Our Eyes are the most important organ of our body as through it we can relate to this beautiful world. Our eyes are the connection between the outer and inner world and also they are the mirror of our soul. So we need to protect them with lot of care as they are very delicate organ of the body.
Eye muscles help the eyes focus on objects. Excessive strain on the eye can weaken these muscles. Too much of exposure to sun can cause irritation in eyes and to the whole body too. Sometimes excess strain or pain in eyes could be due to constipation, heat, sleeplessness or even due to high exposure to sun light. (Body ache/Irritation due to constipation is because the patients apply more force to pass feces). Eye problems include eye pain, redness, itchiness, bite-like swelling/painful lump on eye lids or tender pimple on the edge of the eye lid, burning sensation, Drishti Mandhya (weak eye sight) etc.
The causes for weak eye sight can be excessive time spending in front of the TV, computer, reading, exposure to harmful pollutants and direct sunlight.
As per Ayurveda, pitta dosha governs our eyes. Aggravation of pitta dosha results in impaired vision and eye problems. Prolonged constipation and nervous debility can cause drishti dosha. Common cold can also lead to eyesight defects. Stress, diabetes, excessive smoking, alcohol intake, caffeinated drinks are also responsible for defective eyesight. The best remedy is to keep pitta cool and calm with proper foods and daily meditation.
Here are few natural remedies to improve eye health;
- Take 4-5almonds, 2tsp fennel seeds and 1tsp sugar candy. Grind these to get powder. Add a tsp of this powder to a glass of warm milk. Drink this before going to bed.
- Apply 2 drops of castor oil to eyes. Also apply castor oil to complete body and bathe in hot water. This helps to cool your body. Do this regularly.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered asparagus in half teaspoon of honey. Take the mixture twice daily with warm cow’s milk.
- Take a cup of warm milk and add 1/2 -1tsp of Yashtimadhu powder, ½ tsp honey or/and ghee. Mix well and drink every day before going to bed for at least 3months for improved eye vision.
- For itchy eyes: Boil 5-6 fresh beetel leaves in 1 cup water and cool it. Use this water to wash the eye for 3times a day or pour 1-2drops of betel leaf juice in the eyes daily morning or evening. Press the eyes with warm/hot cloth for best results.
- Apply aloe Vera paste on eyes and tie a cloth around eyes for 1hour. After, one hour, remove cloth and wash eyes with cold water.
- Cut a piece of aloe-Vera gel and keep it on eyes and tie. After some time remove this and you can feel a cooling effect on eyes.
- Take out 1teaspoon of juice from Banyan unripe fruit and mix it with 10-15grain* camphor and rub it together. Apply on to eyes.
- Nethrabhishyandha- Pain in eyes: Make Anjana (Kajal) adding 4-5 drops of drumstick leaves juice with 2-4drops of honey. Mix well and apply this daily on eyes (like Kajal) two to three times.
- If there is eye itching with burning sensation, apply little ghee on madagunike leaves and warm it slightly. Close eyes and keep it. Tie it with a clean cloth for some time to get relief from eye itching.
- Drishti Mandhya: If eyesight is becoming weak in the early ages and there is no specific problem related to eyes, then follow the below remedy:
Mix pomegranate juice with camphor crystals (pacha karpooram) and Anjana. Mix well and apply on eyes (like Kajal). It is good if you do this at night before going to bed.
Tips and exercise for good eye sight:
- Wash your eyes with plain water 2-3 times every day. You can also wash eyes with an Ayurveda eye wash called triphala tea, which can be helpful in treating eye disorders. Triphala is a well-known eye tonic and anti-inflammatory.
Put a teaspoonful of triphala powder in a glass of water and let it stay overnight. Strain the water and wash the eyes with it.
- Place cooling cotton pads dipped in rose water over the eyes for few moments. This will keep our eyes cool and is helpful for stressed eyes.
- Fix an anti-glare screen to your computer monitor.
- Rub the palms together for few seconds and gently place them over the eyes. This provides a deep rest and helps relax the eye muscles and also helps in blood circulation.
- Rotate your eyes in all the directions. Slowly and steadily concentrate one eye at a time. Do this exercise more than dozen times and try doing this with your eyes shut.
- Netra Basti is recommended for pain and strain of eyes due to excess computer use, allergies, squinting, lazy eye, diminished vision, optic nerve injury, atrophy, and eye spasms.
Netra Basti is bathing your eyes with clarified butter to reduce eye strain and to improve eyesight. The person should lie down with this melted ghee covering their eye for 5 to 20 minutes. The eyes are kept open, allowing the ghee to cool pitta and lubricate vata dosha. Perform this occasionally to maintain healthy eyes
- Foods those are rich in beta carotene (vitamin A) help to improve eyesight. Eat fruits and vegetables that have a deep orange or yellow color.
Diet to improve eye health:
Maintaining a good diet is very important to improve our eye sight/vision. Including foods which are rich in vitamins, nutrients, minerals etc. can avoid serious eye related problems. Have a balanced diet with loads of protein, vegetables, greens and dairy products. Few of the foods that will help to improve eye sight is listed below:
- Carrot: contains beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A, which is good for eyes. Try carrot pulav, carrot soup.
- Amla: contains vitamin C which strengthens eyesight.
- Milk: good source of vitamin A and riboflavin-best nutrients for eye health.
- Citrus fruits: like oranges, lemons etc. are rich in vitamin B-12 and beta-carotene.
- Spinach: or palak green leaf is rich in antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin A, C, iron, calcium etc.Try palak pulav, aloo palak, paneer palak.
- Triphala: Triphala is an ayurvedic herbal powder which is a combination of three Ayurveda fruits Amlakai, bhibhitaki and haritaki. It is an herbal rasayana consisting of equal amounts of all these three ingredients. Triphala is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin c and also balances blood sugar. Triphala include all five different tastes-sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. It also helps to balance tridosha-vata, pitta and kapha.
- Asparagus: also known as Shatavari is an herb with numerous health benefits. Shatavari means, one possessing 100 husbands. The herb is called the queen of herbs in Ayurveda. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, C, K & E. It is also a low calorie vegetable with no fat and no cholesterol. The herb regulates blood sugar and lowers the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
- Yashtimadhu: also known as Licorice and is one of the commonly used herbs in Ayurveda medicine. This herb can be found in almost all houses in India. It has a sweet root and stem. Usage of this herb helps to promote longevity, heals wound, improves skin complexion, relieve vomiting, improves voice, relives itching, improves eye sight/vision, strength, immunity etc. The herb manages vata and pitta.
- Madagunike: also known as wood apple, datura, kanaka or unmatta. Though a poisonous herb, Ayurveda uses this herb for various medicines after purification process. The herb has many medicinal properties like anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-asthmatic.
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