Eye is the most beautiful gift of mother nature to mankind. All the valuables of this world are useless if one is deprived of vision. Thousands of pages of hundreds of books are written about the beauty of eyes. Today’s stressed lifestyle has given rise to many dreadful diseases which are directly responsible for vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eyes and many others are increasing day by day. There is a specialized branch of Ayurvedic Ophthalmology in Ayurveda classics since ancient times. Ayurvedic eye treatment is getting popular nowadays. Ayurveda being holistic in nature, offers successful treatments for diseases of retina and nerves. Ayurvedic Therapies like Netradhara, Anjanam, Nasya, Shirodhara, Tharpana etc are done in a specialized way to get the best results.
As per the vedic knowledge of Ayurveda, there are 5 elements constituting the matter forming the perfect health of eyes. Earth (prithivi) controls the muscular component of the eye, fire (tejas) governs the vessels of blood, air (vayu) authorizes the color, water (apu) controls the white area, and space (akasha) organizes the tear ducts & channels. The eye is also administered by Alochaka Pitta, which is subdosha of Pitta which becomes less balanced as we grow in terms of age. That’s why it’s imperative to heed for your eyes during the entire course of life.
The major treatment procedures are Tharpana, Nethradhara, Anjanam, Aschotanam, Nasya, Virechana, Shirodhara, Shirovasti, Pindi and Vidalaka. Along with these procedures, Nourishing Ayurveda medicines strengthen the complete system of eye starting from cornea to lens , retina and optic nerves.