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Looking at Your Eyes through Ayurveda

Our eyes, they say, are the mirror of the soul. Alas, in today’s world of compulsive gazing at computer, mobile or television screens most of us suffer from dry, red, itchy and uncomfortable eyes. This is certainly not what the poets down the ages imagined when they sang romantic and sentimental paeans to the beauty of the eye! Dryness and itchiness brought about by gadget gazing is just one of the minor ailments that can afflict our eyes. Eyes are complex organs and are susceptible to various diseases. In addition, diseases that affect other parts of the body can affect the eyes too. oakley pas cher Ayurveda emphasises the importance of healthy eyes.   Visionary Ayurveda   Shalakya tantra is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda. It concentrates on the study, prevention diagnosis and treatment of all the diseases occurring above the neck. This includes the eyes, ears, mouth, nose and head. Shalakya tantra is mentioned in the three ancient Ayurveda manuscripts, Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Ashtanga Hrudaya. The sub-section that focuses exclusively on eyes is known as nethrachikitsa. There is an interesting twist in the way Ayurveda describes the properties of a healthy eye. It is believed that the eyes are ruled by the sun and are therefore bright, brilliant and full of luster. However, this also makes the eyes fiery by nature and susceptible to irritation. Nike Air Max Femme The manuscripts, especially Sushruta Samhita, accurately describe the anatomy of the eye. Written thousands of years ago, the samhita explains that the shape of the eye is oblong as opposed to the popular perception that it is round. Ayurveda’s anatomical description of the eye gives intricate details about the thickness of the eyeball, the different layers (patal) of the eyes, the pupil (drishti), the inner canthus (kaninak), the outer canthus (apanga), the lens and even the eye lids and eye lashes. The samhita prescribes treatment for almost 72 eye-related diseases and describes the surgical procedure for cataract. Acharya Sushruta, the main complier of the Sushruta Samhita, was an expert on treatment of glaucoma. Eye ailments may develop whenever there is an imbalance in any of the body’s five elements. New Balance 997.5 mujer Ayurveda practitioners believe that different elements are responsible for the health of different parts of the eye. hogan scarpes outlet It is believed that the earth (prithvi), fire (tejas), air (vayu), water (apu) and space (akash) govern the eye muscles, the blood vessels, the color, the white area and the tear ducts respectively. The health of the eye is also determined by our age. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren wit In Ayurveda terminology, eye health is governed by the Alochaka Pitta, a subdosha of Pitta. gel lyte 3 The Alochaka Pitta becomes more and more imbalanced with age, thus affecting our eyes. shutterstock_157468175   Panchakarma for Healthy Eyes   Netra Basti is prescribed to rejuvenate the eye and to de-stress it. During the procedure, a small donut-shaped structure made of urad/wheat dough is placed around the eyes. Medicated ghee is poured into the well of the donut. nike air max bambini The eye is bathed in the ghee for around 20 minutes before the patient is urged to open his eyes and blink a few times. The ghee is then carefully removed. The procedure cleanses, lubricates and rejuvenates the eye. The treatment is also effective in preventing cataract, glaucoma and conjunctivitis. Netra Dhara or Netra Vasti is a half-hour procedure in which a herbal decoction is poured in a steady trickle into the eye to continuously wash it. The process eliminates eye stress, fatigue, pain and adds luster. Nasya Karma involves introducing a mix of herbs and oils through the nostrils. It is specifically meant for diseases related to the head. Once instilled through the nostril, the medicine penetrates the eyes, ears, head and throat and expels all impurities. A quick and easy home remedy is to wash eyes daily with cool water. Practitioners suggest filling the mouth with water while doing the procedure. adidas 2017 pas cher This makes the eye protrude out and a wider area gets washed and soothed with water. Ghee rubbed on the soles of the feet also improves vision. These treatments have been refined to a fine art by practitioners of Ayurveda in Kerala, a land synonymous with this ancient science of healing.   Herbs and Other Remedies for Healthy Eyes   4990-amla-juice-for-skin-hair-and-health Amla or gooseberry juice taken daily can strengthen eyes and vision. Other popular remedies for improving vision and reducing eye fatigue include applying oil or paste made of Bhraingraj, drinking a mixture of powdered asparagus with half teaspoon of honey and washing the eyes with the extract of fresh rose petals. A teaspoon of liquorice powder mixed with cow’s milk, ghee or honey can work wonders to refresh eyes. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren wit Burning eyes can be soothed by bathing them gently with milk soaked cotton balls or freshly sliced cucumber slices. This is done to placate the excessive pitta that is responsible for the burning or irritation in the eyes. nike air max 95 uomo Triphala is an important Ayurvedic formulation for eye heath. It is a powder made with three fruits – amlakai, bibhitaki and Haritaki. The powder strengthens eye muscles and is used in dealing with eye problems like myopia, conjunctivitis, glaucoma and cataract.

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