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    Blepharitis (Krimigranthi)

    अपाङ्गे वा कनीने वा कण्डूषापक्ष्मपोटवान् ॥ ८ ॥
    पूयास्त्रावी कृमिग्रन्थिर्ग्रन्थिः कृमियुतोऽर्तिमान् ।

    Blepharitis: Symptoms, Causes, Types, Do's, Don'ts, Yoga, Ayurvedic Reference and Treatment : Complete Ayurveda Details

    Blepharitis is one of the most common eye disorders. It is defined as the sub-acute or chronic inflammation of the lid margin. It usually affects both the eyes along the edges of the eyelids. It is a condition which commonly occurs when tiny oil glands near the base of the eyelashes become clogged. It is more common among people with poor eye hygiene, those who have high eye strains and people who are exposed to external irritants like dust, wind, cosmetics etc. Improper management of Blepharitis can lead to more severe conditions like Chalazion, Stye, Corneal irritations etc.

     

    As per Ayurvedic concepts, based on the signs and symptoms, we can correlate Blepharitis as Krimigranthi. The disease Krimigranthi is mentioned by Acharyas like Susruta and Vagbhata as a Sandhigata Vyadhi (disease that occurs at the junction of eye parts – here eyelids). The condition can be cured by applying different therapeutic procedures like Sudation, Kneading etc.

     

    Over the past few years, IAFA has been vastly successful in the management of eye disorders by purely adopting Ayurvedic measures based on ancient classic text books like Ashtanga hridaya and Susruta samhitha etc. We provide herbal remedies that are free from side effects and formulate ayurvedic medicines based on strict guidelines.

     

    Blepharitis is a condition that can be very complicated if left untreated. Even though it directly does not affect the vision, it can cause damage to the cornea and other parts of the eyes over time.

    Signs and Symptoms of Blepharitis - Krimigranthi

    • Burning sensation
    • Itching sensation
    • Watery eyes
    • Reddish eyes
    • Discomfort and irritation of the eyes
    • Swelling of lid margin
    • Formation of smaller cysts in lid margin
    • Often associated with thick discharge
    • Photophobia 

    Blepharitis is mainly diagnosed based on signs and symptoms by thoroughly examining the eyes. We can also analyze the swab sample collected from the eyes for determining the infection.

    Ayurvedic reference of Blepharitis - Krimigranthi

    Causes of Blepharitis - Krimigranthi

    • Infection
    • Malfunctioning of oil glands in eyelids
    • Allergic conditions
    • Seborrheic dermatitis
    • Dry eyes
    • Eyelash mites

    Predisposing Factors of Blepharitis - Krimigranthi

    • Age – common among children’s
    • External irritants like dust
    • Severe eye strain
    • Unhygienic condition of the eyes

    Types of Blepharitis - Krimigranthi

     There are 2 types of Blepharitis are present

    • Squamous Blepharitis – Caused by metabolic malfunction, unhygienic factors, eye strain etc
    • Ulcerative Blepharitis – Caused by bacterial infections – Staphylococcus

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    -Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.) 

    Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist 

    CEO & Founder of IAFAⓇ

    Diet in Blepharitis - Krimigranthi

    Do's (Pathya)

    • Maintain hygienic condition of the eyes
    • Eat healthy food rich in Vitamin A
    • Use medium hot, salt, pungent food items
    • Eat fresh vegetables and fruits
    • Wash eyes regularly in cold water or in decoction prepared using Triphala
    • Use Elaneer kuzhambu as collyrium

    Don'ts (Apathya)

    • Avoid unhygienic conditions
    • Avoid dusts, smoke etc
    • Avoid oily foods, junk foods
    • Avoid eye related cosmetics

    Yoga for management for Blepharitis - Krimigranthi

    Yoga is also suggested during the treatment for eye disorders. Pranyama and Savasana can be practiced during the treatment for accelerating the treatment result. Trataka kriya is highly recommended for eye care after the treatment course with the help of Ayurveda methods. 

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    Ayurvedic treatment of Blepharitis - Krimigranthi

    Krimigranthi is mainly treated by fomentation, scraping followed by application of powder of triphala, and rock salt mixed with honey.

    कृमिग्रन्थिं करीषेण स्विन्नं भित्त्वा विलिख्य च ॥६॥
    त्रिफलाक्षौद्रकासीससैन्धवैः प्रतिसारयेत् |

    Shloka No. 6-7 Chapter No. 11, Sandhisitaasitarogapratishedham of Uttarastahanam by Acharya Vaghbhata

     

    The above shloka explains that Blepharitis is a condition caused mainly by infection of microorganisms. So the main treatment method adopted by Ayurvedic science is by termination of microbes thereby reducing the severity of the condition. Preparations made of purified rock salt and cow dung have antibacterial as well as ulcer healing properties and by giving fomentation with such preparations, the infection will be reduced. It is then punctured and scraped, followed by application of powder of Triphala and rock salt which have excellent antimicrobial action.

     

    The experienced physicians of IAFA also adopt the same line of treatments mentioned in Ayurvedic textbooks along with the unique methods developed by our research team. We have developed efficient medicines under strict guidelines and hygienic conditions that are not only effective in completely curing the condition but also ensures protection to eye sight.

    External medications includes

    • Akshi Tarpana Grutham
    • Triphala varthi
    • Elaneer kuzhambu anjanam
    • Triphala prakshalan 
    • Mukkadi purampada

    Single herbs used in treatments of Blepharitis are

    • Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica)
    • Yashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
    • Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)
    • Haridra (Curcuma longa)

    References:

    1. Shloka No. 8-9 Chapter No. 10, Sandhisitaasitarogavijnaneeyam of Uttarasthana by Acharaya Vagbhata.
    2. Susruta Samhita Uttaratantra by Dr. Anant Ram Sharma, Chaukhamba Subharati Prakashan, Varanasi, 2/9. Page no 18.
    3. Astang Hridaya. Astanga Hridayauttaratantra by Dr. Brahmanand Tripathi, Nirmalahindi Vyakhayaya, Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratisthan Delhi. 10/8. Page no. 947.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: Can Ayurveda treat Blepharitis?

    Answer: Yes, Ayurvedic treatment is quite effective and safe in blepharitis. Ayurveda focuses on balancing the doshas. The therapies such as – raktaprasadana (blood cleansing) and krimihara (anti-bacterial) are administered.

    Question: What precautions should be taken in Blepharitis?

    Answer: Some precautions such as – warm compress, gentle massage over the outer eyelids, keeping eyelids always clean, washing eyes twice or thrice a day, cleaning makeup before bed time are the necessary precautions in blepharitis.

    Question: What happens if blepharitis is left untreated?

    Answer: Long persisting untreated blepharitis can lead to eyelid scarring.

    Question: What is Blepharitis?

    Answer: As per modern ophthalmology, it may be classified as seborrheic, staphylococcal or of parasitic origin. The science of Ayurveda explains this condition as Krimigranthi.

    Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment of Blepharitis safe?

    Answer: Ayurvedic medicines are processed naturally and not in the synthetic and chemical form. That’s why, there is no risk or side effects even if the patient is required to take them for a longer duration.

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