Arthritis, in a broader sense, is used to refer any Joint disorder; which may be autoimmune or degenerative diseases. There are almost 100 types of arthritis, among which Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Ankylosing spondylitis, Gout, Lumps, Septic arthritis are spread widely in the Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital & Research Centre. Any arthritis affects the joints (either small or big) with severe pain, inflammation, reddishness and stiffness. In some cases, arthritis may be associated with other diseases like Psoriasis, Hepatitis, Lyme disease, Inflammatory bowel disease etc. apart from joint pain, stiffness and swelling at joints, other symptomatic changes include difficulty to walk and take-up physical work, morning stiffness, fatigue, sleep disorders, tenderness, weight loss, muscular pains, etc. All these are because of the accumulation of toxic substances in the body, which should be driven out. Ayurveda, not only brings change in pain and stiffness, also improves and strengthens the joints for a painless living.
2. Age-related Macular Degeneration,(armd)
It is a progressive, degenerative, central vision affecting, blurriness causing eye disease, which is prevalent in the middle age. Black spots may develop, affecting the sharpness of central vision. The brightness of the object cannot be recognized perfectly. ARMD, with its advancement, interrupts even simple daily activities and badly ceases our ability to read, write, drive, cook, identify faces, fix up the articles, handle workshop tasks, etc. Age factors, lifestyle disorders, profession, stress, family history are the primary causative factors of ARMD. Ayurveda proves its uniqueness to manage this condition very effectively. A healthy diet, adequate exercise and systematic lifestyle adds up for the speedy recovery. Even, Ayurveda also emphasizes the importance of the above factors. These facilities are available in Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital & Research Centre.
All the types of Glaucoma are devastating, irreversible and pathetic conditions, where the damage occurs to the optic nerves, which carry the information from eye to brain. The disease mainly depends on the Intraocular Pressure (IOP) within the eye. It is a silent disease, with no specific symptoms for easier and earlier diagnosis. Initially, it affects the Peripheral vision and may even lead to vision loss in the later stages. In the majority of the cases, ocular hypertension has been a prevalent causative factor. The control of the outflow of the watery fluid (aqueous) that is continually being produced inside the eye has to be monitored and regulated properly to treat and manage the disease. Earlier we respond, better the relief. Ayurveda has an adequate number of examples with satisfactory progress rate in treating the challenging Glaucoma. This treatment is in Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital & Research Centre.
4. Optic Neuropathy/toxic Optic Neuropathy
This is often referred to as Optic Atrophy, which is a clinical condition that is caused due to the damage of Optic Nerves. The damage may be because of insufficient blood flow to optic nerve, swollen optic disc, inflammation of optic nerve, tumors, infections, direct or indirect injuries, direct exposure to sunlight, any trauma to head, genetic mutations in mitochondrial DNA, alcoholic beverages, tobacco usage, vitamin deficiency, malnutrition, methanol detoxication, hereditary, etc. The most probable and common signs are visual field defect, abnormal papillary response, inability to perceive colours and ultimately vision loss. A proper knowledge of Ayurveda is sound enough to keep a check to all the evil factors that affect the vision in the condition of Optic Neuropathy. This treatment is available in Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital & Research Centre.
1. Kaya Chikitsa – General Treatments
Apart from the diseases of the eye, Sreedhareeyam has a separate division; called Soubhadram which handles all the ailments pertaining to skin, arthritis, muscle injuries, age-related ailments and all other imaginable ailments. We treat about 1200 cases of general diseases.
Some of these diseases are
2. Other Musculoskeletal Disorders
MSDs are the hurts or injuries caused to muscles, bones, ligaments or joints of the human body. They may be because of the accidents, sudden lifting of objects, vibrations, bad postures, trauma, etc. the effects may be on any part of the body. Psychological factors, occupation, work environment also aggravates the symptoms of MSDs. Ayurveda helps to improve the strength of the muscles of the body and regulates its metabolism.
DM is a chronic metabolic disorder, where our own body fails to utilize the energy found in the food, that we consume, which leads to the imbalanced levels of insulin. If the condition does not care and treated properly, it may affect vital organs like kidney, eyes, heart, nervous system (causing Diabetic Neuropathy), etc. This simple disease may create a huge loss to the physical and psychological health of an individual. Because of the lifestyle disorders, DM has become very common nowadays. Ayurveda can balance glucose levels by regulating insulin so that further complications can be avoided.
Skin, the largest organ of our human body is highly prone to a number of diseases as it is directly exposed to sunlight, dust, toxic substances around us, environmental and climatic changes, auto-immune disorders, physiological disorders, infections, etc. as it is even a beauty and self-confidence factor, any ailment to skin will have a direct impact on our psychological wellness. Nowadays, the pervasiveness has increased because of the lifestyle changes and threatening effects of climate changes across the globe. Common skin diseases are Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Acne, phentermine weight loss, Fungal infections, Ringworm, Rashes, Allergy, Scaling, Eczema, Warts, Impetigo, Vitiligo, etc. Ayurveda focuses on detoxification and nourishment therapies in its unique protocols for an individual’s betterment.
