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If all senses are fine, entire body is in perfect shape but there is not eyes/vision, life is useless. There will always be some missing part.

In this series of articles, I will try to understand eyes and its vision with Ayurveda perspective.

Importance of Eyes Reference pending
Importance of Eyes
Reference pending
Weak eyesight : accepted norm
Weak eyesight : accepted norm

Number of students with spectacles have increased significantly in last 20 years.
Cunning film makers and ad makers market this weakness as coolness/fashion for their profit. Above photo is from Govt. of India’s school manual.
Why do we accept weakness so easily?
Schools serve fast food.
Parents promote fast food.
Healthy and pure food is in scarcity.

Mobile,Video game and other gadgets have joined evil army of TV. And parents have no issue with children’s indulgence with them.

Failed parents and schools are first symptoms of ailing Nation.

Here is the paper discussing how children playing more in mother nature’s natural setups, avoids Nearsightedness.

Additional Time Spent Outdoors by Children Results in Decreased Rate of Developing Nearsightedness

The addition of a daily outdoor activity class at school for three years for children in Guangzhou, China, resulted in a reduction in the rate of myopia (nearsightedness, the ability to see close objects more clearly than distant objects), according to a study in the September 15 issue of JAMA.

Myopia has reached epidemic levels in young adults in some urban areas of East and Southeast Asia. In these areas, 80 percent to 90 percent of high school graduates now have myopia. Myopia also appears to be increasing, more slowly, in populations of European and Middle Eastern origin. Currently, there is no effective intervention for preventing onset. Recent studies have suggested that time spent outdoors may prevent the development of myopia, according to background information in the article.

Mingguang He, M.D., Ph.D., of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, and colleagues conducted a study in which children in grade 1 from 12 primary schools in Guangzhou, China (six intervention schools [n = 952 students]; six control schools [n = 951 students], were assigned to 1 additional 40-minute class of outdoor activities, added to each school day, and parents were encouraged to engage their children in outdoor activities after school hours, especially during weekends and holidays (intervention schools); or children and parents continued their usual pattern of activity (control schools). The average age of the children was 6.6 years.

The 3-year cumulative incidence rate of myopia was 30.4 percent (259 cases among 853 eligible participants) in the intervention group and 39.5 percent (287 cases among 726 eligible participants) in the control group. Cumulative change in spherical equivalent refraction (myopic shift) after 3 years was significantly less in the intervention group than in the control group.

Prevention of Myopia in Children

Myopia, commonly known as near-sightedness, is the inability to obtain proper focus of distant objects without use of corrective eyewear or refractive surgery and is among the most common problems encountered in ophthalmic practice. Both genetic and environmental factors have been associated with the development of myopia.1 Prevalence estimates for myopia vary widely depending on the population and age group studied. According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data for the 2003-2008 survey years, 30.7% of the US population is affected with myopia.2 Among preschool children in the United States, less than 6% have myopia, although the prevalence increases with age, especially during school years.3,4

My personal experience suggests taking care of following things in daily routine:

 

• Reduce spicy pickles, papad or acid-inducing food from diet and gradually shun forever.
• Include desi gau milk in diet
• Cultivate habit of evening walk (best if, morning run is also included in routine) in nearby green areas. Walk for at least half an hour and then close your eyes and try to visualize Mother Nature with close eyes.
• From Shukla Paksha Ashtami to Purnima, observe moon in the night. Sleep in moon light for half an hour and observe moon. Repeat it every month.
• Take care of stool. It should be regular, devoid of constipation. Avoid all food and other habits that can lead to constipation. Eyes have direct connection with intestine and gut. Bad digestion will have first symptom on eyes.
• Avoid reading in artificial light. Avoid late night movies. In fact, avoid all artificial lights after sunset (TV, Mobile, Gadgets)
• Prepare Thrifala churan at home. Consume it in such a way that it shouldn’t become habit (This is true for all medicines. Your body should not get addicted to any medicine)

No sight gladdened the eye of the vedic Bharatiya more than the cow returning from the pasture, and licking her calf; no sound was more musical to his ear than the lowing of milch kine.

इमा या गाव: स जनास इन्द्र। “ये गाएं ही इन्द्र हैं|”

गौ (Physical plane – Gau mata) can nurture गौ (Daivik plane – human senses)

If you can avail Ghrita prepared by manual churning method, following all procedures and taking utmost care of Gau mata, use this Ghrita as nasal drops every night before sleep.

Gau mutra/Ghrita for Netra
Gau mutra/Ghrita for Netra

4 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for sharing useful insight into this deadly disease.
    I would also like to add few points here (though not sure if they are really effective)
    1. Absence of minimum exposure of sun to body parts. Conditions are such that neither at school nor at home, Sun light is treated as enemy. In older time people used to have sun bath (exposure of Sun to thighs, belly, chest exta.), but now we live inside Ultra Violet Protected walls.
    2. Excess of Spices, Salt, Sugar, Tomato along with highly processed food intake – as you already mentioned it. Not using eyes to see the distant objects (partly because we are living indoor life – my father calls it बंद कमरा जीवन)

  2. I forgot to mention the use and role of antibiotics/other medicines that imbalances body’s thyroidal glands, thus making us fat (शरीर फूलना). This starts right from birth. The school photo that you have shared in this post seems linked with use of antibiotic. These side effects of medicines could be linked with many diseases.

  3. Lack of sound sleep at night due to mental stress. Lack of physical stress may also be cause of lack of sleep at night.
    Breast Feeding period for infants is also declining day by day. People hardly make it 6 months now, which used to be 2-3 years in earlier time.
    Premature delivery also cause loss of immunity.
    C-Sec causes flooding of antibiotic at very early stage which flows into child’s body through breast feeding.
    Sugar bars (chocolates, candies, etc.) are devoid of nutrition but rich in energy, which may make us fatty.

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