1) Triphala is one of those supplements that need some getting-used-to. Start with a low dose (eg one capsule every other day) and see how your gut responds. 2) Triphala is supposed to be a "balancer"; if you are tending toward constipation, it will help you poop more easily and effortlessly, if you are tending toward diarrhea, it will reduce the amount of bowel movements and make your stool firmer; however, I think this is too good to be true, it's not a magic bullet. It may work like this some times, but not always. 3) You may empty the capsule contents in a glass of lukewarm water instead of swallowing the capsules; some "triphala experts" maintain that you need to "taste your triphala". 4) Best on an empty stomach, not with food. 5) Paradise Herbs is a good brand and they use only the absolute necessary fillers and binders.