Triphala eyewash is a topically used Ayurvedic formula that helps to treat several eye disorders and also improves the vision. As the name suggests, the Triphala eye wash is prepared from 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).
How to Prepare Triphala Eye Wash
The Triphala eye wash can be prepared using the fruits of Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki.
- First, remove the seeds from the dried fruits by breaking them into smaller sizes.
- Then, take a spoonful of the dried fruits.
- Soak them in a bowl of water and allow it to stay overnight.
- You should 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 that still contains the medicinal properties of the three fruits can be drunk.
Alternatively, you can prepare the eye wash in the morning and leave it for evening use. The idea is to let the sediments get settled at the bottom and obtain a solution that is saturated with the beneficial nutrients of Triphala.
You can use Triphala powder instead of the dried fruits for making Triphala eyewash. However, strain it well to make sure that the little bits of the powder do not get into the eyes.
How to Use Triphala Eyewash
Fill a clean eyecup till 3/4th with the Triphala eyewash. The eyecup is specially designed to fit into the area around the eyes. It allows for a gentle suction and does not allow the eyewash to drip over the face. Lean your head down to fix the rim of the cup around your eye and then, turn your head up holding the eyecup in your hands. Now, your eye will be immersed fully in the Triphala wash. You may feel a mild burning or stinging sensation in the eyes when you dip your eyes into the Triphala wash. Let your eyes get used to the sensation, as it is harmless.
Then, open the eye slowly while it is still dipped in the eyewash and blink a few times. It will take you some time to get used to opening your eyes and keeping them open in the eyewash. Once you are able to do this, you can do some eye exercises such as moving the eyeballs in all directions including diagonally, and in clockwise and anti-clockwise circles. Hold the eye in the wash for a few minutes and then, raise your head out of it. Repeat the same with the other eye.
Benefits of Triphala Eye Wash
- Triphala eyewash is useful for the people who spend prolonged hours of a day working 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. Hence, it is considered beneficial for the people who wear lenses, as they are known to cause dryness of the eyes resulting in pain, redness, and irritation. Taking Triphala eyewash can help prevent these symptoms.
- Triphala eyewash can also be used to treat serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataract.
Triphala Eye Wash Precautions
The eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body; hence, it is very important to be cautious when treating them with Triphala eyewash.
- Make sure the bowl used to soak the Triphala fruits is clean and sterilized and the water is pure to prevent the risk of eye infection.
- However, Triphala eyewash is safe and not known to cause serious side effects when used correctly, patients with eye disorders like cataracts, and glaucoma are advised to consult a physician before using it.
- Triphala eye wash should not be used when there is an injury to the eyes or in the area around it.
- Though it is common to feel a mild burning or stinging sensation in the eyes while using Triphala wash, it is best to stop the treatment and wash the eyes with lukewarm water in case the pain is severe or increases instead of subsiding.
- Clean the eyecups after every eye wash.
The recommended frequency for Triphala eyewash is once a day for a month. You may use it twice a day if you suffer from a more serious eye problem. It can help you get rid of the acute eye conditions like conjunctivitis as well as the chronic disorders like cataract while also improving your vision.