By: Pallavi Vathiar. Practicing Clinical Nutritionist, Mumbai.
Among all sense organs eye has been given prime importance due to its function. One can protect eyes from environmental pollution, allergy, early vision loss, blurred vision, dryness of eyes, redness, watering, etc using Triphala.
Triphala is a commonly used Ayurvedic medication that has its name derived from the terms ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘phala’ meaning fruits. The three fruits used in the Triphala formula are Amla (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), and Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica). According to Ashtanga Hridaya, Triphala is an excellent tonic for the eyes. Triphala has antioxidant effects, which helps to enhance vision and also protects from severe eye ailments such as cataract or glaucoma.
Half a teaspoon of Triphala has about 10 calories and it consists entirely of carbohydrates with zero fats and proteins.
Lowers Occurrence Of Cataracts
Triphala is a rich source of vitamin C and flavonoids. One study used Triphala as a pretreatment in selenite-induced cataracts showed that Triphala significantly restored glutathione levels in eye lenses. Triphala also increased the activities of antioxidant enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione-S-transferase, and glutathione peroxidase, in the lenses. It was been observed that only 20% of subjects pretreated with Triphala developed cataracts (1).
Helpful For Computer Vision Syndrome
Triphala eye drops are found effective in computer vision syndrome. In a study, Triphala eye drops use along with Saptamrit Lauh has found the most effective combination for reducing symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
The primary ingredient of Saptamrit Lauh is also triphala. The long-term use of Triphala can also provide similar benefits, as reported in this study. You can use Triphala eye wash if triphala eye drops are not available to you (2).
Usage Of Triphala As An Eye Wash
- The Triphala eye wash can be prepared using the fruits of Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki.
- Remove the seeds from the dried fruits.
- Soak them in a bowl of water and allow it to stay overnight.
- Use filtered water instead of regular tap water.
- You can strain the water using a muslin cloth or fine strainer the next morning and use the solution for eyewash.
- The leftover water still contains the medicinal properties can be drunk.
- Alternatively, you can prepare the eye wash in the morning and leave it for evening use (3).
Benefits Of Triphala Eye Wash
- Triphala eyewash is useful for the people who spend prolonged hours in front of a computer. It can improve their vision and allow them to work for longer without feeling strain in the eyes.
- It helps to reduce eye inflammation, and prevents conjunctivitis.
- It also prevents dryness of the eyes. Thus, beneficial for the people who wear lenses, as they are known to cause dryness of the eyes resulting in pain, redness, and irritation.
- Triphala eyewash can also be used to treat serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataract (3).
Tips For Maintaining Eye Health
- Use of Triphala Kashaya (decoction of Triphala) or Triphala Churna (Triphala powder) with honey or ghee is beneficial for eyes.
- Use of Triphala Churna with Ghee in Pittaja eye diseases, with sesame oil in vataja eye diseases and with honey in kaphaja eye diseases is advocated.
- Doing eye wash after filling mouth full of water daily in the morning will prevent eye diseases.
- Massage of eyes with wet palm immediately after having food will protect vision from harmful effects.
- Pouring warm water over body bestows strength, but the same overhead, makes for loss of strength of hairs and eyes.
- One should regularly consume Triphala, Ghee, Barley, Wheat, Shastika shali (old rice), Saidhava Lavana (Sendha Namak/Rock Salt), Draksha (Grapes) , Dadima (Pomegranate), Shatavari (Asparagus officinalis), Green Gram doing Padabhyanga (oil massage of foot), use of foot ware and application of medicated Lepa (paste) to the Pada (foot) to protect vision (4).