Triphala Ghrita Benefits, Dose, How To Use, Side Effects, Ingredients

Triphala Ghrita is an Ayurvedic medicine, in herbal ghee form.This medicine has ghee as its base. It is used for preparatory procedure for Panchakarma and also as medicine, used mainly for eye diseases. Triphala refers to group of three fruits – Haritaki, Vibhitaki and Amla. The Triphala is the main ingredient in this medicine.


Triphala Ghrita benefits: 
It is widely used as medicine and also in preparatory procedure called snehakarma for the treatment of tumors, early stage of cataract, Erysipelas, Excessive discharge in women, eye pain with itching and discharge, cough, oedema, hair fall, intermittent fever, pterygium and such other eye and eye lid related diseases.
Useful in constipation, IBS – C and low digestion strength.
Myopia, Hypermetropia, Retinitis pigmentosa, Astigmatism, Macular degeneration of eye – used both for external and oral use.

Effect on Tridosha – Calms Pitta and Vata.


Triphala Ghrita dosage: 
As medicine – quarter to half teaspoon with water, usually before food, once or twice a day, or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
For Panchakarma preparation – Snehana procedure, the dose depends on the disease status and the judgement of Ayurvedic doctor.
It may be taken itself or mixed with Triphala choornam.
Triphala ghrita is also used externally in an eye procedure called as Tarpana.

Triphala ghritham for Tarpana – Eye care therapy –
Externally it is used for eye treatment called as Tarpana. Here, a compound around both eyes is made with the help of black gram paste. Melted Triphala ghritham is retained in the compound for a few minutes time. The patient’s eyes are immersed in the ghee medium during this procedure. patient is asked to blink and open eyes so that the herbal ghee components enter deep into eyes and bring about therapeutic benefits.
Read more about Tarpana treatment

How to use it as eye drops for eye dryness and other eye problems?
2 drops of this ghee is put on the eyes, once or twice a day for 1 – 2 weeks to relieve eye dryness. Ghee being a very good rejuvenator and moistening agent, is very soothing for eyes. It also relieves eye irritation.
Consult your doctor before using it as eye drops.  

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic/modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then, after a gap of 15 – 30 minutes, take Ayurvedic medicine or as directed by the physician.

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

With supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

Side Effects

There are no known side effects with this medicine. However it is best to use this product under medical supervision. Self medication with this medicine is discouraged.
People with diabetes, high cholesterol, heart diseases and high BP should exercise precaution.
In very high dose, it may cause diarrhoea and indigestion.

In this herbal ghee, the herbs are infused in the medium of ghee along with herb water decotion. Then the solid waste herb materials are filtered out. Thus, this herbal ghee contains oil soluble and water soluble phyto-active principles of medicinal herbs.


Ghritam Ingredients
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – Fruit rind – 12 grams
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica – Fruit rind – 12 grams
Amla – Emblica officinalis – Fruit – 12 grams
Pepper – Piper nigrum – Fruit – 12 grams
Long pepper – Piper longum – Fruit – 12 grams
Ginger – Zingiber officinale – Rhizome – 12 grams
Draksha – Vitis vinifera – dry grapes – 12 grams
Madhuka – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra – Root – 12 grams
Katukarohini – Picrorhiza kurroa – Rhizome/root – 12 grams
Prapaundarika – Lotus variety – Flower – 12 grams
Ela – cardamom – Eletteria cardamomum – 12 grams
Vidanga – Embelia ribes – Fruit – 12 grams
Nagakeshar – Mesua ferrea – Stamens – 12 grams
Nilotpala – Nymphoea stellata – Flower – 12 grams
Shweta Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus – 12 grams
Krishna Sariva – Cryptolepis buchanani – 12 grams
Chandana – sandalwood – Santalum album – Heartwood – 12 grams
Haridra – Turmeric – Curcuma longa – Rhizome – 12 grams
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata – Stem – 12 grams
Ghee – 768 grams
Milk – 768 ml
Triphala Kashayam – 2.304 liters.

