Cataract

Chakra Location

Dosha Imbalance

Emotions that Block

Cataracts usually strike older people because they don't see anything positive in their future - it's like being wrapped in fog. The future is old age, illness and death. Programmed suffering. Emotionally work with thoughts, moods and attitudes.

Cataract

Cataracts are a dense, cloudy area that forms in the lens of the eye.

Cataracts begin when the proteins in the eye form clumps that prevent the lens from sending clear images to the retina. The retina works by converting light that comes through the lens into signals, which is send to the optic nerve, which carries them to the brain.

Cataract develops slowly and eventually interferes with vision. Cataracts can occur in both eyes, but they usually do not occur at the same time.

Mostly Cataracts are common in older people.
Causes of cataracts include - overproduction of oxidants, which are oxygen molecules that have been chemically altered due to normal daily life , smoking, ultraviolet radiation, the long-term use of steroids and other medications, certain diseases, such as diabetes, trauma, radiation therapy

There are different types of cataracts. They’re classified based on where and how they develop in your eye: 

  • Nuclear cataracts form in the middle of the lens and become yellow or brown

  • Cortical cataracts are wedge-shaped and form around the edges of the nucleus

  • Posterior capsular cataracts form faster than the other two types and affect the back of the lens

  • Congenital cataracts, which are present at birth or form during a baby’s first year, are less common than age-related cataracts

  • Secondary cataracts are caused by disease or medications. Diseases that are linked with the development of cataracts include glaucoma and diabetes. The use of the steroid prednisone and other medications can sometimes lead to cataracts

  • Traumatic cataracts develop after an injury to the eye, but it can take several years for this to happen

  • Radiation cataracts can form after a person undergoes radiation treatment for cancer

According to Ayurveda, cataracts are known as linga nasha or timira. According to Ayurveda vision depends on healthy Drishti. 

Ayurvedic says that due to aggravated Vata in the body, cataracts develop.  When vitiated doshas are out of harmony it may result in various visual abnormalities and finally loss of vision. Exasperated vata is thought to be in charge of the sign of this infection. Kapha doshas are for the most part in charge. The aggravation of the dosha results in continuous dehydration that leads to clouding of the lens. Hence, the vision gets blocked due to diseased lenses. This condition is called a cataract.
The primary objective of ayurvedic treatment for cataracts is to reduce the dominated body energy that normalizes the blood flow and strengthens the nerves and tissues inside the eye.  Ayurvedic doctors prescribe the medicines that is very effective to  treat cataracts.

There are various herbal remedies for the treatment of cataracts in Ayurveda such as:  Maha triphala ghritais commonly prescribed as a treatment for Triphala provides nourishment and strengthens the nerves and other tissues of the eyeball, while ghee is balanced by exacerbated Vata. Triphala choorna, Chandrodaya vartiis an external drug used in Ayurveda as application - it is slightly irritating in nature, that causes tears in the eyes and promotes blood circulation, Maha triphala ghee provides nourishment and strengthens the nerves and other tissues of the eye ball. 

The Ayurvedic doctor prescribes the necessary procedures - raktamokshana (surgically removing blood from the body) ,  seka (fomentation- moist, warm medicinal compress), nasya (nasal infusion), anjan (eyeliners), aschyotan (Medication in the eye), and lepa kriyakalpa (medical application over the eye) are recommended.


  • ghee is highly recommended in cataracts

  • Take 1 teaspoon of ghee two times daily to keep the vascular system functioning

  •  butter, milk, wheat, mung dal  are recommended

  • Fruits - banana, mint, spinach, grapes, pomegranate, apples and oranges are recommended. 

  • avoid spicy, bitter, acidic and salty foods

  •  avoid excessive heat and sun exposure

  • avoid direct contact with toxic chemicals, X-rays, infrared rays

  • Stop smoking

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Keep diabetes and other medical conditions under control

  • 100g of almonds, 100g of fennel seeds, 100g coriander powder and 10g of dark pepper and grind these into a powder. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture with some sugar before going to sleep.


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