Trikatu Powder


Common Name:

  • English: Trikatu 
  • Also, known as:  Trikatu choornam, Trikatu Powder, Katutraya churna, Kadutraya churna, Three pungent herbs, Three peppers, Trikatu Choorna

Origin: India   

Parts Used: Mixture of equal parts of Ginger, Black Pepper & Pipli Powder.

General Information:

The Ayurvedic system of medicine has described various herbal formulations in the treatment of diseases, which play a significant part in modern health care and curing various ailments and diseases. The uses of herbal medicines are increasing as dietary supplements to fight or prevent common diseases. The ancient documented Ayurvedic Materia Medica, which dates back to 6000 years BC mentioned these herbs used in Trikatu as essential components of numerous prescriptions and formulations used for a broad range of disorders. Out of the 370 formulations listed in the Handbook of Domestic Medicine and Common Ayurvedic Remedies, 210 contain either Trikatu or its individual components. Trikatu is one of the Ayurvedic preparations used from the period between 7th century B.C. and the 6th century A.D., for the treatment of a variety of ailments. Trikatu enhances the metabolic process by rapid absorption of nutrients. Which contains an alkaloid as active component “Piperine”, which enhances the bioavailability of drugs and nutrients. These plant materials are also used worldwide as spices. They are also used as important ingredients in Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani drugs and folklore medicine. 

Trikatu is a very well known ‘Rasayana’ in Ayurveda and widely used as a polyherbal Ayurvedic formulation in India. It consists of three pungent herbs, Piper longum, Piper nigrum and Zingiber officinale in equal ratio. These herbs work in synergy to stimulate the digestive fire, or ‘Agni’, allowing for more efficient digestion in the stomach while promoting proper bile flow, healthy detoxification and fat metabolism. According to Ayurveda, most imbalances in the body begin with boggy, sluggish, or otherwise inefficient digestion. Phytochemical investigations indicate that 3 compounds reported from the polyherbal formulation and also it contains various chemical categories like alkaloids, phytosterol, triterpenes, flavonoids and various other phenolic compounds.

How to use:

Powdered Herb:

There are different ways to use powdered herb.

You can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".

Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.

Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot. 


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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