Triphala Home Remedy For Eye Care

Triphala is one of the most common ingredient in many eye care products. Triphala is one of the safest of Ayurvedic products. It contains three fruits.
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica
Amla – Indian Gooseberry

Today let us learn a simple home remedy for eye care using Triphala powder, ghee and honey.

Triphala Eye care

To Whom this Ayurvedic remedy helps?
It would help anyone who has repeated eye disorders like dryness of eyes, irritation, redness, itching sensation, burning sensation etc.
It also helps to some extent in people with vision power related issues.
People suffering from computer vision syndrome – CVS
People who complain of eye dryness post-eye-surgery.

What you need?
Triphala Churna (powder) – half teaspoon
Honey –  8-10  drops
Ghee – 3 – 4 drops.

How to make?
Mix all the three in a bowl thoroughly to make a paste.

How to take?
Take the paste along with water at night, after food.

How long to take?
It can be taken for 2 – 3 months or even longer. It is traditionally told as something that can be taken on daily basis for a long period of time.

Any contra indications?
It is best to avoid this during pregnant mothers and children below 5 years of age.

Can Triphala tablets be used in place of powder?
Nope. Traditionally powder is told as ingredient in this home remedy.

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  1. Sandeep says:

    Thank you for this wonderful information. It will be particularly useful for those sitting in front of the computer all day.
    Washing the eyes with Triphala – some seem to recommend this in the mornings. Would you concur?
    Also, is there any way of correcting the vision (like Short sightedness and long sightedness) through applications of medicated ghees?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1. welcome 🙂
      2. You mentioned, what I forgot. It is absolutely useful for people using computers for long hours.
      3. Triphala water eye wash in the morning is just fine.
      4. Some do Tarpana treatment (an eye treatment) with Triphala Ghrita (Triphala ghee). Along with that, some eye exercises should help in correcting the vision to some extent.

  2. Hello Doctor,
    The way you explain and present each article with picture is very nice…!!

  3. My son is having watery eye problem and complains to light sensitivity… Thanks for posting this , I have all the ingredients I will try this for my child

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Reduce the dose a bit, for the kid. may be – half a teaspoon of Triphala should be good.

  4. Dear Doctor,

    Can this be taken during nursing a baby?
    My sister has had redness during her pregnancy it went off and now again it has recured. The doctors are not sure of what it is but they have labeled as episcleritis. She is currently having gatifloxocin ( also elaneer kuzhambu twice a day for the last 10 days which has helped her better than the antibiotics for a while now).

    Please let me know


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It can be taken in a dose of one teaspoon (small spoon) at night, for nursing mother. But because it has astringent properties, I would recommend, it once in two days, rather than daily.
      If the condition does not improve, please consider visiting an Ayurveda doctor.

  5. Hello Doctor: In one of your previous articles, ghee and honey cannot be mixed was mentioned?is this right
    Is this OK in this remedy and would you please elaborate the reason ?
    Also I heard triphala ghee is good for eyes? Could you please comment on it or refer me to your article

    Thank you

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1. Honey and ghee should not be mixed in equal quantity. Reason – they are just incompatible in equal quantities. Why and how? Research is to be done on this. But they can be used together. There are many instances where they are used together in Ayurveda. Chyawanprash is easily the most famous example.
      2. Triphala ghee is also good for eyes. Read more about it here –

      • Hello Doctor,

        I read your post on Amla & now on Triphala.. Its really nice to see your response for all lots of query… I love they way you are serving peoples.. Always keep it on..!

        I have a question on how to consume “Triphala” every day to result in weight loss..

        Thank you for your precious time..

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Dear Ganesh, Triphala Churna – 1 teaspoon with honey at night can be taken for a period of 2 months as a weight loss remedy.
          Thanks for your kind appreciation.

      • smitha says:

        yes Doctor, even I heard about the same that honey and ghee in equal quantities makes it like poison…… is it true?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Hi, as per Ayurveda reference, this combination in equal amount is not good to take.

  6. Thank you Doctor

  7. My mother is having diabetes since last 3.5 years. she lost her left eye due to retinopathy & the right eye is also having weak sight. Allopathic doctors are saying that it is irreversible. Can you please suggest any medicine or will this preparation will be useful for her?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, I am doubtful of even Ayurvedic treatment in your mother’s case. Please consult an Ayurveda hospital once.

  8. I am a 29yr old female with no kids at the moment. I had purchased triphala suppliments (capsules) but someone told me not to take them because it is not good for my body since I currently do not have kids and taking them might cause me not to conceive. Is this true? This person comes from an ayurvedic family and also said that Triphala is only taken by women who are going through menopause. Please help to clarify these concerns. Thank you!

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Triphala contains an ingredient called Haritaki. Long term use of Haritaki is not recommended. It is safe to take for 2 – 3 months, if you are normal. It does not affect sexual health just within that time.
      It is not true that this should be taken only by women.

      • Dear Doctor,

        in the above comment its written that it is safe to take for 2-3 months. Is this comment only for women?

        because in the post above

        How long to take?
        It can be taken for 2 – 3 months or even longer. It is traditionally told as something that can be taken on daily basis for a long period of time.

