TRIPHALA GHRUTHAM- Traiphala Ghritham- Triphaladi Ghrutham -Benefits, Ingredients, Indications, Dosage, Usage, Preparation, Side effects, Equivalent Medicines, Research Papers

Thriphala ghrutham is an Ayurvedic medicine for eye diseases, mainly cataract.

Benefits of Thriphala ghrutham

The formulation of Triphala ghrutham is explained as a ghrita yoga in Ashtangahrudayam Uttarasthanam for cataract.

It is used in the treatment of many stages of cataract, tunnel vision, retinitis pigmentosa, etc.

Thriphala ghrutham is mostly used as samanasneha in small doses after having Kashaya or other rookshana medicines for a while. It is used as the vyadhivipareeta medicine after the rookshana (drying up) therapies.

It is also used as acchasnehapana as a preparatory procedure to Ayurvedic Panchakarma (cleansing therapy) and used in external therapies like tarpana.

Thriphala ghrutham being pacifying Kapha-Pitta dosha, it is used in many eye diseases with oedema & inflammation like conjunctivitis.

Indications of Thriphala ghrutham- Traiphala Ghritham- Triphaladi Ghrutham

timira                                – Cataract/arcus senilis / myopic conditions/ opacities

Ingredients of Thriphala ghrutham

Triphala -a group of fruits of 3 drugs namely,

Chebulic myrobalanPathyaTerminalia chebula RETZ. & WILLD.

It is one of the main drugs in Ayurveda, one of the Rasayana drugs. It is used in a wide variety of diseases as it possesses anti-bacterial anti-fungal anti-viral anti-diabetic anti-mutagenic anti-oxidant anti-ulcer and wound-healing properties.

Beleric myrobalan, BaheraAkshaTerminalia bellirica (GAERTN.) ROXB.

A very good healer of gastric diseases, common cold, leukoderma and also cures digestive disorders. It has laxative and anti-inflammatory actions.Other properties for which it is used are as health tonic and as rejuvenator. It is used in treatment of piles also.

Amla, Indian gooseberryDhatri/AmalakaEmblica officinalis GAERTN.  

Amla exhibits strong antioxidant activity. It is one of the most important plants in the traditional Ayurvedic medical system as well as in other traditional health systems for immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer and hepatoprotective actions. It is widely used for anti-diabetic effect.

Details of the manufacturing

As already discussed, Thriphala ghrutham has 3 ingredients in total

All these ingredients should be washed well and dried up in shade.

For preparation of ghrithakalpana,

We use

  1. Snehadravya (Cow’s ghee)          – ½ Prastha
  • Dravadravya (Decoction) –

Thriphala decoction       – 1 Prastha

Cow’s milk                        – 1 Prastha

  • Kalkadravya (For making paste)

Thriphala                          –  1 pala total, (1/3 pala each herb)

Take 8 Pala of Thriphala for decoction in dried & crushed form in an earthen pot. Now add 1 aadhaka amount of clean water into it. Make it boil and then cook in the open vessel with low fire. Reduce the quantity into one by fourth of the initial quantity. Make sure to mix it in between with a ladle. Also, the fire should be kept low to make sure that all the active ingredients in the herbs needed are absorbed well into the water. Once the quantity is reduced to one by fourth of the initial amount of water (1 Prastha), remove the vessel from the fire. Squeeze and drain through a clean white cloth. Collect the decoction in a clean vessel and discard the solid waste.  To this decoction, add the ksheera (Cow’s milk), ghrutha(Cow’s ghee), Kalka (paste form of drugs) and continue cooking it in low fire. Stir in between. Check the Paaka as per Snehapakavidhi. Once the desired Paaka is attained, filter the ghruta and keep it in air tight glass bottles after cooling. Ghrutha can be used for a longer period of time without any preservatives.

Dosha Dooshya Predominance with roga marga.

Thriphala ghrutham is Kapha-Pitta hara.

It acts on aabhyantara, madhyama and bahya rogamarga

Dosage and Usage of Thriphala ghrutham


Generally, it is prescribed in OP practise as 5-15ml once a day.

It is said in text as one Pala or 48 gm in a person with profound digestive fire.

 It differs for Acchasnehapanasodhana) and vicharanasneha(samana)  

It is used according to the Tarpanavidhi when used externally. 


Ghrutham is advised to take in empty stomach, once the ingested food is digested well and aahaararasa is formed well.

Exercises and Yoga.

As Thriphala ghrutham targets mainly cataract and other eye diseases, only mild exercises are advised. In some persons, specific Yogacharya including nadisuddhi pranayama, suryanamaskara, bhujangaasana, is recommended.

Regular exercise helps improve the bioavailability of medicine and food ingested and leads to positive health.

 Yoga can maintain harmony within the body and with the surrounding system.

Nadisudhi pranayama



Simple exercises for lungs and heart health

All the exercises and physical exertions must be decided and done under the supervision of a medical expert only.


Recommended diet and behaviour


  • To be avoided

Any hard item, tough to bite or chew.

Heavy meals and difficult to digest foods – cause indigestion.

 junk foods- cause a disturbance in digestion and reduces the bioavailability of the medicine

 carbonated drinks – makes the stomach more acidic and disturbed digestion

refrigerated and frozen foods – causes weak and sluggish digestion by weakening Agni (digestive fire)

Milk and milk products – increase Kapha and cause respiratory problems

 curd – causes vidaaha and thereby many other diseases

  • To be added

Light meals and easily digestible foods

Green gram, soups, honey, fruits and vegetables, cow’s ghee.

 freshly cooked and warm food processed with cumin seeds, ginger, black pepper, ajwain, etc


Protect yourself from too much heat or cold.

Avoid head bath and tongue scraping.

Better to avoid exposure to excessive sunlight, wind, rain, or dust.

Maintain a regular food and sleep schedule.

Avoid stress.

Avoid sedentary lifestyle. Be active.

Avoid holding or forcing urges like urine, faeces, cough, sneeze, etc.

Avoid sleeping late night.

Side effects and contraindications

No known side effects reported.

Classical references

ASHTANGAHRUDAYAM uttarasthanam 13/9-10

Equivalent medicines.

Patoladi ghrutham

Brands Available

AVS Kottakal

Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala

Research papers

Triphala ghrutha


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