Triphala, a combination of three herbs, has been widely prescribed in India for thousands of years. Modern practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine prescribe Triphala for its antioxidant, detoxifying, and restorative effects throughout the body, including vision.
Indians who practice Ayurvedic medicine use Triphala to treat failing vision and protect against cataracts. Its three ingredients are:
- Indian gooseberry (Amla in Hindi) has been said to have the highest vitamin C concentration of any known plant. This is important because the lenses of your eye require more than 20 times more vitamin C than the rest of your body.
- Beleric Myrobalan (Bibhitaki in Hindi) is thought to have a mild laxative effect, which helps to cleanse and detoxify the body.
- Indian gallnut (Haritaki in Hindi) is considered one of the most important Ayurvedic herbs. It is reported to have rejuvenation properties as well as the ability to improve digestion and vision, and heal ulcerated surfaces in the digestive tract.
Triphala comes in bulk powder and capsules. Both are equally effective, although capsules are more expensive because of the convenience. If you take the powder, mix one teaspoon with a small amount of hot water and let it steep for about 10 minutes, then take it just before bedtime. Because of its mild laxative effect, you may need to reduce the dosage. You may notice increased energy within a week or two, along with better digestion, improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and an overall sense of well-being. I suggest that you take Triphala for a three-month period twice a year for optimal results.