The average Indian spends 10 hours a day watching TV and using computers and mobile devices. With this amount of eye strain, and often not enough rest, our modern eyes are getting pretty tuckered out! According to Ayurveda, the eyes are one of the homes of pitta dosha in the body — a combination of the fire and water elements, pitta is responsible for all transformation in the body. In the eyes, pitta dosha transforms the reflection of an object on the retina into an image and allows us to see. When we overuse our eyes, pitta flares up and causes painful, dry, blood-shot eyes, inflammation in or around the eye, or even impaired vision. Ayurvedic medicine recommends cooling treatments for the eyes to calm pitta dosha and keep the eyes bright, clear and tension-free.
Netra Vasti is the process of bathing the eyes in a well of ghee (clarified butter) — traditionally used to purify the eyes, restore clear vision and slow the natural degeneration of the eyes. Ghee is highly anti-inflammatory and cools, lubricates and rejuvenates the eyes, strengthening the ocular muscles and nourishing the optic nerve, improving vision, and preventing formation of cataracts, glaucoma and conjunctivitis. Because the eyes are connected to the nervous system, bathing the eyes in this way also promotes a deep state of relaxation and can be helpful for anxiety, insomnia and chronic tension.
Netra Vasti is ideal if you experience any of the following
- Blurred or otherwise impaired vision
- A history of chronic conjunctivitis (not acute infection)
- Dry, itchy or watery eyes
- Dark circles around the eyes
- Eye strain/tension
- Tired, irritated eyes
- Night blindness
- Poor Concentration
- Inflammation in or around the eyes
- Blood-shot eyes
- Eye Twitching