CONJUNCTIVITIS – Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

Conjunctivitis is the infection and inflammation of the conjunctiva that lines the outer portion of the eye ball and inner eyelid. 

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • CAUSES OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • DIAGNOSIS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • TREATMENTS FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • PROGNOSIS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • COMPLICATIONS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • CONJUNCTIVITIS  AND AYURVEDA
    • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR DRY EYES
  • AYURVEDIC SODHANA TREATMENT FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • HOME REMEDIES FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • YOGA FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS
    • RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF DRY EYES

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Itching eyes
  • Eye irritations
  • Foreign body sensations
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Watering eyes
  • Running nose

CAUSES OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Irritants
  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

Infection and allergens enter the tear film and contact with conjunctival mast cells. Then IgE mediated reactions that cause mast cell degranulation and histamine release. Histamine promotes vasodilatation and oedema.

DIAGNOSIS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  •  Proper examination of eyes by the physician
  • Culture of secretions from eyes

TREATMENTS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Eye drops
  • Antibiotics – to control infections
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs

PROGNOSIS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Conjunctivitis is a self-limiting disease. Generally, symptoms are manageable with proper treatments.

COMPLICATIONS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • The spread of infections to other sites

CONJUNCTIVITIS AND AYURVEDA

  • As per Ayurveda, it can be correlated with ‘netra abhishyandam’
  • Types of Abhishyanda

1) Vataj Abhishyanda

2) Pittaj Abhishyanda

3) Kaphaj Abhishyanda

4) Raktaj Abhishyanda

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Excess vitiation of doshas in eyes
  • Agantuja factors – infections

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Itching on eyes – netra kandu

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

Due to the causative factors, excess vitiation of dosha occurs. The aggravated doshas reside on the conjunctiva and produce the symptoms of conjunctivitis. 

 LAKSHANA – AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Rag and Lohit Netrata (redness)
  • Sangharsh (foreign body sensation)
  • Nistoda (pricking sensation)
  • Daha (burning sensation)
  • Paka (severe inflammation)
  • mucopurulent or purulent discharge

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Sadhya – curable

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

Ayurvedic local treatment for CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Aschotana – eye drops with triphala arka, shigru pallava arka
  • Bidalaka – local lepa application
  • Anjana
  • Pariseka
  • Dhumapana

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Internal administration of triphala churna along with honey
  • Triphaladi Ghana vati
  • Jeevaniya ghrita
  • Eye washing with triphala kashaya

AYURVEDIC SODHANA TREATMENT FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Nasya – nasal medications

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES TREATMENT FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

Ayurvedic medicines for Internal administration for CONJUNCTIVITIS

HOME REMEDIES FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Daily intake of  Indian gooseberry
  • Avoid prolonged use of computer
  • Drinking an adequate quantity of water
  • Wash the eye frequently using plain water

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Avoid food items which produce dosha imbalance like cold, unctuous food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamin A 
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight
  • Avoid exposure to dust and smoke

YOGA FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • Nadi shuddi pranayam    – calms the mind and gets relief from the eye irritations associated with conjunctivitis 

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

                             RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF CONJUNCTIVITIS

  1. Effect of ayurvedic treatment on allergic conjunctivitis : a review

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330925314_EFFECT_OF_AYURVEDIC_TREATMENT_ON_ALLERGIC_CONJUNCTIVITIS_A_REVIEW

  • Effect of Rasanjana Madhu Ashchyotana in Netra Abhishyanda (Mucopurulent Conjunctivitis)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3326884/

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