The modern Allopathic school of medicine considers cataract the result of lens of the eye losing its transparency. As per traditional Ayurveda, Cataract results from serious vitiation of vata and pitta leading to eye ball opacity. The reasons could be many – senile degeneration, excessive strenuous work, injury, diabetes and excessive exposure to heat or radiation. Here, if intelligently and correctly applied, the traditional Ayurvedic treatment scores over Allopathic treatment as the former has the potential to bring about cure without surgery. Allopathy, as well as know, relies only on surgery involving replacement of natural lens of the eye by an artificial one. Some traditional remedies for successful treatment of Cataract are given below. These should be taken under medical advice/supervision.
- Prepare a mixture using 15 gms each of essence of Bishop’s weed (Ajwain), camphor and peppermint. Then drop about 10 small pieces of dried stem of turmeric into this mixture. After one week, take out these pieces. Take a piece of this turmeric and rub it alongwith water on the dry surface of sandstone. The resulting paste should be applied into the eyes. Regular use of this paste cures cataract.
- Prepare a mixture of Bocha (4 gms), Hing (Asafoetida) (2gms) and Sonth (dried ginger) (2 gms). Mix it with 5 to 10 gms of honey and divide the paste into two equal parts. Eat one part each in the morning and evening. It is an effective remedy for Cataract.
- Take equal quantity of aniseed and coriander seeds and mix them. Then powder this mixture and add to it an equal quantity by weight of powdered unrefined crystal sugar (mishri), 10 to 15 grams of the resulting mixture should be taken twice a day. It will show positive result in a few weeks.
- Prepare a mixture of equal quantities by weight of the extract of white onion and honey and keep it in a corked bottle. Apply this mixture in the eyes before going to sleep every night. Regular use of this remedy is also an excellent preventive and curative for Cataract.