Netra Tharpanam is a rejuvenating treatment that involves pouring warm and medicated ghee within an enclosure over the eyes. It is highly beneficial for treating different disorders and ailments in the eyes.
According to Ayurveda, all the five elements of nature govern different components of the eye - the earth element controls the muscular component, the fire governs the blood vessels, the air controls the color, the water controls the white area, and air governs the tear ducts and channels. For perfect eye health, all these elements need to be in balance and function properly.
Moreover, our eyes are also governed by a sub dosha of Pitta known as Alochaka Pitta. As we age, the Alochaka Pitta becomes less balanced which affects eye health. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to eye care at all stages of life. Undergoing regular Tharpanam therapy can help to maintain good eyesight and vision throughout life.
In the Tharpanam Ayurvedic treatment, medicated ghee or oil with Brimhana Dravyas (nourishing medicaments) is retained over the eyes with the help of a ring made from urad dal or black gram flour. The ring prevents the leakage of the medicated ghee so that the eyes can receive the warmth and nourishment for maximum effect. The commonly used medicated ghees in the procedure are Jeevanthyadi Gritham, Triphalai Gritham, and Patoladi Gritham.
Generally, the Tharpanam procedure lasts for about half an hour, but it can extend beyond that as well. After the completion of the procedure, the medication is drained out and the eyes are cleaned with a neat cloth. Fomentation may be given here to ensure that the oil is properly absorbed into the body. A bandage might also be applied over the eyes in the night and in between the sessions to relax the eyes.
To ensure that the procedure yields the best possible results, proper attention is given to the composition of the medicated ghee, well-sealed poultice, and the warmth of the formulation. During the procedure, individuals have to keep their eyes open as much as possible. While this could be a bit challenging, it will provide them with well-rested and completely distressed eyes.
The Tharpanam treatment takes about thirty minutes to complete. The course of the treatment can last anywhere around 7-21 days depending on the disorder and purpose of treatment.
The Tharpanam Ayurvedic Treatment is indicated for the following conditions:
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