        So is this recommended to take long period of time because of haritaki?


        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          See the dose is very very low, only half a teaspoon. With that dose, it can be taken on a daily basis for a very long period of time. If taking it for long is not an option for someone, 2 – 3 months usage is also good.

          • I am taking 1 teaspoon daily with water doctor so that it would help me as a immuniser, so wanted a confirmation if its okay

            Thank you very much

  9. very informative. However I am afraid of trifla as Amla and Bahedareates both creat constipation. Only Harad is good for constipation.. I am using Honey but not ghee and get good results.

  10. I have read this article again. I am convinced if triphla churan is used with honey at night will not be constipative. It wiil be rather immunitive. In small quantity it could be used for longer periods giving break from time to time. I had read that trifla removes many many diseases but was afraid of constipative nature.Mixing of Honey would be wonderful.

  11. Gaurav says:

    Is Triphala powder mixed with Ghee and taken with lukewarm milk early in the morning on empty stomach also similarly suggested for good eye health / prevention of eye ailments such as cataract or removal of eye glasses? I read about this remedy somewhere, hence would like to know…particularly since I might want to avoid honey.

  12. Dear Sir,
    Thanks for the information
    the actual problem is watering eye means that the tear duct of eye to nose which help to drain the water released from the eye that duct is closed so u get water from eye
    is their any solution for this problem pl. help me to do

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Because it is a structural issue, I doubt the efficacy of Ayurvedic intervention.

  13. M.K.Rangachar says:

    It is wonderful can diabebetic patient use honey and ghee

  14. Hi,
    I have a doubt,In your other article you said that we should not consume water along with ghee and honey eventhough in unequal amounts….pls enlighten…

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi we are not mixing honey ghee and water here. We are only taking home ghee along with triphala. Honey and ghee are mixed in unequal quantities. Only if the patient feels like drinking water then only he can take water after having this remedy.

  15. Gaurav says:

    Had a few questions:
    1) How long after food should this be taken? Any minimum gap?
    2) If one has a headache (either due to Vata and/or Pitta aggravation), is it still okay to take this remedy as is?
    3) Can Crocin be taken a little after this remedy?
    thank you

  16. Can we take aloe Vera and triphla mix juice with lukewarm water in morning For detox for increased vata in mind?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Rather than Triphala, Amla, aloe vera and lukewarm water might be more helpful.


    dear doctor ,
    my son is 12 years old.He is suffering from shortsightedness. I have given this mixture to him with Luke water but after taking this he suffered from loose motions….what should I do to avoid this condition ….

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, it is supposed to be administered along with honey and ghee, as explained above. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor in person.

  18. Shubham says:

    Can we put a drop of plain ghee in eyes at night on regular basis? Would that help in case of eye strain due to heavy computer usage?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It would be better to put ghee drop to eyes soon after returning home in the evening, then wash off with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes.

  19. Ansarishoaib says:

    Respected sir,

    I have done my lasik 9 months ago and suffering from great dry. I am taking triphala churna at bed time and after using it for a week there is a great improvement in dryness.

    My question is to u?

    Can I use triphala churna as an eye wash after 9 month of lasik?

  20. Dr ankho k liye trifla ghreet me honey jyada lete h ya ghee
    Or kitni kitni matra lete h
    Or meri ankhe ki -0.75 eyesight km h to koiiii best upay b btao

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello Sir, This is the combination you should take:
      Triphala Churna (powder) – half teaspoon
      Honey – 8-10 drops
      Ghee – 3 – 4 drops.

      There is a Panchakarma Procedure named Netra Tarpana. Do consult Ayurvedic Physician for this procedure to reduce the power of eyesight.

  21. Dear doctor,

    You have mentioned that it is best to avoid this for children under 5. My son is 3 yrs old and he is suffering from dry eyes for past 2 months. He is constantly rubbing his eyes. Till now there is no redness or swelling. His doctor said that it is just a seasonal allergy. Can I try this remedy for him in limited dosage? Could you pls specify the dosage amount for a 3 yr old kid?

    Thanks a lot for your help,

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      No madam, It is stritcly to be avoided under the age of 5.

      • Thanks for your reply, doctor. Could you please suggest some other remedy for my son’s situation?


        • Dr Malini Bhat says:

          Some remedies:
          •Splash his eyes and face with cool or slightly warm water 10-15 times.
          •Palming exercise
          •Consuming at least 8 to 10 glasses of water is recommended for a patient suffering from dry eyes

  22. Dear Sir,

    I prepared Triphala Ghrita….at last should i separate the paste like material and to take only the Ghee or that paste as well….please let me know.

    Thanks in advance

  23. When i prepared triphala ghritam… the by product left over…is there any use of that..or only the ghee…that is left out is useful

  24. Jyotika says:

    Hi doctor Hebbar,

    I made the medicine for the eye treatment with triphala paste and dried it in an iron kadai as per your advice. It turned all black aftee drying. Is it supposed to be like that? Or did i make a mistake?


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