Triphala Side Effects – Are there any? If so, what are they?
Actually, triphala is amazingly safe!
Because triphala is composed only of natural ingredients (namely the three ayurvedic fruits Bibhitaki, Amalaki, and Haritaki), triphala usually has no side-effects whatsoever. However, it’s important to note that this statement only applies when 1.) We are consuming a quality triphala supplement that is comprised of pure, unpolluted ingredients and contains no additives / preservatives / extra elements, and 2.) We consume our triphala supplement in the proper dosage. Let’s look at each of these factors:
If you do not purchase your triphala supplements from a reputable source, you run the risk of using a product that may contain additional unwanted ingredients or additives. If you were to experience some side-effects from consuming such a product, it likely wouldn’t be triphala side-effects it would probably be the side-effects of consuming unwanted components. Planetary Herbals is a reputable company and they use good ingredients in their supplements.
Secondly, it’s important to consume any supplement only in the recommended dosage. Triphala supplements, though natural and ayurvedic, are no exception. Some people who have tried exceeding the recommended dosage of triphala have reported unwanted side-effects such as gastrointestinal discomfort, gas, and diarrhea. Triphala is a powerful (yet gentle) compound which has laxative effects. If you take much more than the recommended amount, you should not be surprised if the laxative effect works a little TOO well! It’s also possible that some people may experience similar triphala side effects while first trying triphala as a supplement, but these cases are extremely rare and usually do not persist.
All in all, the benefits of triphala greatly outweigh the rare and minor side-effects; just remember to purchase your triphala from a a reputable company and observe the recommended dosage suggestions!