Eyes are the most important, delicate and beautiful sensory organ in our body. A small carelessness will lead to darkness of our life,so we should take a very good care of our eyes.
According to Ayurveda Pitta Dosha (element of fire) governs our eyes. Alochak Pitta lives in the eyes. When it is in balance-eyes are healthy, bright, clear with sharp eye sight.Tarpak Kaph keeps eyes lubricated moist and cool. Prana Vayu is responsible for the movement of eyes, blinking and sensory perception.
Causes of Eye Diseases-
1.Improper Diet-Excessive intake of oily, spicy, salty and sour food,
Junk Food,Instant food and Fermented food
2. Improper Lifestyle- Watching Tv & Working on computers for long hours
Improper light/dim light while reading
Reading in moving vehicle
Lack of Sleep and rest
Taking shower with cold water after coming from hot sun
3.Excessive Heatiness of the body
5.Vit A deficiency
Due to improper diet and lifestyle Pitta Dosha gets aggrevated in the body causing imbalance of Alochak Pitta & other doshas in the eyes. Vitiated Dosha in the eyes gives rise to eye diseases.
Symptoms of Eye diseases-
Irritated, red eyes
Burning, Itching of eyes
Dry eye syndrome
Puffiness of eyes
Diet and Life style Changes
Ayurvedic preparations like-Triphala Grhitam, Patoladi Grhitam, Triphala Choorna, Elaneer Kuzhumbu( eye Drops)
Eye Treatment- Akshi Tarpanam/Netra Tarpanam
Tarpanam is a Sanskrit word means Nourishment . Akshi/Netra Tarpanam is the nourishment of eyes. It is done by retention of medicated ghee on eye orbit.The Dough ring prepared out of Blackgram is applied around the orbit, so not allowing ghee to ooze out. Liquified medicated ghee is poured into the ring and retained for certain period of time. Person is instructed to blink eyes and rotate eyeballs in the process.
It is the eye cleansing process.It gives relaxing and cooling effect on irritated, stressed eyes.It gives nourishment not only to eyes but throughout the whole body.
Benefits of Tarpanam-
Balances Vata & Pitta Dosha(medicated ghee helps to cool Pitta & lubricate Vata Dosha)
Improves eye sight & vision
Strengthen the optic nerve
Prevent Different eye diseases
Prevent formation of Cataract