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Glaucoma in Ayurveda

‘World Glaucoma Day, which takes place on the 12th of March of every year, is a unique initiative that puts a spotlight on Glaucoma as the leading cause of preventable irreversible blindness worldwide. The timely diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma can prevent needless vision impairment.
In India, many people are unaware of this disease related to the eyes and its preventive care and treatment.

What is Glaucoma ?

Generally, glaucoma disease is caused when the aqueous humor, a natural fluid produced by the eye, fails to drain out naturally from the eye. This extra pressure from fluid inside the eye causes damage to the optic nerve. This is the leading cause of blindness and vision impairment worldwide.
This disease is mentioned in Ayurveda under the heading – Adhimantha. Adhimanth, which is very similar to glaucoma, is well explained by Sushruta in Sushruta Samhita around 5000 years ago under Sarvagata Netraroga.


Samhita says that it is a dreadful disease that causes excessive churning of the eyes and is associated with the particular dosha. An early diagnosis, Ayurvedic herbal formulations for correcting imbalances of dosha, and special local eye-related procedures are three pillars of the treatment of Glaucoma.
The late-stage damage to the optic nerve leads to irreversible, permanent blindness. Therefore, early diagnosis is an important factor.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in India, with at least 12 million people affected and nearly 1.2 million blinds. More than 90 percent of cases of Glaucoma are undiagnosed in the community. With increasing age, Glaucoma prevalence increases.

It is therefore important to raise awareness about the symptoms of glaucoma, its treatment, and diagnostic tools related to this disease. .

Here are 4As related to Glaucoma which everyone should know about:
1.  Awareness about symptoms 

The most common type of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma, often has no symptoms other than slow vision loss. The most common complaints associated with glaucoma are seeing halos around lights, slow vision loss, eye redness, whitening/haziness of the cornea, eye pain, headache, etc.
Therefore, it is important to consult with the doctor immediately for all of the above complaints.

2.  Awareness amongst more susceptible groups 

People over the age of 60, people with a family history of glaucoma, and people who have diabetes and hypertension are more susceptible to glaucoma. The above group requires regular screening.

3.  Awareness about diagnosis 

After the age of 40, it’s recommended to get an eye checkup every year. Tonometry, Gonioscopy, Visual field test, and Optical nerve assessment can be done along with proper eye examination by the doctor.

4.  Awareness about treatment
Ayurvedic principles and procedures are very effective in treating Glaucoma

Ayurvedic principles and procedures are very effective in treating Glaucoma. The use of herbal medications and panchakarma therapies helps patients reduce eye pressure and restore normal functioning. Panchakarma therapies, such as Virechana, Leech therapy, and Raktamokshan, and special eye-related therapies, such as Anjana, Netratarpan, and Nasya, play a key role in increasing ocular pressure.

Ayurvedic medicines are given for reducing hypertension and pacifying vitiated Dosha. The symptoms associated with glaucoma are also reduced by systemic medicines and local procedures. Surgery is recommended at the end stage of Glaucoma.

Stages of Glaucoma

Help spread the word about Glaucoma because when eyes get blurry, life gets blurry.

The world is bright, save your sight.

Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye

MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

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One step towards Cancer awareness….Not Fear But Fight

Last month was celebrated as cancer awareness month. There are many cases of diagnosed and undiagnosed cancer surrounded by us and concern is fast growing. Awareness about causes, screening and risk is very essential and can also lead to people making healthier lifestyle choices.Poor lifestyle, longer working hours, increasingly stressful lives, smoking, alcohol consumption, use of contraception, are all contributing factors in occurrence of different cancers.

Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumors and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs.

In Ayurveda, cancer is described as inflammatory or non-inflammatory swelling and mentioned either as ‘Granthi’ (minor neoplasm) or ‘Arbuda’ (major neoplasm) in Sushrut Samhita. Aggravated Vata and Kapha doshas along with Rakta, Mansa, Meda vikruti are common pathological changes seen in cancer. Ayurved also focuses on the equilibrium of all Dosha, Dhatu and Mala for prophylaxis angle.

In this new era, we are exposed to lots of chemicals, hybrid food items,pollution and wrong lifestyle. It is badly affecting our Quality Of Life but still maintaining or balancing metabolic health, stress quotient proper is very essential for taking care of equilibrium. This equilibrium can be well maintained.

Alarming numbers of Cancers according to World Health Organization (WHO)

●  Approx. about 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries
●Around one-third of deaths from cancer are due to tobacco use, high body mass index, alcohol consumption, low fruit and vegetable intake, and lack of regular physical activity
● The most common type of cancers are breast (2.26 million cases), lung (2.21 million cases), colon- rectum (1.93 million cases), prostate (1.41 million cases), skin (non-melanoma) (1.20 million cases), and stomach (1.09 million cases)

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Here are some keys for cancer awareness and good Quality Of Life –

1. Early diagnosis –

When identified early, cancer is more likely to respond to treatment and can result in a greater probability of survival and less morbidity, as well as less expensive treatment. Significant improvements can be made in the lives of cancer patients by detecting cancer early and avoiding delays in care. Vigilance about every symptom, early diagnostic test and proper treatment approach is very important to avoid late complications.

