EYE is an important organ enabling vision in all living creatures. But the human eye functions not only by vision but also by reacting to light and pressure. As every other part of the human body, eye is also affected by auto immune disorder. The eye encounters quite a number of health issues right from childhood.
Some of the eye related problems faced are:
- Macular degeneration
- Night blindness
- Swelling and redness
- Hyperopia and myopia
- Retinal disorders
- Cataract in babies
- Lazy eyes (amblyopia)
- Diabetic macular edema
- Floaters and flashes
- Low vision
- Ocular hypertension
At the micro level disorders of the eye are further classified and treated appropriately by modern medicines. However many of the common ailments related to the eye can be cured or reduced by the use of a number of herbs.
While there is no research based and established information available on the treatment of eye problems with herbs, our ancestors have been using herbs with definite positive results from time immemorial. Ayurveda and siddha also practices usage of herbs in treating ailments related to eye.
Herbs to cure and improve eye health
CYNODON DACTYLON known as Bermuda grass (arugampul) is available in abundance as a stray grass in uncultivated lands. The grass is skewed and the juice is extracted. By applying the grass juice like drops eye diseases and blurred vision are cured.
PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA, Indian gooseberry is an easily available herbal fruit very useful in curing various bodily ailments. It is particularly helpful to the eyes. Consumption of young unripe fruit by grinding with little salt along with morning food prevents and cures disorders. Low vision problem is cured by using the fruit after removing the seeds and then dried and used as bath powder.
JASMINUM SAMBAC also known as Arabian jasmine or Iruvaatchi. The leaves of the herb are boiled with oil and the oil extract is applied on the head to cure eye diseases and to enhance vision.
ALLIUM CEPA (Onion) – apart from various culinary uses onion is also used as an herb to cure various ailments in the body. The extract from the flowers of onion is used as eye drop to cure loss of vision and to enhance vision.
THALICTRUM FOLIOLOSUM is an herb found in the hills of Himalayas where it is called peelajaari. In South India it is known as urogini or peetharokini. The herb has the potential to cure eye diseases. The plant herb is squeezed well and soaked in gingili oil and exposed to sun light for eight days. Thereafter the oil is distilled manually and used as eye drop regularly every day during bed time to enhance vision.
BAUHINIA PURPUREA, known as kaattu mandhaarai or poongaaram is a medicinal plant. The flower from the plant is used to cure all types of eye diseases. The flower is boiled with gingili oil and used as bath oil for curing eye diseases. About 200gm of the flower is boiled in 500gm oil and then distilled for application on the head before bathing.
CROCUS SATIVUS or saffron is another herb found useful in curing eye diseases. The pollen of the saffron flower is dissolved in mother’s milk and applied in the eyes continuously in the mornings to cure eye disorders.
MICHELIA CHAMPACA (champak) is an evergreen tree. Its flowers among other parts are used in traditional medicines. The flower is squeezed with pure water and extracted after an hour. The extract is then used as eye drop to enhance the vision.
AMARANTHUS GANGETICUS, also called as sirukeerai in Tamil, is used as a normal vegetable leaf. But its medicinal properties are significant. Consuming the cooked leaf with dhal continuously can cure eye disorders and partial blindness.
PHOENIX FARNINFERA or sitreechu seeds are used to cure cataract. The seeds of the tree is rubbed on stone with water and the resultant paste is applied on the eye lashes to cure cataract.
TABERNAEMONTANA CORONARIA, also known as crepe jasmine is a big herbal plant, the flowers of which are placed on the eyelids and softly bandaged during bed time to cure redness in the eyes, cataract and other eye disorders.
MOLLUGO CERVIANA, known as parpaadagam is an herbal plant and the whole plant is soaked in water and consumed to cure eye irritation.
CALOPHYLLUM APETALUM is a plant used for various medicine preparations. Its flowers and leaf are soaked in water and the water used for cleaning the eyes to cure irritation and swelling of the eyes.
PONNAGANTIKURA (Ponnaanganni), also called as Sessile Joy Weed, is a sweetish leafy vegetable regularly consumed in households. The leaf is particularly helpful in addressing many eye disorders. The leaf is fried with ghee and pepper and consumed for six weeks to remove eye irritation and keep the eyes constantly cool. It is significantly useful in curing cataract, dimness of sight, disorders in the retina and other eye disorders. Oil extracted from the leaf is also used as bathing oil to cure eye disorders.
ARTEMISIA PALLENS or marukkozhundhu is a fragrant herb found useful in curing eye diseases. It cures cataract and disorders in the eyes due to body heat. The leaf is made into a fine paste and applied on the eyelids and softly bandaged during bed time to cure cataract and other disorders.
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