Cataract: Cataract is the clouding of lens in the eye which leads to decrease in vision. It can affect either one or both eyes. If left untreated it may result in total blindness. Cataract is common in the age group of 40 and above. It is the principal cause of blindness all over the world.
Exposure to radiation
As secondary to diseases like diabetes
Difficulty in bright light/glare
Troubled night vision
Seeing halos around light
Fading of colors
In Ayurveda, cataract is termed Linganasa (Linga – lens and Nasa – Destruction). If diagnosed early it can be cured without surgery.
Remedies for Cataract
- Triphala :- The combination of 3 fruit triphala (Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)) is considered as one of the best medicines for all eye- related issues. Either externally or internally it can show miraculous effect on eye. Washing with Triphala decoction will keep eyes fresh and makes vision clear. Internal administration in the form of pills, ghee, powder etc is also recommended.
- Castor oil is said to be effective remedy in managing cataract and helping in its prevention also. Apply one drop of pure castor oil inside eyes at bed time. This is recommended for cataract patients.
- Punarnava (Boerhavia diffuse) is said to be an excellent plant in managing cataract. It is used in so many formulations such as pills, ghee etc. for eye disorders. It can also be taken as leafy vegetable.
- Poovamkurunnila (Cyanthillium Cinereum) is also a good medicine for the management as well as prevention of cataract. Its main usage is in the preparation of Ayurvedic herbal kajal.
Allowing medicated ghee/ specially- prepared herbal juices to stay over opened eyes in a specific manner to ensure the maximum absorption into the eyes.
Washing the eyes with medicated decoction to relieve eye strain and to improve vision.
Rasakriya, the semi solid preparation, which can be used for application in eyes for the management of cataract. Elaneer kuzhambu is the commonly using rasakriya in cataract.
Anjana, the medicated kajal prepared out of various herbal products, can be applied in the eyes for the management as well as the prevention of cataract.
But always keep in mind that prevention is better than cure. Cleaning eyes with fresh and cold water, reduces eye straining, practising eye exercises and following a healthy diet will help us to maintain good vision.
Dr. Parvathy S
Ramanandam Ayurvedic Wellness
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