Everyday, we ‘see’ beautiful things around us as we move ahead in our journey of life. Most of the time, we don’t just ‘see’ things but we observe them, analyze them and then either keep staring at them or choose to ignore them. It is the magical power of those twinkling pair that helps us see things around us and hence they are considered mystical, wonderful and essential.
These pair of eyes were once independent and worked without assistance. Today, this situation has changed dramatically. Now, this pair is mostly assisted with spectacles, contact lens and other devices for better and clearer vision. These devices can mar the beauty of the face or be a hindrance to many daily activities like sports. Ayurveda is known to have solutions that can correct and prevent the disorders of the eye. Through this article Dr. Jignesh K Kevalia explains to us about the different herbs that help to improve vision and prevent eye disorders.
According to Ayurveda, all five elements of nature play an important role in maintaining the eye health. Earth governs the muscular part of the eye, fire rules the blood vessels, air governs the colour, water dominates the white area and space controls the tear ducts and channels. There are various causative factors in our surroundings that directly or indirectly mutilate the eyes. Prevention of blindness and management of visual impairment with the help of ancient Ayurvedic science is very popular today. Ayurveda management of eye disorders helps to prevent and overcome these disorders. Various techniques in Ayurveda like Dinacharya, Healthy diet, Yoga, Pranayam helps to achieve this end. Apart from this,selected herbsplay an important role in treating the various eye syndromes.
Ahara (food) for improving eyesight
- Consuming good amount of apple and grapes helps in improving eyesight.
- Carrots have a good quantity of vitamin A and making them a regular part of our diet can enhance the eyesight.
- Cucumber juice does wonders for the eyes. It helps to improve the vision of the eyes.
- Adding spinach to the diet is good. It purifies blood, increases hemoglobin and improves eyesight.
- Turnip, fresh milk, cheese, butter, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, soya beans, green peas, oranges and dates are good source of vitamin A. Including them in the diet is good for better eyesight.
- Almondsare ideal for the eyes. It strengthens the vision and calms the mental chatter. Take 1 to 2 nos.of almonds a day with warm milk or sweet orange juice.
- Mix cardamom seeds with 1 tablespoon of honey and consume daily. It improves the health of the eyes.
- Consuming blueberry juice is also considered to be very beneficial for the eyes.Other important sources are fruits, vegetables and dryfruits.
Ayurvedic Herbs for Chakshushya (improving Eyesight):
Amla: Extract the juice of fresh amla and drink 20 ml twice daily.
Shatavari: Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered asparagus in half teaspoon of honey. Take the mixture twice daily with warm cow’s milk.
Yashtimadhu: Take approximately half to 1 teaspoon of liquorice powder with cow’s milk twice daily. This powder can also be mixed with ghee or honey.
Juice of Shigru: Root with honey applied as anjana alleviates TridoshajaNetra-Roga. Plant is used in improving vision and provide protection against retinal damage. It also prevents capillary membranes from solidifying; thus avoids retinal dysfunction.
Jivanti:Leaves of this herb is used internally, even as a vegetable to improve eyesight.
Bhringraj:Bhringrajor Amalaki oil or paste is applied over eye, to improve eye vision.
Black Pepper: Black Pepper powder is mixed with honey to improve eyesight.
Ghee:A small amount of ghee is rubbed on the soles of the feet to improve eye vision.
Garlic: The juice extracted from fresh garlic is used for regaining lost eyesight.
Taruni(Rose): Freshly extracted juice of properly cleaned rose petals is used both internally and externally for improving eye vision.
Seed Kataka: Pounded with honey and Karpura, it is applied as anjana (colliryum) for drishti-prasadana (imparts clear vision).
Maricha: Pounded with curd and applied as anjana, it alleviates night blindness.
Chakshusya: Seeds are used externally for various eye complaints.
Agasthya: Juice of the flower is dropped in the eye for correcting night blindness and sight-weakness and also for promoting vision.
Mudga: Antioxidant, source of vitamin A, alleviates kapha, pitta in blood.
Honey: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial. It protects eyes from mascular degeneration; its regular internal as well as external application prevents glaucoma in the initial stage of disease.
Triphala: Yavakutis soaked overnight, filtered and is used to wash eyes for correctingvarious eye syndromes like cataract, glaucoma, progressive myopia and conjunctivitis. It is an important medicine for eye health, especially for blurred vision or to prevent the development of cataract.
It strengthens the muscles of the eyes and improves sight.
TriphalaGhrita: Ghrita (ghee) prepared with Triphala is useful in conjunctivitis and many other eye troubles. It balances the vitiation of the vata dosha and normalizes it.
Triphala Eye Wash: A teaspoonful of Triphala powder is mixed in a glass of water (use of distilled water is preferable), and allowed to stay overnight. Strain the water and use it to wash the eyes.
Chandraprabhavati:These tablets can be had after meal for toning the eye.
PathyadiKwath: A decoction is internally taken 2 to 3 times before meal or at night to cure various eye diseases.
NetraBindu:Thiswater or decoction is used as eye drops.
SadangaGugguluGhrita: A formulation used to treat inflammation, pain, suppuration, blurred vision, corneal ulcer, redness, etc.
Patoladyaghrita: Ghritapreparedis an excellent remedy for eye-lids.
ChandrodayaVarti:A multi-compound formulation cures itch, extra growth of flesh and night-blindness and claimed to cured even three years old corneal opacity.
Note: Medicines should always be taken under prescribed form or with consultancy and as per the guidance by doctors for better result and efficacy.
Dr. Jignesh K Kevalia
Head, Dept. of Pharmacognosy
Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Gujarat Ayurved University
M: 9016 4999 52