TRIPHALA - Rejuvenating for Eyes

Triphala is considered as the most powerful medicine in ayurveda, a polyherbal formula with efficacious therapeutic uses for maintaining the health of eyes and treating eye disorders.

Triphala is considered as the most powerful medicine in ayurveda, a polyherbal formula with efficacious therapeutic uses for maintaining the health of eyes and treating eye disorders. It is the combination of three fruits harad, bahera and amla. Harad is called as vyasthapni in Ayurveda; means antiaging. It is also quoted as rasayan means that prevents the occurrence of diseases. Bahera is called as netrahitam means beneficial for eyes and amla is considered chakshushya means good for eyes and gives strength to the tunics of eye ball. All these herbs have the history of very long traditional use. Their combination has synergestic properties and have major constituents like tannins, galtic acid, ellagic acid and many bioactive compounds. Considered safe for all age groups, it can be used as nontoxic natural product. Triphala is a revered polyherbal medicine which helps to maintain homeostasis. It acts as an anti inflammatory, antioxidant, cytoprotective and digestive. Being anti-inflammatory, it is effective in auto immune diseases of eyes. Helps reducing serum cholesterol level, thus beneficial  in controlling the retinal damage due to the unhealthy lipids. Triphala also works as antihypertensive and hypoglycemic medicine, thus plays a major role in managing blood sugar and blood pressure level thereby protecting the delicate retinal layer of eye. Further, this herbal combination stimulates digestive enzymes so helps in the absorption of essential nutrients in the blood. Being  immuno booster, also helps in protecting the eyes from microbial infections or other environmental hazards. Due to anti aging and antioxidant properties, this herbal combination works wonders in delaying age related eye disorders like presbyopia, cataract and macular degenerations by removing free radicals.
Forms of administration 
There are many ways by which triphala can be administered to promote the eye health. 
Eye wash
Washing the eyes with freshly prepared triphala decoction relieves many ocular disorders like allergies, infections and eye strain.
Termed as netra seka; it is done in closed eyes to relieve the painful conditions.
Eye drops 
Termed as ashchyotan  in ayurveda, the sterile drops of triphala decoction are instilled inside the eyes from the height of 3 to 4 cm.
Eye pack
Termed as vidalaka, the triphala in paste form is applied over the eye lids to get relief from  inflammatory conditions.
Termed as anjana, the collyrium of freshly powdered triphala and rose water is applied on lid margins to promote tear flow and treat lid diseases.
Eye satiation
Called as akshitarpan in ayurveda, it is a very beneficial method of drug administration in eyes where the eyes are soaked with triphala ghee. The ghee is retained on eye ball for stipulated period of time and continuous blinking is advised to the patient. Very helpful in controlling dry eyes, eye fatigue and refractive errors. 
Triphla can be administered orally as a decoction, pulvalise, tablet, paste, granules and ghee.
Classical formulations
Chyavanprash, Mahatriphla Ghrit, Triphla Rasayan, Triphala Guggulu, Triphala Kwath, Punarnava Mandoor, Navayas Lauh and Triphaladyarishta.
In the end, it can be concluded that Triphala is a well recognized medicine that bears multiple therapeutic uses like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiaging, antihypertensive, anti diabetic and digestive. So by adopting it as a part of daily regimen, one can get free from ocular disorders and related complications.
Associate Professor,
Department of Shalakya Tantra,
Dayanand Ayurvedic College,
Mahatma Hansraj Marg, Jalandhar-8
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