Trataka offers numerous benefits to those who practice the technique. It can be performed with the eyes open or closed, based on the method. It not only tremendously improves concentration, but also helps in treating depression, insomnia, allergy, anxiety, postural problems and memory. It also opens up a new perspective of looking at things and invokes the power of intuition. Read about the various ways in which one can practice this ancient technique.
In most cases, the causes of eye twitching are as simple as fatigue, lack of sleep, stress, too much caffeine or alcohol, and dry eyes due to long hours of computer usage or laser eye surgeries. If it stays a week or longer, it's probably an eye infection like blepharitis. Sometimes, eye twitches may indicate blepharospasm, a condition where the eyelids tend to close, or hemifacial spasm, where the muscles on one side of the face twitch on their own. In rare cases, eyelid spasms that last more than a week could indicate an underlying brain or nerve disorder.
Seizures are often the first reason people suspect brain tumor. Other brain tumor symptoms include persistent headaches, nausea, fatigue, and vision problems. As the brain controls the functions of different body parts, depending on the location of the tumor, patients may experience personality change, loss of memory, balance, communication skills, and abnormal changes in the body, like growth of breasts in men and abnormally large limbs. Symptoms alone aren't sufficient to detect a brain tumor; a CT scan or an MRI is required.
A smidge of red in the whites of your eyes can indicate a seasonal allergy or a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. A yellow tinge indicates jaundice while blue hints at Addison's disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, heart disease, or cancer. The color of your irises are determined by genetics but changes in them indicate Horner’s syndrome or Fuchs’ heterochromic iridocyclitis. Blurry vision, styes, and droopy eyes also hint at serious disorders.
Load up on blueberries rich in anthocyanins and leafy greens, tomatoes, and guavas rich in carotenoids to prevent cataract. If you follow Ayurveda, have 1 tbsp triphala mixed with milk, twice daily. Walk 2 miles thrice a week to lower your risk for age-related macular degeneration by 70% and do simple eyeball rotation exercises. And get your kids to spend some time outdoors away from phone screens to lower their risk for myopia.
Surgery is the conventional method to cure a droopy eyelid. But non-invasive alternative remedies include homeopathic medicines like gelsemium sempervirens or Syphilinum, acupuncture for the facial nerves and muscles, and ayurvedic remedies like nasya, netrapana, and netradhara. Drinking chamomile tea can keep the skin from sagging and eating vitamin B12-rich foods can improve the health of the nervous system.
Infants blink once or twice and adults blink 14 - 17 times every minute. Blinking cleans, moisturizes and protects your eyes from dirt particles and brings nutrients to the eye surface to keep them healthy. It brightens the image received by retina. Importantly, it allows our brain to assimilate what has been seen.
Dosha imbalances, especially of pitta, lead to retinal malfunction or dryness of the eyes. Go easy on spicy food and eat veggies and fruits rich in vits A and C, like bitter gourd, mangoes, and amla, and dairy products like milk and ghee. Wash your eyes with plain cold water or by mixing triphala powder in it. Try procedures like tarpana and nasya after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor. Don't stay up late or sleep during the day.
Cut out a piece of fabric using sunglasses as a template. Soak green tea, mint and cucumber in 6 ounces of hot water. Let it cool, soak your eye mask in it and it’s ready to use. You can mix 1 cup of rice, few drops of essential oils and fresh herbs and pop it in a 350 degree F oven for 15 min in a parchment paper. Fill it in the eye mask and use it.
Ayurveda recommends nasya karma, where there is an instillation of herbal medications through the nostrils and is done for 3-7 days; Netra tarpana/netra basti, this procedure includes keeping wheat flour doughnuts above the eyes and filling them with warm ghee; and Netra dhara, a cleansing technique of pouring herbal decoctions over the eyes for 20 minutes to delay cataract, treat conjunctivitis and eye strain.
The most vital organ that we fail to protect from the adverse effect of sun is the eyes. There are several kinds of eye damages that can be caused by too much exposure to the sun. However, wearing sunglasses while out can prevent skin cancer, risk of cataracts, and macular degeneration from occurring.
Ayurvedic kajal commonly called Kohl or the black eyeliner that is used to line the lower eyelid has been used for many centuries in Indian, Egyptian and many other cultures throughout the world. Apart from making the eyes look brighter, they are considered to have many healing properties, cool the[.....]
Sun Gazing has been followed by numerous people since ages and is prominent practice even today. However, the dispute (between sun gazing practitioners and many who have practiced and seen the damage caused by it) regarding whether the action causes damage to the eyes or not are loudly prevalent. Several[.....]
The high amounts of vitamin C and capsaicin are responsible for the health benefits of green chillies. By boosting your metabolism, green chillies can help you lose weight. They can also fight inflammation, treat stomach illnesses, and keep your heart healthy. They're also believed to prevent cancer and delay its progression.
Drink 20 ml fresh amla juice twice a day, and eat your fill of vitamin A-rich mangoes in summer to relieve eye strain. If your vision is failing, eat a mixture of pepper powder and honey. You could also mix about 1 tsp licorice powder in cow's milk or honey or ghee. Rub the soles of your feet with mustard oil or ghee regularly and use freshly extracted rose petal juice for both internal and external purposes.
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