About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine in India. The history of this system dates back to vedic periods (B.C 5000 to BC. 6000). 

There are examples showing ayurveda flourished in full swing during these period. We the ayurvedic people in India are proud to say that it is flourishing in full swing even today by accepting all challenges of the present day diseases.

The system is based upon 3 fundamental elements known as tridoshas - vata, pitta and kapha. each of this has its own characteristic features in physiological and pathological aspects. 

To find the normal and abnormal status of tridoshas is the first step.
This system mainly depends upon herbal medicines. Kerala is rich in herbal medicines. these medicinal plants are scientifically utilised for the treatment of disease. 

In ayurveda, the endless medicinal value of these plants are utilised not is a single way, but in various ways and combinations. (each and every herb has its own medicinal value but combination can bring additional or enriched value - this is a core fact of ayurveda) Hence the mode of preparation will vary. hundreds of preparation methods with hundreds of combinations. here, combination is taken into account.


Same herb can be prepared in different ways.

These are known as oushadha kalpanas - it is a separate branch of ayurveda itself. Each kalpana has its own indications and contra-indications.

A characteristic feature of ayurveda is scientifically arranged and modified treatment procedures unique in ayurveda. Each disease should be managed with a particular procedure., not just the medicie. procedures has its own indications and contra -indications.
Simply selecting a medicine does not fulfill an ayurvedic treatment. select appropirate procedure also. i.e. same medicine can be used in different procedures.


Summary:


Diagnosis of case on basis of ayurvedic principles.


  1. After diagnosis, find out the drug of choice
  2. Preparation of choice
  3. Procedure of choice


Ayurveda ensures this only if the above three is true.

In Ayurveda, ophthalmology comes under "Shalakyathanthra", one of the eight branches of Ayurvedic science

It includes mainly three different aspects :


Preventive

Preventive aspect can be described in 3 ways :


  • Specifically arranged lifestyle
  • Dietary habits suitable for the eye
  • Simple and easy medications that can be performed by everybody


The above said factors vary from individual to individual because everything depends upon various factors such as body constitution of the person, dwelling place, hereditary factors, mental status, etc. etc. So an ayurvedic eye specialist has to consider all the factors and thereby chart out a suitable lifestyle and dietary menu to prevent development of eye disease in that particular person. This can be done only by an eye specialist.


Curative / Treatment


The first step of treatment is to diagnose the case strictly on the basis of the principles of ayurvedic theory. this is possible by and educated, qulified and experienced eye specialist only. A

After diagnosis, find out the most suitable drug. then, select the treatment procedure. characteristic treatment procedures to suit the anatomical and physiological features of the eye.

These are mainly aschotana, seka, tharpana, putapakom, pindi, vitalakom, prathisaranam. we have to select any of these procedures of the application of hte medicinel. the appropriate selection will ensure the optimum absorbtion and minimum complication and thereby maximum result.


Palliative


There are eye diseases which cannot be cured completely, but there are appropriate ayurvedic medicines and specific treatment modalities by which the disease can be controlled and the patient can be protected from being blind. Various types of degenerative diseases, especially that of retina comes under this group.