Stye from the point of view of Ayurveda
A stye or hordeolum is a small, inflamed hair follicle or an infection of a sebaceous gland in the eyelid’s edge. It can affect the skin of the eyebrows and eyelids. It usually appears on the lower eyelid. Stye has two types: External hordeolum. Internal hordeolum. The most common causes of styes include incomplete removal of makeup, conjunctivitis, staphylococcus bacteria, lack of hygiene, blockage of sebaceous glands near the eyelids, and poor nutrition. Due to elevated blood lipid levels or fats that block the oil glands, obese people are more likely to develop styes. Ayurveda calls internal stye Utsangini or Kumbhika, while external stye is called Anjananamika. Pitta dosha and Rakta dhatu vitiation are the main contributors to its occurrence. However, Anjananamika is also caused by other doshas.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Stye
The following Panchakarma therapies are suitable for this condition:
- Bidalaka — a medicated paste is applied to the eyelids to treat eye disorders.
- Netra tarpana — is used to cure a variety of eye problems, such as redness, irritation, and inflammation of the eye. It must be practiced frequently.
- Putapaka vidhi — often comes after tarpana therapy. During this procedure, a specially prepared juice from Ayurvedic herbs is poured over the eyelids in a manner resembling the tarpana treatment. The putapaka vidhi helps treat both the external and internal styes on the eyelids.
An Ayurvedic doctor may also advise the use of additional Ayurvedic treatments like Nasya, Netra vasti, Shirodhara.
Ayurvedic herbs such as Giloy, Shunthi, Manjishtha, Pippali, Haridra, Marich, Amalaki, Haritaki, Vibhitaki, clove and others are used to treat stye.
Ayurvedic formulations like Kaishore Guggulu, Gandhak rasayan, Saptamrita loha, Amalaki Rasayan, Triphala churna, Manjishthadi churna, Ashwagandha Avaleha, and Triphala Guggulu are useful in this condition.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Stye:
- Apply neem and turmeric paste on the upper eyelid
- Avoid touching the stye
- Protect your eyes from dust and smoke
- Mix water and coriander seeds, boil for 15-20 minutes, strain and use as an eyewash twice a day
- Add turmeric powder to water, and use this as an eye drop three times a day