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse

Method of preparation

Coarse powder of Triphala ingredients is taken and boiled in specified quantity of water till it is reduced to its quarter part. It is then filtered to obtain Triphala decoction. Ingredients from Haritaki to Daruharidra is powdered and made into paste by adding sufficient quantity of water. Ghee is heated along with paste and stirred continuously while adding triphala decoction and milk. Heating is stooped when there is subsidence of froth, all the moisture content is evaporated and when the paste rolled between fingers forms varti (wick). It is then packed in a tightly closed container.


Bhaishajya Ratnavali Netraroga adhikara 181-186, Astangahridayam.

According to Ashtanga Hridaya

त्रिफलाष्टपलं क्वाथ्यं पादशेषं जलाढके ॥
तेन तुल्यपयस्केन त्रिफलाफलकल्कवान् ।
अर्धप्रस्थो घृतात्सिद्धः सितया माक्षिकेण वा ॥
युक्तं पिबेत्तत्तिमिरी तद्युक्तं वा वरारसम् ।
triphalāṣṭapalaṃ kvāthyaṃ pādaśeṣaṃ jalāḍhake ||
tena tulyapayaskena triphalāphalakalkavān |
ardhaprastho ghṛtātsiddhaḥ sitayā mākṣikeṇa vā ||
yuktaṃ pibettattimirī tadyuktaṃ vā varārasam |
(Reference: Ashtanga Hridaya, Uttarasthana, 13/10-11)


  • Triphala
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Ghee

Method of preparation

Eight pala (384 grams) of triphala are boiled in one adhaka (3.072 liters) of water and decoction reduced to a quarter. To this are added equal quantities of milk (3.072 liters), paste of one pala (48 grams) of Triphala and half prastha (384 grams) of ghee and medicated ghee prepared.


This is indicated in Timira (cataract).

According to Vangasena, Vrindamadhava

फलत्रिकाभीरुकषायसिद्धं कल्केन यष्टिमधुकांशयुक्तम् ।
सर्पिःसमं क्षौद्रचतुर्भागं हन्यात्त्रिदोषं तिमिरं भवन्तम् ॥
phalatrikābhīrukaṣāyasiddhaṃ kalkena yaṣṭimadhukāṃśayuktam |
sarpiḥsamaṃ kṣaudracaturbhāgaṃ hanyāttridoṣaṃ timiraṃ bhavantam ||
(Reference: Vangasena, Vrindamadhava)


  • Triphala
  • Water
  • Shatavari
  • Yashtimadhu
  • Ghee

Method of preparation

First prepare the decoction by boiling 960 grams of Triphala with 7680 ml of water and reducing it to 1920 ml. To this decoction, add 1920 ml of juice of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), 960 grams of ghee, 240 grams of paste of Yashtimadhu root. This mixture should be boiled and after proper cooking, it should be filtered. After cooling 240 grams of honey is to be added.


Tridoshaja Timira


Baidyanath, AVS Kottakkal.
Dabur – Calls it as Triphala Ghrit
Nagarjuna – Thraiphala Ghrutham

Regarding eye application of Triphala Ghrit:
Should we wash our eyes after instilling this as eye drops?is it sterile and safe to use it directly on the eyes? Should t be made mild warm to melt it?
Hi, if preserved hygienically, it is sterile. No need to warm it. After applying it can be washed off with hot water after 5 – 10 minutes.


In Computer vision syndrome, Triphala ghrith efficacy was evaluated in 30 patients for 7 days. The duration was 15-20 minutes per day. The controlled clinical trial concluded that the therapy was beneficial in significantly relieve the symptoms of CVS.
Depak P. Sawant, Gajanan R. Parlikar, Sandeep V. Binorkar. Efficacy of Triphala Ghrita netratarpan in computer vision syndrome, International journal of Res. Ayurveda Pharm 2013, 4(2):244-248 (1)

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
This article is written by Dr. Janardhana V Hebbar BAMS, MD (Ayu), PGDPSM, Managing Director, Easy Ayurveda Hospital.
It is reviewed by Dr. Raviganesh Mogra BAMS, MD (Ayu), Chief Medical Officer, Easy Ayurveda Hospital

50 thoughts on “Triphala Ghrita Benefits, Dose, How To Use, Side Effects, Ingredients”

  1. Need advice on how to use of Triphala Ghritam, because conflicting info from practitioners; do I use twice per day for 1 month, then twice every other day for 2 weeks, then twice every 3-4 days for 2 weeks, then maintain result by once every 3-4 days (2x per wk) indefinitely?

