Diseases & Treatments
Sreedhareeyam treats many eye diseases of which the following are the most common.
Generally Diabetic Retinopathy occurs a long time after the occurrence of diabetes. Usually both the eyes are involved. The main reason for this Roga is Prameha (Diabetics). If Prameha is not treated in time, the circulation through veins and arteries to the Netrapadalas will be decreased resulting in total loss of vision. In modern medical science, the retinal detachment and weakening of the optic nerve cause blindness.
The connective tissues of the Retina are enlarged and rods and cones are weakened and finally degeneration occurs. Usually the disease starts in the outer layer of retina and gradually progress to the inner layer. If the degeneration is in the periphery, the full vision is diminished and when degeneration occurs in the macula, the central vision is diminished. The first symptom of this disease is night blindness.Retinitis Pigmentosa is found to be a genetic disease which is mostly seen in children, born from blood-related parents.
The disease affecting the centre of the retina with gradual loss of vision.
This is a condition when due to various reasons, the pressure in the eyes increases and damages the optic nerve. Patients may not be having any symptoms of this disease earlier.
This disease is common in persons above 60 years of age. Increasingly, younger patients are being affected by this disease due to malnutrition, excessive strain on eyes etc. If untreated, the patient may even lose eye sight completely.
Detachment of Retina
Disease gets started from choroids. This happens due to any trauma of the eyes or some diseased condition of retina. Blood vessels of the detached part of retina are small in size and dark in colour when eye is moved. Detachment may be complete or partial. Partial detachment may progress to complete detachment in certain cases.
Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. This is a process used to clean the body. It will help to remove the vitiated doshas and correct the imbalance state to normalcy. It purifies the tissues at a very deep level.Panchakarma consist of 5 karmas
- Vamanam: giving medicine for vomiting.
- Virechanam: giving medicine for purgation.
- Vasthi: giving medicine through anal canal.
- Nasyam: giving medicine through nose.
- Rakhamoksham : making the body to bleed by some artificial incision
Ayurveda also recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance.Panchakarma is a five-fold therapy and it is highly individualized based on the needs of the individual depending on the Ayurvedic constitutional type, dosha predominance, age, digestive strength, immune status, and many other factors. Depending on each individual’s needs all or only parts of the five therapies are utilized. Specially trained therapists must administer these procedures in a definite sequence for a specified period of time. In addition, although it is therefore essential that a knowledgeable expert who can recognize the signs of properly and improperly administered Panchakarma supervise the therapy. Like all medical procedures, Panchakarma Therapy always must begin with an initial consultation by a qualified Ayurvedic Physician who can determine the individual’s prakriti (constitutional type), the nature of the health problem (if any), and the appropriate degree of intensity of the prescribed therapies.
The objective of Vamana therapy is to induce vomiting in the person to get rid of excess and vitiated kapha. During the treatment, kapha aggravating foods such as basmati rice and yogurt with salt are given to the patient, in the morning. Thereafter, heat is applied to the chest and back, in order to liquefy kapha. A drink have to prepare according to the condition of the patient and given after the kapha is liquefied. Salt or cardamom may also be added to the medicated drink. Consumption of the drink triggers vomiting in the patient. This treatment is effective for kapha related ailments.
Virachana therapy is defined as the medicated purgation therapy, which cleanses the Pitta and purifies blood, by clearing the toxins from the body. The gastro-intestinal tract is also cleansed by Virachana therapy. While performing the Virechana karma, the vitiated doshas are eliminated through the rectum. The drugs used for the purgation therapy are vitiate the doshas and bring them into the abdomen. During the procedure, the patient is subjected to Oleation first, then fomentation, which is followed by Emisis and Samsarjana Karma (post-operative). The internal Oleation is followed for three to seven days. Thereafter, a medicated steam bath is performed for three days. A light and warm diet is prescribed for the patient, a day before starting Virechana karma. However, certain factors like body and mind constitution, age of the person, mental condition should be considered, while opting for Virechana karma
Vasti is prescribed for vata related ailments, though it is effective for other ailments as well. There are two types of vasti Asthapana vasti and Anuvasana vasti. In asthapana vasti Kashaya or decoction is the main component. While in anuvasana vasti oil or other unctuous substances are used.Vasti karma is highly beneficial in cleansing and detoxifying the body. The strong treatment penetrates deep into the dhatus, while the mild treatment works on the superficial level of dhatus. Both the treatments are beneficial for the body. Secretions in the colon are promoted by Vasti karma, thereby ensuring a good health. The treatment involves the introduction of medicinal substances, such as, herbal oils and decoctions in a liquid medium, into the rectum of the person. This is because vata is predominantly located in the colon and bones. Herbal concoctions made of sesame oil are generally used for the purpose. Vata disorders can be effectively cured by Vasti karma.
Nasya therapy is a process wherein the drug (herbalized oils and liquid medicines) is administered through the nostrils. Since nose is the gateway of the head, the therapy is highly effective in curing a number of diseases pertaining to the head, if it is performed systematically. The therapy cleanses and opens the channels of the head, thereby improving the process of oxygenation (prana), which has a direct influence on the functioning of brain. The therapy is beneficial if done on a regular basis, because it keeps the eyes, nose and ear healthy. It also prevents the early graying of hair.
Vitiated pitta causes toxicity in the blood, thus giving way to various pitta-genic disorders. Here comes the use of Raktamoksha therapy. In such cases, if a small amount of blood is extracted from the vein, a lot of tension can be relieved that was created by the pitta-genic toxins prevalent in the blood. Moreover, the process of bloodletting stimulates the spleen in order to produce anti-toxic substances that can help the stimulation of immune system of the body. Raktamoksha Therapy is performed to treat a number of diseases including abscess, eczema, gout, herpes etc. It is learnt that various types of skin diseases can be easily cured by proper administration of Raktamoksha therapy.