Ayurvedic treatment for Stargardt Disease

Stargardt disease (also known as Stargardt macular dystrophy, Stargardt macular degeneration, Juvenile macular degeneration, Fundus Flavimaculatus) is a peculiar type of eye disease which causes progressive vision loss. It is a genetic disorder, and it affects the macula.

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Stargardt Disease Ayurvedic Treatment At Matha

Stargardt disease (also known as Stargardt macular dystrophy, Stargardt macular degeneration, Juvenile macular degeneration, Fundus Flavimaculatus) is a peculiar type of eye disease which causes progressive vision loss. It is a genetic disorder, and it affects the macula. Before talking about a disease that affects the macula, we have to understand the importance of the macular area.

The macula is the most sensitive part of the retina. The light rays reflected from an object passes through the eyeball. The light refracts to focus on a particular point on the retina during this passage. This point is the macula. After the light rays converge on the macula, a series of reactions occur on retinal cells such as photochemical, electrical, nervous, etc. As a result of these reactions, a nerve impulse develops.

The light rays reflected from the object carry all the object’s details, such as colour, size, shape, etc. So, when the impulse forms, it will hold all the particular object’s attributes. This object conducts to the brain through the optic nerve. In the brain, this impulse gets transformed into the actual visual sense. So, we can see that the reactions initiating in the macular area become the first step of your eyesight. So, any defect or pathology in this area will cause severe defects in vision. Stargardt disease is such a disease. Since the pathology is only on the eye’s nerve cells, improving vision with spectacles is not possible.

Stargardt disease often starts in childhood. The main symptoms are 

  • Slow loss of central vision, most often in both eyes
  • Grey, black or hazy spots in the visual field, especially in the centre
  • Hypersensitivity towards light and light sources
  • Requires more time to get adapted between light and dark places
  • Colour blindness
  • Distorted or wavy vision
  • Blurriness of vision

Ayurvedic approach to Stargardt Disease

If analyzed based on ayurvedic principles, we can say that Pitta is the most crucial factor. The macula is the seat of Pitta, especially one particular fraction of Pitta known as Alochakapitta. Suppose the Alochakapitta gets vitiated by any means (genetic factors, dietary factors, other habitual factors etc.) and also gets confined to the macular area. Due to this, macula cannot perform their properties and functions correctly.

Vitiation of Alochakapitta may happen for various reasons. In the case of Stargardt disease, being a genetic disorder, inheritance is the main reason. Besides inheritance, there are many contributing factors, and these are of two types.

  1. Ahara (Dietary factors) – Ayurveda classifies the dietary factors responsible for this condition as Achakshushsa Pittaja Aharas. That means it is Not suitable for the functioning of Pitta in the eyes. e.g., food items with too much sour taste, deep-fried food items, hot and spicy items, unscientific fasting habits, and not taking an adequate quantity of water.
  2. Viharas (Habitual factors) – These are Achakshushya Pittaja viharas. These factors are capable of vitiating the Alochakapitta inside the eye, and it is not suitable for the proper functioning of the Pitta such as:
  • Exposure to bright light and light sources without protective measures
  • Lack of adequate sleep at night
  • Excessive works on illuminating screens – e.g., mobiles, laptops etc
  • Too much travel, especially exposed to sun and wind
    Stress, strain and tension
  • Not taking head wash regularly
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Systematic ayurvedic cure for Stargardt Disease

There are various methods in Ayurveda to acheive this goal. Scientific level treatment procedures such as Sirodhara, Sirolepanam, Netratharpanam, Netrasekam, etc., are beneficial. Doctors select medicines for these procedures according to various factors such as clinical stage of the disease, patient age, Dosha prakriti (type of body constitution), etc.

Start the treatment for stargardt macular diseases at the earliest. So the deterioration can be minimised

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Ayurvedic approach to the treatment of Stargardt Disease

Since it is a genetic disorder, a perfect or complete cure is not possible. So, the aim of treatment is as follows:
1. To arrest the progress of the disease as far as possible
2. Delay the deterioration of cells
3. Increase the functional capacity of the remaining cells

There are various methods in Ayurveda to acheive this goal. Scientific level treatment procedures such as Sirodhara, Sirolepanam, Netratharpanam, Netrasekam, etc., are beneficial. Doctors select medicines for these procedures according to various factors such as clinical stage of the disease, patient age, Dosha prakriti (type of body constitution), etc.

Diet also should be planned scientifically. Fleshy sweet fruits, water-rich vegetables, milk, ghee, etc., are preferable. Avoid Deep-fried, spicy foods.
Likewise, the daily habitual factors also need to be planned. Some critical factors are:
1. Application of suitable oil on your head, but selecting this right oil can be made only by an expert doctor.
2. Ensure proper sleep.
3. Use protective measures while travelling, especially in the sun. e.g. sunglasses, antiglare glasses, photochromatic glasses etc
4. Reduce screen time as much as possible
5. Keep away from mental stress, strain and tension.

Systematic ayurvedic treatments and correctly following the dietary and habitual factors make good results possible.

Be aware stargardts macular disease is NOT totally curable. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial.

The cells already degenerated in stargardts disease cannot be regenerated easily. Protection of the existing cells is our best solution. So, dont delay starting your treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

I am now 22 years old, and doctors diagnosed my vision problem as Stargardt macular degeneration. Doctors say there is no treatment for this. Can Ayurveda do anything for me?

SMD (Stargardt macular degeneration) is NOT curable. Still, we can delay the deterioration by systematic ayurvedic treatment procedures and appropriate medicines. The second aim of treatment is to improve the functional capacity of the remaining system. For these, inpatient level treatment is necessary.

My son is now 18 years and is having serious vision problems such as blurring of vision, unable to identify colours etc. His problem is recently diagnosed as Stargardt macular degeneration. We are aware that there is no cure for this disease. Can Ayurveda help us in any way ?

As you know the seriouseness of the disease, steps should be taken to protect his eyes in all ways possible. For this, ayurveda can help you.
A steady long course management can delay the deterioration and protect from total blindness. Consult and start treatme at the earliest.

I am now 40 years of age and suffering from a severe vision problem due to Stargardt disease. I am now unable to do my day to day personal activities due to this vision impairment. How can ayurveda help me?

Stargardt’s disease is a genetic disorder, so it is NOT curable. But, we have to think about how we can maintain the current vision status. Please consult an expert ayurvedic ophthalmologist handling this disease to understand what all treatments can be done for you and their expected results.

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