  2. Hello Dr.Hebbar, In this post, you discourage self-treatment with triphla ghee. For computer strain would you recommend just plain ghee? Also, will triphala ghee be much more potent than ghee for this problem? Thank you and Happy new year.

  3. Sir, triphala is not recommended for thin people.
    But triphala along with ghee, i.e., triphala grihatam can be given to thin people, right? Because ghee will balance the drying factor of Triphala. So, Triphala Grihtam is “detoxifying and nourishing” and triphala is “more detoxifying” right? Please correct if I’m wrong.

    Another question is: Triphala has so wide range of benefits but Triphala Grihatam is mostly given for eye disorders only. Why? Does triphala grihtam lose the powerful laxative and other benefits of Triphala?

    And third: Since it involves Ghee, it is helpful for weight gain?

    • if at all necessary triphala can be used in thin people also.
      triphala gritham is MAINLY used in eye disorders. it is used in panchakarma for snehana procedure which is for so many types of disorders. it is mainly pittahara.
      triphala gritha can not be used to increase weight, since it is pittahara it will surely cleanse your body but hardly increase your body mass.

  4. I have had twitching in my left eye for quite sometime. An Ayurvedic consultant suggested Mahattraiphala Gritam from Kottakal. I have been taking 1/2 to 1 spoon twice a day with warm water for almost a month. I still have the twitch, even though I feel the occurrences have reduced. Should I continue with it or is there anything else I can try ? Thanks

  5. sir. iam using triphala ghrutia And sapthamhritha lauh january of 2015 for the eye sight (vision improvement). before right eye 6/18, left eye 6/9. now right eye 6/6 (partial), left eye 6/6. how much time it take recover 6/6 vision.

  6. Hello Doctor,

    I want to know whether Triphala Ghrita and Mahatriphala Ghrita are the one and the same thing or they are different?
    If different, then what are their differences?


    • Hello Sir, The drugs are different in both.
      Triphala Ghrita benefits:
      It is widely used as medicine and also in preparatory procedure called snehakarma for the treatment of tumors, early stage of cataract, Erysipelas, Excessive discharge in women, eye pain with itching and discharge, cough, oedema, hair fall, intermittent fever, pterygium and such other eye and eye lid related diseases.

      Triphala Ghrita benefits:
      It is widely used as medicine and also in preparatory procedure called snehakarma for the treatment of tumors, early stage of cataract, Erysipelas, Excessive discharge in women, eye pain with itching and discharge, cough, oedema, hair fall, intermittent fever, pterygium and such other eye and eye lid related diseases.

      Maha Triphala Ghrita:
      Has anti oxidant activities. Very useful in cataract. This prevents and delays progression of cataract.

  7. Hi, the dose of TG can be decided independantly of YG.
    You can opt for Triphala ghrit – 1/4 teaspoon 2 times a day for 1 month time. If symptoms do not improve, please consult a doctor directly.

  8. my top of the left eye is continusely getting pain, shall i use triphala ghritham. how to use, how long i use. please tell. thanks

  9. My son is 13 months old, he has clogged tear duct on his right eye, i have been massaging it as per the doctor suggestion the last 2.5 months but still clogged! the doctor wants to do a tear duct wash which is a small surgery! Will thriphala ghrita help the clogged tear duct to open up? Please advise asap. Thanks

  10. Hello sir meta beta 8 sal ka hai usko squint eye hai aur +3 number ka chashma dala hai to muje bataye ki trifala gharit kese use karu

  11. Sir, I have open angle glaucoma since last four years. I am using Xalacom, Alphagan and Azopt eye drops, but still I am loosing my vision. Can Ayurveda help some way to cure glaucoma?


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