The enlarged and twisted veins usually in legs (may be in other parts also) are termed as Varicose Veins. The development of varicose veins especially in legs, affect the blood flow to the heart. The major symptoms are a pain in legs, heaviness, ankle swelling, skin discolouration near veins, the presence of spider veins, sudden leg cramps, dryness and itching of skin near a vein, difficulty in standing and walking, etc. Ayurveda helps to suppress the symptoms and hence prevents further life-threatening complications.
6. Gynaecological Disorders
The female reproductive system is highly sensitive and a complex mechanism. Its health helps to maintain the overall health of a woman. Very common problems that prevail in different age groups are Menstrual disorders, PCOD, PCOS, endometriosis, pelvic pain, Uterine, Fibroids, Abnormal hair distribution, Acne, Vaginal infections, Vaginal skin disorders, Infertility and Contraception, Pre and Post Menopause problems, Hormone imbalances, post-pregnancy complications, gynaecological cancers, etc. Ayurveda treatment provides safe and assured remedies without significant side effects.
It is a clinical condition that affects an individual’s mood, thinking, perception and behaviour. Usually, they are recurrent, persistent and remitting idiopathic disorders. This happens as a result of Neurochemical imbalance that takes place within the body. Sometimes, social factors, religion, community, surroundings also play a major role, contributing to the illness. Some of the common psychological disorders are anxiety, depression, insomnia, neurodevelopmental disorders, mania, agitation, paranoia, dementia, schizophrenia, phobias, mood swings, delusional disorder, mal-adoption, eating disorders, sexual disorders, substance use disorders (drugs, alcohol, etc), autism, developmental disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, etc. Ayurveda has appreciative results over the years in handling the mental illness both in clinical and counselling methods. Also, it opens a door to implement smoothening and relaxation therapies, Yoga, Pranayama, etc.
It is a multi-disciplinary syndrome that affects the memory and other essential thinking and analytical skills. It may even lead to Alzheimer’s disease. It may be one of the side effects of Stroke. Sometimes, untreated thyroid and vitamin deficiency may also lead to Dementia. Some of the common symptoms are memory loss, confused communication and language, improper understanding and judgment, unfocused visual perception, etc. The support and care through Ayurveda can make the person normal by retrieving all his skills back. Also, it helps to prevent recurrence of the disease.
Shalakya Tantra is the branch of Ayurveda which deals with ailments above the neck. Sreedhareeyam specializes in Shalakya Tantra, and especially Netra Ckitsa (Treatment of Eye Diseases) aided by the extensive knowledge that was handed down in the family through centuries and polished with clinical experience. All the doctors here are professionally qualified, but at the same time, enriched with the traditional collection of knowledge scriptures in Nellikkattu Mana. All the medicines and treatment methods are constantly evaluated by the continuous research and clinical study centres, which subsequently perfected the methods in use.
Retinitis Pigmentosa is a Vision Threatening, Blindness causing, Progressive, Age independent, Day and Night (Light) dependent, Degenerative, Bilateral, Eye Rod affecting, Autosomal recessive and/ or Sporadic natured, night blindness featured Kaphajatimira, Sannipata (tridosha) disease, which is under the broad domain of diffuse Retinal Dystrophy as the central area of retina, Macula gets affected. The progressive degeneration occurs because of the loss or death of rods and cones (photoreceptor cells where rods are affected more than cones) of the retina, which eventually affect the retina’s ability to respond to light. It is a fundus disorder, where the visual field changes show annular or ring-shaped scotoma which is a typical feature that corresponds to the degenerated equatorial zone of the retina. The retina is the innermost, the light-sensitive layer of the eye where the visual image of the world is created by eye optics. In the initial stages, the night vision and peripheral vision will get affected, followed by dark adaption and Tunnel Vision. In the later stages, when cones and macula are affected, they affect the perception of colour and the central (reading) vision will be blemished.
11. Refractive Errors (myopia, Hyperopia, Presbyopia, Astigmatism)
Refractive error occurs when the eye fails to correct the focus rays of light from an object onto the retinal plane and hence, causing the perception of the blurred image. These are very common in all age groups, from all backgrounds of society. These errors are neither preventable nor neglect-able. They have to be corrected, usually using spectacles or lens. But, proper correction measures are required, where Ayurveda assures a safe and stable solution for the majority of the cases. Very common Refractive errors are 1. Myopia (short or near-sightedness), 2. Hyperopia (long or far-sightedness), 3. Presbyopia (age-related loss of near focusing) and 4. Astigmatism (irregularly curved cornea). The problem can be rectified totally in the early ages and can be well managed in the later ages using ancient Ayurvedic treatment protocols, eye exercises and Yoga. Surgery can be avoided.
