 - 10:13 am

    Hello doctor. How to use triphala as a mouthwash. My dentist suggests I use a mouthwash everyday but I prefer any ayurvedic herb instead. Would triphala or neem or something else help?

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  • Sunita

    12/02/2021 - 7:44 am

    Hello doctor. .
    Is the Triphala scrapped from iron vessel get black colored churna.
    Thank you

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