Conjunctivitis (KaphaAbhishyanda)

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Conjunctiva is a transparent membrane that covers the eyelids and white portion of eye. Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of this conjunctiva layer. When the small blood vessels in conjunctiva get inflamed, this layer becomes reddish or pinkish and clearer. Since the color of eye changes to pink, this condition is also called as Pink Eye. Ayurveda explains this condition as KaphaAbhishyanda, a condition constituting infection and inflammation of eye. Dr.Gupta’s IAFAis providing absolute Ayurvedic care and treatment for conjunctivitis. It can be managed effectively by following Ayurvedic treatment protocol through IAFA.

Causes of Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is commonly caused following factors:

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Allergies
  • Chemical dropping in the eye
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • In newborns, a blocked or incompletely opened tear duct

Following are some of the risk factors for conjunctivitis:

  • Exposure to allergens
  • Exposure to others having conjunctivitis
  • Use of  contact lenses

Ayurveda suggests reason for conjunctivitis as improperly digested food, improper sleep, splashing hot water in eyes, dust, smoke etc.

Ayurvedic Reference of Conjunctivitis- KaphaAbhishyanda

Symptoms of Conjunctivitis

Important and common symptoms of Conjunctivitis include:

  • Redness of affected eyes
  • Itching of affected eyes
  • Foreign body sensation on affected eyes

  • Thick discharge from eyes, making difficult to open eyes in the morning after sleep.
  • Tears from eyes.

Ayurveda explains the symptoms of conjunctivitis are inflammation of eyes, itching, profuse and thick discharge from eyes etc.

Types of Conjunctivitis

  • Conjunctivitis of NewbornBacteria normally present in the mother’s birth canal can rarely cause infants,a serious form of conjunctivitis. It isknown as Ophthalmianeonatorum. This condition requires treatment at the earliest to preserve sight. 
  • Viral and bacterial conjunctivitisMostlyconjunctivitis is caused by adenovirus; but it can also be caused by herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus, and even the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Both viral and bacterial conjunctivitis have almost similar symptoms. Wearing unclean contact lenses or that of other’s can result in bacterial conjunctivitis.Both types spread through direct or indirect contact with the liquid oozing from eyes of infected person.

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Diet in Conjunctivitis

Do’s (Pathya)

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Use clean towels daily.
  • Change pillowcovers at regular intervals
  • Old barley, wheat, green gram etc.
  • Green leafy vegetables
  •  Pomegranate
  • Rock salt
  • Triphala
  • Dried grapes

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Touching eyes with unclean hands.
  • Sharing towels with others
  • Sharing personal eye care items like contact lens, spectacles etc.
  • Suppression of natural urges like tears, sneezing, cough etc.
  • Heavy and hard to digest food
  • Day sleep
  • Mental stress, anxiety, anger etc.

Yoga and Pranayama for Conjunctivitis

Yoga postures help to strengthen eye muscles and to relieve stress and strain on eyes. Following postures may help to sharpen the eyes:

  • Savasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Shirshasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Suryanamaskar

Pranayama helps to relax the eye muscles and to release the stress and strain. It helps to increase blood circulation to eyes. Yoga and Pranayama can be practiced after relieving the contagious stage of conjunctivitis to empower eye muscles and functioning.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Conjunctivitis

Ayurveda details wide treatment modalities for conjunctivitis. It includes internal medicines, external therapies and purification process.

Internal Medicines

  • AmrutaShadangamKwatha
  • AmrutotharaKwatha
  • GuluchyadiKwatha
  • Aragwadharishtam
  • Punarnavasavam

  • SudarsanaChurna
  • Triphalachurna
  • ChandraprabhaGulika
  • KaisoraGuggulugulika

External Medicines

  • TriphalaKwatha
  • YashtiTriphalaKwatha
  • ManjishtadiKwatha

  • MrdwikadiKwatha
  • MukkadipurampadaGulika

Treatment Procedures

  • Dhara (Pouring medicated liquids over eyes)
  • Kshalana (Washing out eyes to remove secretion)
  • Aschyotana (Eye drops)

  • Bidalaka (Application of medicinal paste over eyelids)
  • Gandusha (Holding medicated liquids in mouth)

Purification Therapies

  • Virechana (Purgation)
  • Raktamoksha (Blood-letting)

  • Nasya (Nasal instillation)

Single Herbs for Conjunctivitis

  • Manjishta (Rubiacordifolia)
  • Darvi (Cosciniumfenestratum)
  • Haridra (Curcumalonga)

  • Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhizaglabra)
  • Sigru (Moringaoleifera)
  • Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is conjunctivitis?

Answer: Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of small blood vessels in the conjunctiva of eyes. 

Question: Which are the types of conjunctivitis?

Answer: Conjunctivitis is of different types like Bacterial conjunctivitis, Viralconjunctivitis, Allergic conjunctivitis, conjunctivitis of neonates etc.

Question: Can Ayurveda cure conjunctivitis?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda has specific treatment protocol for eye diseases like conjunctivitis. It includes internal medicines, external medicines, treatment procedures specific for eyes and general purification therapies.

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