Diabetic retinopathy, also referred to as Diabetic eye disease is a clinical, progressive, degenerative, vision-threatening ophthalmological condition where the small blood vessels and neurons in retina get affected and finally the situation becomes so adverse that retina damages. Means, it has become one of the prominent or predominant reasons for making the life dark to people, by causing permanent blindness. In DR, the risk to type 1diabetes patients is more than to that of type 2 cases. There are two stages in the condition, DR. The initial stage is silent symptom stage that records even full vision (20/20), which is termed as Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR). The advanced stage is Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR), where the newly formed abnormal, fragile blood vessels at the hind part burst and bleed at any instant, causing the blurredness of vision. Both of the clinical conditions are effectively addressed by Ayurveda with its systematic treatment procedures.
Uveal layer or Uveal coat or Vascular layer is the pigmented, middle layer of the three concentric layers that form an eye. Uvea is divided into Iris, Ciliary body and Choroid; with functions of nutrition and gas exchange, light absorption, secretion of aqueous humour, control of focus, optimization of retinal illumination, etc. Painful Uveitis is caused by the inflammation of Uvea. It is associated with heat, redness, pain and swelling on one or two eyes. Non- infectious Uveitis is usually an autoimmune disorder. Diseases like AIDS, Behcet’s Syndrome, Shingles, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, TB, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, etc aggravates Uveitis. Sometimes, it may be caused because of bacterial/ viral infection in the eye. The major symptoms are change in vision, floaters, eye pain, eye redness, light sensitivity, swelling, etc. Ayurveda treatment not only cures Uveitis, also nourishes Uvea and improves its function.
Keratoconus is a threatening eye disorder that is caused by the progressive thinning of the cornea. It may be because of genetic, environmental or hormone factors. The cornea gets a cone shape, sometimes a scar or circle can be seen within the cornea. In the early stages, the symptoms are similar to that of refractive errors, but the vision deteriorates with the progression of the disease. The notable symptoms include blurry vision, double vision, myopia, astigmatism and light sensitivity.
The eye muscles are crucial in the positional alignment and balance management of the eye. Misalignment and imbalance of these muscles cause Squint Eye. Because of poor muscle control, the direction of the sight and focus will not be stable. The focus of two eyes will not be synchronized because of the improper functioning of Extraocular muscles, which control the movement of eyeballs and eyelids. It may affect Binocular Vision. Apart from a muscular problem, improper coordination of brain also induces Squint eye. Early diagnosis and an apt Ayurveda treatment and Yoga help to rectify this condition. If not rectified in the “Critical Period” (early ages below 6years), it may be progressed to Amblyopia condition.
Cataract is a slow and surpine phenomenon where the normal, lucid lens of the eye is encompassed with dense clouding. It forms like a fog on the lens; which impairs the normal vision. This interrupts the routine activities like driving, reading, writing, etc. Cataracts may develop because of aging, diabetes, hereditary, past eye surgeries, prolonged steroids, obesity, smoking, alcohol, Hypertension, excessive exposure to sunlight, etc. the condition can be identified by the symptoms like clouded or dim vision, difficulty with vision during night, high sensitivity to light and glare, need of bright light for reading, fading of colors, frequent changes in eye power, double vision in one eye, etc. Ayurveda helps greatly for the proper management of the disease and also prevents the further clouding around the lucid lens.
Eales disease, which is also known as Angiopathic Retinae Juvenilis is an idiopathic, ophthalmic disorder that is characterized by inflammation of the retina, blockage of retinal blood vessels, neovascularization, repeated retinal and vitreous haemorrhages, etc. the symptoms are not significant in the early stages. As the disease progresses, one may develop floaters, blurring vision and gross diminution of vision, etc. massive vitreous haemorrhages are present. In the majority of the clinical studies, the presence of DNA of bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been found as the tentative factor of Eales disease.
It is a very common clinical condition, where an individual suffers from chronic and constant eye irritation, inflammation and sometimes scarring of the eye’s surface. Scarcity in the availability of lubricants and moisture within the eye are predominant factors resulting in Dry Eye Syndrome. Inadequate quantity of tears also contributes to this condition. Common notable symptoms are burning of eyes, itchy eyes, aching sensations, heavy eyes, fatigued eyes, sore eyes, dryness sensation, red eyes, photophobia, blurred vision, etc. In some cases, watery eyes, effects of LASIK and Cataract also become symptomatic in Dry Eye Syndrome. Ayurveda not only rules out Dry Eye Syndrome, also rejuvenates the lubricants and improves the moisture in the eye