Jeevanthyadi ghrutam is an effective formulation described in Timira pratishedha (treatment of cataract) by Vagbhatacharya in Ashtangahridaya Utharastana. It can be used directly as a medicine and also in preparatory procedure called snehakarma for treatment of early stage of cataract.
INDICATIONS of Jeevanthyadi Ghrutham
Jeevanthyadi ghrutam is indicated in Timira which can be correlated with cataract. It is used in eye treatments like netra vasti, netra tarpana to treat early stages of cataract.
INGREDIENTS AND METHOD OF PREPARATION Jeevanthaydi Ghrutham
|Sl. No.||English name||Sanskrit name||Latin Name||Proportion|
|1||Cork Swallow Wort||Jeevanti||Leptadenia reticulata||4800 gm|
|2||Sacred Lotus||Prapaundarika||Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn||12gm|
|3||Roscoe’s lily||Kakoli||Roscoea purpurea||12 gm|
|4||Long pepper||Pippali||Piper longum Linn||12gm|
|5||Lodh tree||Rodhra||Symplocus racemose Roxb||12gm|
|7||Indian dill||Satahwa||Anethum sowa||12gm|
|8||Butter tree||Madhuka||Madhuca longifolia||12gm|
|9||Grapes||Draksha||Vitis vinifera Linn||12gm|
|11||Himalayan cedar||Devadaru||Cedrus deodara||12gm|
|12||Chebulic myrobalan||Hareetaki||Terminalia chebula||4gm|
|13||Indian gooseberry||Amalaki||Emblica officinalis||4gm|
|14||Belleric myrobalan||Vibheetaki||Terminalia bellirica||4gm|
METHOD OF PREPARATION
Preparation of Kashaya
1thula (4800gm ) of Jeevanti is boiled in one drona (12288ml) of water. It is then reduced to 1/4th quantity and filtered to collect decoction.
Preparation of ghee
The ghee is taken in a suitable vessel to which the prepared decoction and fine paste of drugs are added and cooked in mild flame. The cooking is continued till the paste of drugs can be made into a wick shape. Then the ghee is filtered and collected.
PROPERTIES OF INGREDIENTS
|Jeevanthi||Is madhura,cold potency,snigdha,grahi,laghu.It improves vision,balances tridosha,has rasayana property.|
|Prapaundarika||Tikta,madhura rasa.Cold potency.Balances kaphapitha dosha.Has nourishing property.|
|Kakoli||Its rhizome has anti-rheumatic, galactagogue, haemostatic, expectorant, spermatogenic properties. Act as tonic.|
|Pippali||Pacifies kapha vata dosha.Improves digestive fire.Cures asthma,cough,diabetes,fever. Has rejuvenating property|
|Rodhra||Pacifies pitha kapha dosha.Cold potency.Improves vision(chakshushya)|
|Saindhava||Boosts cellular absorption,helps in replenishing bodys elecrolytes.Coolent in nature.Balances tridosha|
|Shatahwa||Balances vata and kapha.Light to digest(laghu),teekshna(enters deep tissues).Indicated in treatment of eye diseases.Is natural aphrodisiac.|
|Madhuka||Balances vata pitha dosha,of cold potency,unctuous (snigdha).Useful in treating bleeding disorders,excessive thirst,burning sensation.|
|Draksha||Is unctuous,has coolent property.Balances vata and pitha.Good for eyes.Used to treat excessive thirst,fever,vomiting,burning sensation.|
|Sita||Sweet in taste,improves taste,decrease burning sensation,indicated in fainting,vomiting,fever.Is natural coolant,good for eyes and bleeding disorders|
|Devadaru||Useful in neurological disorders,cough,fever,prurities.Balances kapha vata dosha|
|Triphala||Has rejuvenating property,laxative effect,promotes digestion,relieves stress,antioxidant properties.|
Most of the drugs are of cold potency,has rejuvenating, antioxidant properties and effective in improving vision.
1 karsha (12 gm) to be taken at night.
EXERCISE AND YOGA
Exercises and Yoga which improve blood flow and circulation of other fluids around the eyes can improve condition like cataract. Following eye exercises can be useful:
- Rotational viewing
- Front and sideways viewing
- Up and down viewing
- Preliminary nose tip gazing
APATHYAS DURING THE USE OF JEEVANTHYADI GHRUTHAM:
Avoid works which cause eye strain, avoid exposure to excessive bright light.
PATHYA AHARAS AND VIHARAS
Light and easily digestable food items are advised.
No known side effects with this medicine. In high dose may cause indigestion.
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Ashtanga hridaya Utharasthana Timira pradhishedha