Conjunctivitis is a disease associated with inflammation of conjunctiva which is a thin white layer that lies on the white part of the eye and protects it. It is also called pinkeye and is a common condition faced by many people. In Ayurveda, conjunctivitis is known as netrabhishyanda.
The main cause of Conjunctivitis is a viral or bacterial infection that can spread easily from person to person. Other reasons may be an allergic reaction triggered by substances like shampoo, dust and dirt, pollens, cosmetics, pool chlorine or other chemicals.
- Redness in the white portion of eye (hyperaemia)
- Swelling of conjunctiva (chemosis)
- Tears (epiphora)
- Discharge from the eye
- Burning and blurred vision in the eyes
Conjunctivitis or netrabhishyanda, as it is called in Ayurveda, is related with the impairment of pitta and kapha doshas. Due to aggravated pitta dosha, the health of the eye is affected resulting into redness, watery discharge, yellow secretion and swelling in the eye. For treating conjunctivitis the Ayurvedic way, the process designed includes internal cleansing with herbs to balance the body energies.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
Conjunctivitis cases increase exponentially in monsoons as a humid environment renders an ideal ground for infections to grow and thrive.
- Wash your eyes regularly and use clean water and a separate towel to avoid spreading of infections.
- Wear dark glasses.
- Consume immunity boosting foods that are easily digestible and light in nature.
- Filtered Triphala water can be used to wash the eyes.
- Use water boiled with coriander seeds and leaves powder to wash your eyes thrice a day.
- Add 3 teaspoonful of honey to two cups of hot water and use it wash your eyes twice a day.