Our eyes are vital to our life, yet we often neglect to take care of them. Ayurveda educates on the importance of eye health and how practicing daily self-care helps maintain healthy eyes. The classical Ayurvedic texts mention in great detail the importance of eye health. There are many chapters on anatomy, physiology, reversing common disorders, and preventive practices to maintain healthy eyes. In modern life it has become increasingly important to protect our eyes, as we stare at artificial light, computer screens or television for long periods of time.
We have five senses that we utilize to interact with the physical world. Out of all the five senses, Chakshu Indriya is located in the eyes and is considered the most important one. Its importance lies in its function which gives us a visual perception of the objects around us.
Anatomically, eyes are made up of all five the great elements, earth, water, fire, air and space, but there is a predominance of the fire element in the form of light. Physically our eyes transform the light that reflects off the objects in our environment, this is how we see. The fire element is contained within pitta dosha which governs the eyes. When pitta dosha becomes aggravated, symptoms like pain, pricking, itching, burning, redness, dryness or watery eyes develop.
Asatmyendriyarth is a Sanskrit word comprising three words. Asatmya means that which is not suitable, indriya means sensory organs, and artha means objects. When the sensory organs are exposed to inappropriate objects, then it is called Asatmyendriyarth Samyoga and is one of the three major causes of illness according to Ayurveda.
For example, when we watch television or work on a computer for a long time it exposes our eyes to extended periods of bright artificial light, this puts an extra strain on our eyes. This is an example of using our eyes in an unhealthy way and overtime leads to eye strain or aggravated pitta dosha in the eyes.
Suppression or neglect of the body's natural urges also falls under Asatmendriyarth Samyoga. For instance, when we make a practice of staying up late at night and neglect our urge to sleep this also aggravates pitta dosha and strains our eye health.
Ayurveda provides numerous ways we can support healthy eyes in our daily lives. Eye care in Ayurveda emphasizes preventing the aggravation of pitta dosha through daily self-practices.
Uninterrupted, naturally-induced sleep is essential for healthy eyes. Sleep rejuvenates our mind, body, and senses. Staying up late and avoiding the natural urge to rest results in heavy, tired eyes. Long periods of sleep deprivation may cause symptoms such as dry eyes and blurry vision. For strong vision and healthy eyes, Ayurveda recommends going to sleep before 10 pm and is essential for healthy restorative sleep. Getting seven to eight hours of sound sleep will help protect your eyes.
Ayurveda recommends some specific foods and supplements for healthy eyes. Wholefood like rice, barley, green mung beans, bitter gourd, ghee, grapes, and coriander seeds in tea or cooking. If you are experiencing health issues with your eyes, avoid sour and spicy foods as well as alcohol and coffee because they can aggravate pitta dosha. Triphaldi Churnam can also be taken internally to improve eye health.
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Jwara is a Sanskrit word for fever and according to Ayurveda it is considered the "king of all illnesses". This is because Jwara affects not just the body but also the mind and senses. Ayurveda understands jwara as not only an increase in body temperature but is also a feeling of malaise, unease, and discomfort, and involves the deha (body), indriya (senses), and mana (mind).
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