In Ayurveda, conjunctivitis is known as Abhishyanda. Conjunctivitis is commonly also known as pink-eye. It is an inflammation of the outer transparent protecting of the eye which is called the conjunctiva. It may some times lead to serious condition like the ulcer of the cornea.
There are three main types of conjunctivitis that are commonly seen:
- Allergic Conjunctivitis
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis
- Viral Conjunctivitis
CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS AS PER AYURVEDA
The most common cause for this is the exposure of the eyes to dust, smoke, cold winds etc. There are many allergens which may also lead to conjunctivitis. Eye cosmetics, contact lenses, mascara, facial powders are few such allergenic substances which may cause conjunctivitis.
The common symptoms of conjunctivitis are given below:
- The eyes become red and are accompanied by itchiness. Water also discharges from the eyes.
- Sometimes there is inflammation of the inner eyelids and the eyes also pain.
- There is a sticky discharge from the eyes which seals the lids together.
- The eyes also become extremely sensitive to light and it is difficult to keep the eyes open for long durations
Depending upon the type of conjunctivitis, the symptoms vary which is shown below:
Type of Conjunctivitis
AYURVEDIC MEDICINES AND PRESCRIPTIONS
The following ayurvedic preparations have good benefits during conjunctivitis.
- NETRASHNI RASA – 200 ml of netrashni rasa should be taken with hot water two times daily.
- MAHATRIPHALADI GHRITA – 10 gm should be taken three times in a day after meals.
- CHANDRODAYA VATI – It should be taken twice in a day to desensitize to allergies.
- TRIPHALA CHURNA – 5 gm of triphala churna should be taken orally with warm water twice daily and its lotion should also be used as an eye wash.
- RASANJANADI RASAKRIYA – It should be used as collyrium in case of chronic conjunctivitis.
Apart from the above mentioned ayurvedic medicines there are some herbs which have been found useful in reducing the symptoms of conjunctivitis.
Common English Name
|Neem||Margosa||A paste is made of neem leaves and applied externally onto the eyes. This is useful in reducing the pain during conjunctivitis.|
|Chirchita||Rough Chaff||The roots of the chirchita are used to make a paste which when applied on the eyes reduces the pain and inflammation of conjunctivitis.|
|Prajmoda||Parsley||The juice of raw parsley is very beneficial for conjunctivitis when applied externally on the eye.|
|Hara Dhania||Coriander||A freshly prepared extract of coriander in water is used to wash eyes. It relieves the burning of the eyes and reduces pain and swelling.|
|Chandi||East Indian Rosebay||The juice of the chandi tree reduces inflammation and provides a soothing effect on the eye.|
|Tarwar||Tenner’s Cassia||Fine powder made of tarwar seeds is used for dusting over the eyes which give great relief in conjunctivitis.|
OTHER NATURAL REMEDIES PRESCRIBED BY AYURVEDA
The eyes should be kept clean and washed after returning from outdoors. Towels, pillows, combs etc. should not be shared.
- Eyes should not be rubbed or wiped with hands. Goggles should be used to prevent the infection from spreading to others.
- Water with borax dissolved in it should be used as an eye wash. This helps to keep the eyes clean and also gives relief.
- A paste made of 4 gm each of large harada, roasted alum and 1 gm of opium with little water should be applied over the eyelids.
- A very good remedy is to take amla juice with a little honey.
- 100 ml of rose water, 2 gm each of rock salt, candid sugar, alum and 5 gm of rasaut should be mixed and used as an eye drop.
DIET AND OTHER REGIMEN
- Hot, oily, spicy and hard to digest foods should be avoided as they may worsen the condition by producing more inflammation. Sour substances should also be avoided.
- Fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables should be increased as these have a cooling effect on the body.
- A mild laxative may be given to get rid of constipation.