Ayurvedic Treatment of Cataract

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Ayurvedic Treatment of Cataract

Eyes are the most important part of life. Do don't want to imagine a life without eyes. Cataract is a clouding of the lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil in the eye, which affects vision. Cataract, also known as timira or lin ganasha in ayurveda is one of the most common eye diseases in old age. A cataract can occur in one or both the eyes but cannot spread from one eye to the other.

Symptoms of Cataract

The first sign to appear during the early stage of cataract is the blurring of vision. Patients find it difficult to focus on they object with a loss of visual sharpness. In the final stage of Cataract there is a grayish white discoloration of the pupil. Contrast sensitivity is also lost; as a result contour, shadows and color vision are less accurate. Cataract also brings about emotional stress and falls while on the road, bringing about physical damages.

Causes of Cataract

The major causes of Cataract are:

  • Accumulation of the fluid in the lens of the eyes due to decreased blood circulation.
  • Cataract can also be a result of decreased gastric fire, which leads to poor absorption of food and hence, the body doesn't get proper nourishment including the ocular lens which leads in poor functioning of the lens fibers.
  • Sometimes due to poor blood circulation and decreased immunity, various salts gets deposited on the lens, which increases pressure on the lens, thereby affecting vision by slowly destroying the optical fibers and disintegrating the lens fibers and clouding the whole lens.
  • Due to a healthy lifestyle many toxins combines with the blood, which leads to formation of early cataract. The over straining of eyes by watching excess television, computers, reading books in dim lights and in faulty postures results in irritation of eyes thereby making it more weak.
  • Apart from all these reasons Cataract can also be a result of ocular injury, stress and strain, excessive alcohol intake, excessive intake of salts and sugars, gastrointestinal or gallbladder disturbances, diabetes, malnourishment, fatty acid intolerance, radiation, side effects of allopathic drugs, etc.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Cataract

Though, ayurvedic treatment is only beneficial in the early stages of cataract but it is very effective in preventing the Cataract. Some of the measures to prevent Cataract are:

  • Vegetables with olive oil and lemon juice are very useful. Steamed vegetables of spinach, fenugreek, drumsticks, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, turnips and a few nuts or some fruits are extremely useful. Strictly avoid potatoes or white flour or any baked food.
  •  More salts and sugars in the food should be avoided. Don't consume more refined cereals, rice, puddings, pies coffee and tea. Pickles, sauces, condiments, or any other beverages are strictly prohibited while treatment.
  • Aniseed (saunf) is as an excellent remedy for Cataract. Consuming six grams of aniseed everyday in the morning and evening is extremely beneficial. Aniseed and coriander powder mixed with brown sugar in equal quantities are also beneficial. This helps eyes to regain its energy.
  • Drinking carrot juice twice a day is very beneficial as it is a rich source of vitamin A. Use of unprocessed honey three times a day as eye drop is very useful for reducing stress in the eyes.
  • Exercises like rolling the eye in clock-wise and anticlock-wise directions, up and down, right and left should be done for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening.
  • An ayurvedic tonic called Mahatriphala ghrita is very beneficial in treating diseases like cataract but only in the early stage.
  • An ayurvedic medication, triphala water, in which all three myrobalans, harada, bahera and amla have been soaked overnight, should be used to wash the eyes at least three times a day.
  • Paste of chandrodaya vati mixed with honey should be applied to eyes. This promotes blood circulation to eyes nourishes the ocular tissues.
  • Taking half teaspoon of an ayurvedic drug called Yashti Madhu with 1/4 teaspoon of ghee and half teaspoon of honey twice a day on an empty stomach is very useful.
  • Some specific asanas of yoga like sarvangasana, shirsasana are highly beneficial.

Cataracts are most prevalent after an age of 40 years and very difficult to avoid with ageing. But it can be avoided in the early stage of its occurrence with the help of some ayurvedic treatment of cataract. Though during the final stage the only treatment is surgical replacement of lens.

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