After working every day and during 25 years in front of a computer screen, my eyes started feeling strained, tired and irritated. I checked with my eye doctor, but he couldn’t find anything  of concern, and only recommended to give my eyes some rest and avoid the computer. Eyes irritation not only come from the use of computers and technology, but also is a natural degeneration that comes with age.

As we age, changes in our vision start being noticeable , we lose sight and the eyes muscles decline in performance. As we reach the 50’s, we start getting eye diseases, such cataracts, presbyopia, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Some of these diseases can be corrected with surgery or glasses, but there are others which have no cure, and the only way to deal with them is through prevention, and observing permanent control measures.

There are conventional medications, nutrition, alternative medicine, home remedies, and an array of measures aimed to deter the loss of vision. One of the best cures for eye sight degeneration and some eye diseases, is an Ayurvedic remedy called triphala. After doing some research on triphala, I started using it as eye wash, and to my surprise, my vision improved enormously, my eye irritation disappeared, and my eyes stop being red and tired all the time.

What is triphala?

It’s name means “three fruits”, triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation consisting of a mix containing three fruits native to the Indian subcontinent: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica,) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Triphala is a natural supplement. It can be easily found in health stores, pharmacies, and traditional Indian grocery stores, in the form of powder, liquid, tea, and tablets.

Among its health benefits, triphala is known as a natural antioxidant, and for centuries, is has been the most used Ayurvedic remedy in India, due to its properties as body cleanser and detoxifier, while replenishes and nourishes the digestive and immune systems. Traditional uses of triphala include: Laxative, digestive tonic, aids in weight loss, lowers cholesterol, boosts immune and cardiovascular systems, and improves eye sight. Triphala is also considered a super food, due to its nutritional value and high content of vitamins.

As I started doing some research on triphala, I came across a recipe to make an eye wash. At first, I was a little skeptical, but since triphala is a natural supplement, I decided it won’t do any harm to my eyes, even if it didn’t work as it supposed to. I started washing my eyes every morning and night, and I was amazed, when I could see results in a little as two weeks.

The following recipe is common knowledge and widely used in India, and this formula has been around for centuries.

What we need:

  1. Triphala powder.
  2. Distilled or filtered water.
  3. Muslin, cheese cloth, or coffee filter to strain the powder.
  4. Two eye cups (these can be found in any pharmacy).
  5. Closed container or bottle.

How to prepare triphala eye wash:

  1. Boil one cup of filtered water with a teaspoon of triphala powder, for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Let it sit overnight, to settle any sediment from the triphala powder.
  3. Strain the liquid in muslin or cheese cloth, and store it in a closed bottle or container.

How to use triphala eye wash:

  1. Fill the eye wash cups at ¾ with the triphala
  2. Place a towel below your nose to catch any spills.
  3. Slowly place the wash cups into your eyes closed.
  4. Blink few times, and try opening the eyes little by little, until you get accustomed to the eye baths, it will take a while to get used to them.
  5. Wash them every morning and night, or as often as you need it. Most people use it once a day, but Ayurvedic medicine recommends to start doing it twice daily.

If you have any health concerns about triphala, it would be good to consult an Ayurvedic professional. It is also recommended to keep a good nutrition and regular exercise, to improve eyes health and vision.

Note: I am sharing the benefits of triphala eye wash as a personal experience, but this information is not intended for use as diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor before taking herbs when pregnant or nursing.