Do you suffer from poor eyesight, dry or puffy eyes, and other eye conditions? Here at the clinic we stress the importance of taking care of our eyes from a young age to prevent degeneration. Ayurveda has a number of treatments, herbs and lifestyle recommendations to nourish and strengthen the eyes. Continue reading to learn about the eyes from an Ayurvedic perspective.
The entire human body is made up of the Panchamahabhutas, the elements. Ayurveda teaches us that the eyes include all of the elements – air, ether, fire, water and earth. The dominant element in the eyes is the element of fire and Alochaka Pitta governs the functioning of our eyes.
The black portion of our eye is related to the air element, the sclera from the water, tear ducts from the element of space, the muscles as the earth element and the blood vessels as fire.
By examining the eyes of a patient, we can identify potential imbalances occurring in the body. For instance, if someone has bloodshot eyes we would understand a likely pitta imbalance would need to be addressed. Also, remember that often times there is more than one dosha responsible for an imbalance. Therefore we can not assume that pitta would be the only dosha responsible for a patients bloodshot eyes.
There are a number of Ayurvedic remedies suggested for treating conditions of the eyes. One of our favorite treatments is Akshi Tarpana. In this treatment, medicated ghee is warmed and placed in a ring of dough around the eyes. This treatment is indicated to prevent degeneration, dryness of the eyes, eye strain, macular degeneration and more. 👀
During a consultation the practitioner may also advise different Ayurvedic eyedrops and medicated ghee to be used at home. It is important to see a practitioner to determine which products are most suited for you. Rose water can also be very soothing for the eyes.
Nurturing the eyes is so important, especially as we age. If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au or call/text 0406 810 547.
With love from Lakshmi Ayurveda.
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