2. Periodic screening of risk group

Many times genetic, hereditary, previous medical histories in case of uterine cancers are linked with occurrence of cancer.
Identifying the risk groups by knowing family history, other causative factors like exposure to chemicals, radiations etc is key in screening programs. Periodic diagnostic test and check is must in risk groups.
Special diagnostic tests like PAP smear, HPV, mammography etc should be included in routine check up after a certain age. Awareness about self-examination of breasts is very important for every lady. So identifying and screening the risk group is very important.

3. Awareness about causative factors

Tobacco, cigarettes, alcohol consumption, exposure to UV lights, certain chemicals, radiation, increased weight, diabetes, wrong food habits, synthetic food additives, hybrid food items, food incompatibilities are some underlying causes of cancer. Avoiding such causes and following a healthy lifestyle is very important. Maintaining healthy metabolism and balancing equilibrium between all doshas is very important.

4. Proper treatment and palliative care

A correct cancer diagnosis is essential for appropriate and effective treatment because every cancer type requires a specific treatment regimen. Treatment usually includes radiotherapy, chemotherapy and/or surgery. Determining the goals of treatment is an important first step. The primary goal is generally to cure cancer or to considerably prolong life. Improving the patient’s quality of life is also an important goal. This can be achieved by support for the patient’s physical, psychosocial and spiritual well-being and palliative care in terminal stages of cancer.
Principles Of Ayurveda regarding food habits, lifestyle modifications and remedies like panchakarma proving very effective and promising. Ayurveda is helpful in both treatment and in palliative care.
So, in this cancer awareness week, let’s come together to understand and implement steps to keep life away from cancer.

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Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved)
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician)
Shruti Kulkarni (Clinical Nutritionist)

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Basti – Your Body’s AC in Monsoon

Basti - AC in Monsoon

The air conditioner has become a need especially in summer and is no more a luxury. AC adjusts the temperature of the surrounding air to make you feel comfortable. Now the questions are Does AC equally essential in once the temperature becomes quietly manageable during Monsoon? Those who are saying ‘NO’ Hang on. We have got something interesting for you.

Ayurveda advocates that human body is a small version of the universe. The universe is made up of five basic elements (Panch Mahabhuta) so as a human body. Vata is considered as representative of Air in a human body. Respiration, Heartbeat, Movements of joints, Excretion of waste material from the body are some of the noteworthy functions of Vata. Even our nervous system is governed by Vata only.This Vata gets disturbed due to atmospheric changes in rainy season.
This disturbed Vata causes various illness of digestive and musculoskeletal system. Following diseases are seen due to disturbed Vata

  • Digestive diseases like Gases, Abdominal bloating, Reduced Appetite, Constipation
  • Bone & joint diseases like
  • Knee pain (Osteoarthritis, RA)
  • Low back pain (Lumbar Spondylosis, PID, Sciatic Pain)
  • Neck pain (Cervical Spondylitis)
  • Irregular menstruation due to PCOD, Dysmenorrhea, Fibroid, Menopausal Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Paralysis
  • Certain heart diseases
  • Anorectal diseases like Piles, Fissure
  • Kidney stone

Monsoon is an ideal time to condition the air inside your body i.e. Vata. The best Air conditioner for Vata is known as Basti. Basti is nothing but a medicated enema. But it is not like an ordinary soap water or glycerin enema to flush out a stool and waste material from a body. Basti is a panchakarma procedure in which medicated oil, ghee or decoction is administered through anal route.
As per Ayurveda large intestine is a head office of Vata which controls the functions of Vata all over the body. So Basti administered in large intestine acts as a corrective measure against the disturbed Vata during monsoon. So Basti is nothing but AC to condition Vata in your body. There are many types of Basti. But generally, two main types are observed.

Anuvasan Basti – Medicated oil enema.
Niruha Basti – Decoction enema.
These Anuvasan and Niruha are administered in an alternate fashion. There are various courses of Basti. Your physician decides the suitable course for you as per your constitution (Prakruti) and nature of the illness.
Yog Basti – It’s an 8 days course with 5 Anuvasan (Oil) enema and 3 Niruha (Decoction) enema.
Kala Basti – 16 days course with 10 Anuvasan (Oil) enema and 6 Niruha ( Decoction) enema.
Karma Basti – 30 days course with 18 Anuvasan and 12 Niruha Basti.

Monsoon is here.
So, guys, it’s time to switch on the AC to condition your VATA.

Dr. Pushkar Purushottam Wagh
Ayush Ayurveda Clinic
A – 5, Palm view,
RX – 37, MIDC,
Dombivli (E)

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