Not many people agree, but the science of Ayurveda has been an integral part of our lives since the beginning of time. It is because the primary aim of this science is at prevention of diseases and promotion of our overall well being. The holistic approach of this form of treatment has been accepted and appreciated by all.
With respect to eye care, Ayurveda has a separate branch dedicated to it. It follows the methodologies, therapies, and medicines described under the ‘Shalakya Tantra’ that deals with intensive eye care. The book has hundreds of effective, safe, simple and completely natural methods of maintaining and treating eye health problems. Despite being primitive, these methods are still viable and can be included in our daily lives without much hassle.
A Closer Look At Ayurvedic Eye Treatment
Eyes have a very special place when it comes to ascertaining the quality of life. They are our guiding lights to the world around us and yet people take them for granted. They receive attention only in case of some serious infection, disease, or health problem that starts interfering with normal vision. The digital era may have increased our reach to global resources and knowledge but it has also exposed our eyes and senses to unwanted stress and overuse. The imbalance is not caused by overuse but by our inability to balance it with a healthy diet and practices.
Along with overexposure to digital gadgets, people also make unhealthy food and living choices. This further degrades the condition by aggravating other diseases such as blood sugar, diabetes, liver problems, poor digestion, and accumulation of toxins in several inner parts of the body. When Ayurveda speaks of eye care, it focuses on all these elements to ensure that if a disease is treated once, it is treated for good and by root.
Just the way our body is constituted by various elements, our eyes are also constituted by several elements. The muscles in it are dominated by the earth element while the blood vessels are governed by fire, air gives the eye colour, water represents the white in the eyes and the tear ducts are governed by space. In terms of energy, our eyes are governed by a subtype of the Pitta Dosha - alochaka pitta. Therefore, when the pitta dosha gets vitiated or aggravated by any reason, our eyes become vulnerable to diseases and infections.
Ayurvedic eye treatment experts suggest that good eye care habits can be very crucial in keeping our vision clear and maintaining eye health. It suggests several practices that can be implemented in our daily lives to maintain good eye health:
Eyes should be bathed with clean and cool water every morning. Hold some water in your mouth as you splash cool water on your eyes. Avoid using too cold or too hot water as it may have a reverse effect on the eyes.
Ayurvedic texts suggest that staring intensely at a ghee lamp lit with a cotton wick can improve vision to a great extent. It strengthens the vision and improves luster in the eyes.
- If you are tired or your eyes feel exhausted, it might be a good idea to place cotton soaked in milk over them.
- Regular sole massage before bed is an excellent practice to detoxify your body and keep your eyes healthy and safe. The massage stimulates various points located in the soles and rejuvenates our complete system while we sleep.
- Cucumber slices are quite effective in eye care as they have a cooling and moist effect on them. Whenever you take a break from your work on a hot or humid day, take two cucumber slices and place them on your eyes for 5-10 minutes. You have no idea but the practice may do wonders for your vision.
- Amla, papaya, apples and grapes are considered vital sources of vitamins and minerals that keep our eyes healthy. Try to add these fruits to your everyday breakfast and you will see the difference within a few weeks.
- Serious problems like Glaucoma, Diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, etc are treated with Panchakarma therapies, herbal medicines, strict diet and lifestyle modifications. However, if you are planning to undergo any such treatment, it is advised to visit a proper Ayurvedic eye hospital that has experts and experienced doctors.
Published by Prakash Nethralaya