Conjunctivitis from the point of view of Ayurveda
Conjunctivitis or pinkeye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. Causes of conjunctivitis are: Viruses, including the kind that causes the common cold Bacteria Irritants such as shampoos, dirt, smoke, and pool chlorine Contact lenses Fungi, amoebas, and parasites Sexually transmitted diseases Conjunctivitis symptoms include redness, tearing, burning, itching, and sensitivity to light, difficulty keeping eyes open for long periods of time. Types of conjunctivitis: Viral strains. It starts in one eye, causing excessive tears and a watery discharge. Within a few days, the other eye gets involved. You may feel swollen lymph nodes in front of your ear or under your jawbone. Bacterial strains. It usually affects one eye, but can show up in both, resulting in a lot of pus and mucus. Allergic type. It causes tearing, itching, and redness in both eyes, and an itchy, runny nose. Long-term use of contacts or an ocular prosthesis has been linked to giant papillary conjunctivitis. It’s an allergic reaction to a chronic foreign body in your eye.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Conjunctivitis
According to Ayurveda, the condition is known as Netrabhishyandam and is caused by the vitiation of the Pitta and Kapha doshas. When Kapha dosha (water) gets aggravated in the eye, it vitiates the Pitta dosha (fire) and causes redness, watery secretions, discharge and swelling which leads to conjunctivitis.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Conjunctivitis:
- Change your pillowcase every day until the infection goes away
- Don’t touch or rub your infected eye with your fingers
- Don’t wear, and never share eye makeup, eye drops, or contact lenses
- Protect your eyes from dirt and dust
- Wash your eyes with coriander extract and water