What are the Uses of Trikatu Churna in Ayurveda

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Ever heard about Trikatu? It is a popular Churna or Ayurvedic powder, easily found in most Ayurvedic stores. 

Made with three herbs, namely Kali Mirch (Piper nigrum), Pipali (Piper longum), and dry ginger (Zingiber officinale), this Ayurvedic formulation can help you manage several health conditions like high cholesterol, obesity, infection, gastric problems, etc. 

Let’s know more about Trikatu Churna and its uses in this article and start incorporating this incredible formulation into our lives. 

Trikatu: A Quick Glance 

In Sanskrit, “tri” means three, “katu” means herbs, and “churana” means powder. Hence, Trikatu means a powder of three herbs. These three herbs are Sunthi (dry ginger), Kali Mirchi (black pepper) and Pippali (long pepper), mixed together in a 1:1:1 ratio.

Trikatu is also known by other names such as trikatu choornam, trikatu corona, kasutraya churan and katautraya churan. 

It is one of the most easily available herbal formulations in the market and can even be made at home if necessary. This churna is known to have a hot potency and pungent taste, which makes it a potent natural stimulant. It is also highly beneficial for the spleen, liver, and pancreas.

What is trikatu?

In Sanskrit, “tri” means three and “katu” means herbs, and “chruana” means powder. It is a combination of three Ayurvedic herbs namely Sunthi (dry ginger), Marchi (black pepper) and Pippali (long pepper). It is also known as trikatu choornam, trikatu corona, kasutraya churan, or katautraya churan. It is widely used for treating respiratory and digestive related conditions. This churan is readily available in the market or can even be made at home. The churan has a hot potency and pungent taste. It is a natural stimulant and is good for spleen, liver, and pancreas.

What are the benefits of trikatu?

Trikatu can be used for treating the following conditions:

Digestive disorders:

  • It aids in improving the digestion by increasing the fire elements in the body that helps in proper digestion and increase appetite.
  • It is recommended to take ½ to 1 teaspoon trikatu churan one hour before a meal.

Poor immunity:

Weight loss:

  • Trikatu churan aids in weight loss, as it increases the metabolism of the body.
  • Taking one teaspoon of trikatu, half an hour before a meal is beneficial in reducing weight.

Asthma and respiratory disorders:

  • Trikatu churan has hot potency, due to which it reduces the mucus production in the lungs and helps in treating asthma, and respiratory diseases like bronchitis.
  • Taking ½ to 1 teaspoon of trikatu churan with honey, half an hour before lunch helps in subsiding asthma symptoms.

High cholesterol:

Irritable bowel sydrome:

  • Trikatu churan aids in treating gas combined with mucus in stool, cramps, and diarrhea by normalizing the digestive fire.

Body pain:

  • Trikatu churan aids in relieving body pain due to the cold climate, as it makes body warm and reduces the body pain.

Reproductive functions:

  • Trikatu has aphrodisiac property that aids in strengthening the reproductive function, energizing and warming the reproductive organs.
  • It also helps in maintaining a healthy sexual life and increasing sperm count.

Thyroid gland disorder:

  • Trikatu churan along with prawal pitol or godanti bhasma is effective in healing thyroid problems.

Skin diseases:

  • Taking trikatu with jaggery, haritaki, and sesame oil for one month is effective in curing skin diseases.

Cold and cough:

  • Trikatu helps in removing cold and congestion by its strong heating effect.

What are the medicinal properties of trikatu?

Trikatu has several medicinal properties, such as:

  • Anti-allergic
  • Carminative
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Antihistamine
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-flatulent
  • Digestive stimulant
  • Appetizer
  • Antiemetic
  • Anti-inflammatory

What are the side effects of trikatu?

Trikatu is usually safe when consumed in the recommended dose. However, increased intake may result in the following side effects:

  • Heartburn
  • Heat sensation in the body
  • Acidity
  • Burning taste
  • Burning sensation in the throat
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Sweating
  • Redness or burning sensation in eyes

Using trikatu safely:

The safe dose of trikatu is 125 mg to 500 mg per day. The maximum intake of trikatu is 1000 mg per day. People with the following conditions should avoid taking trikatu:

High-risk pregnancy:

Women with high-risk pregnancy should avoid taking trikatu as it may increase body heat, raising the risk of abortion.

Bleeding disorder:

A person with a bleeding disorder should avoid taking trikatu.

Constipation with hard and dry stool:

People suffering from constipation with hard and dry stool or having bleeding with the stool should avoid consuming trikatu.

Skin diseases:

People who have skin diseases with symptoms of burning sensation should not take trikatu.

Red eyes:

A person with red eyes should avoid consuming trikatu as it may increase body heat and worsen the condition.


People having vomiting with sour vomitus should not take trikatu.

Burning sensation:

People having a burning sensation in throat, abdomen, feet, and hand should avoid consumption of trikatu.


A person having heartburn should avoid taking trikatu as it may increase the body heat and worsen the condition.

Acid dyspepsia:

People suffering from dyspepsia should avoid consumption of trikatu.


Dr. Shankar Rao

Dr. Rao has achieved great success in his career, with 5 research projects and 4 books to his credit, as well as a Monograph. In addition to receiving the Bharat Scout & Guide Award from the President of India, Dr Rao has also won the Young Scientist Award from S.V. University, Tirupati.