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Akshitarpana (Netrabasti)

The phrase Akshitarpana ( also called Netrabasti)  is from Sanskrit where Akshi refers to eyes(Netra=eyes) and tarpana stands for nourishment (basti= retaining something inside). This procedure is popularly called as kriyakalpa for eye diseases  in Ayurveda.  Kriyakalpa literally means treatment. Akshitarpana is an eye care treatment and rejuvenation program in Ayurveda. This is ideally prescribed after a course of a body detox program preferably,  Virechana (therapeutic purgation) and a course of  Nasyam (nasal  instillation of medicated drops).

Procedure:


  • The person is made to lie down over back on the Droni (massage table)
  • The dough ring prepared out of blackgram is applied around the eyeball
  • The dosha specific medicated ghee is made lukewarm (around 27 degree Celsius)
  • The ghee is poured into the cavity with the eyes closed,till it covers the eyelashes.
  • The person is instructed to blink the eyes
  • At the end of the procedure the ghee and the ring are removed; eyes are wiped with cotton swab
  • The person is made to sniff the medicated smoke with closed eyes
  • He is advised to avoid bright light soon after the procedure

Duration of the treatment: 30 minutes

Benefits:

  • Balances Vata and pitta doshas.
  • Improves the vision
  • Removes dark circles under the eyes.
  • Revitalizes and rejuvenates tired, dry , rough and injured eyes
  • Strengthens the nerves and muscles of the eyes
  • Eye strain due to constant glaring of the computer or television screen;  eye strain due to precision job like jewellery designing; long distance drive
  • Prevents formation of cataract

Indications:

  • Burning in the eyes
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Chronic Conjunctivitis
  • Pain in the eyes
  • Watering and cloudiness of the eyes
  • Night Blindness
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Squinting
  • Refractive errors of the eyes.
  • Early stages of retinitis pigmentosa
  • Early stages of retinopathy
  • Ptosis
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