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Tharpanam

Akshitarpana (Netrabasti) Nethrakarma (eye treatment)

Akshitarpana is one among the netrakriyakalpa (treatments for eyes).The phrase Akshitarpana (also called Netrabasti) is from Sanskrit where Akshi refers to eyes (Netra=eyes) and tarpana stands for nourishment (basti= retaining something inside). Akshitarpana is an eye care treatment and rejuvenation program in Ayurveda.

Procedure

  • The person is made to lie down over back on the Droni (massage table) 
  • The dough ring prepared out of blackgram is applied around the eyeball 
  • The medicated ghee (depending upon the disease) is made lukewarm (around 27 degree Celsius) 
  • The ghee is poured into the cavity with the eyes closed, till it covers the eyelashes 
  • The person is instructed to blink the eyes in between the procedure 
  • At the end of the procedure, the ghee and the ring are removed; eyes are wiped with cotton swab 
  • Netradhara/netraseka is done as a cleansing procedure 
  • The person is made to sniff the medicated smoke with closed eyes 
  • He is advised to avoid bright light soon after the procedure

Benefits

  • In Vata and pitta aggravated conditions 
  • Improves the vision 
  • Cataract 
  • Night blindness 
  • Corneal ulcers 
  • Refractive errors 
  • Dryness of the eyes 
  • Computer eye syndrome 
  • Burning sensation of eyes 
  • Removes dark circles under the eyes 
  • Revitalizes and rejuvenates tired, dry, rough and injured eyes 
  • Strengthens the nerves and muscles of the eyes