Today, the problem of Retinitis Pigmentosa is very common among people. There could be various reasons for this problem but the mainly it is a hereditary disease which is transferred from one generation to another. Being quite a complex disease, most of the people believe that it is not possible to treat the disease. But if detected at an early stage and treated with highly effective Ayurvedic therapies then it is possible to cure the problem. I, Dr. Dinesh Sharma, from Prakash Nethralaya and Panchakarma Kendra want to discuss about symptoms of RP and how it can be treated with Ayurveda.
RP or Retinitis Pigmentosa is a cluster of autosomal dominant, inherited disorders which can be characterized by night blindness and peripheral loss of vision that can finally lead to loss of central vision. Some of the common symptoms of this medical ailment are visual light flashes, loss of vision, night blindness and sometimes loss of ability of hearing. This extent of the problem is more because of degeneration in comparison to inflammation. It is of the most dangerous disease to the eyes which demands immediate detection and diagnosis.
There is no better option than Ayurveda to treat this medical ailment. The aim of the reliable Ayurvedic treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa is to reverse or halt the process of degeneration and treat the symptoms. A number of medicines can be used for this purpose like Gokshur, Musta, Guduchi, Punarnava, Yashtimadhuk, Shatavari, Tulsi, Pippali, Behada, Haritaki and Amalaki. For stopping the degeneration procedure and improving the loss caused to eyesight these medicines are quite helpful: Kuchla (Strychnos nuxvomica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Usheerasav, Chandanasav, Saarivasav, Ekang-Veer-Ras, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Trivang-Bhasma, Punarnavadi-Mandur Abhrak-Bhasma and Tapyadi-Loh.
A unique Panchkarma process known as ‘Akshi-Tarpan’ can be used for the purpose of treating RP. During the procedure, a paste is prepared which is applied uniformly around eyes and different medications like Triphala-Ghrut and Yashtimadhuk-Ghrut are poured in a special way that both eyes are submerged for a few minutes in the medicine. After some time, the paste is removed, cleaning of the eyelids is done and medicine is drained. It is believed that this process is helpful in restoring and preserving eye vision.
As you can see that the procedure is quite simple and there is no risk of any type of side effect also. Apart from the treatment part, the consultation also plays an important role. All the patients who are facing the problem of Retinitis Pigmentosa should be provided sufficient information related to their medical condition with knowledge about the suitable vocational rehabilitation. It is necessary that the patient follows necessary precautions while performing various activities for example driving a vehicle. Apart from this, Genetic Counseling is also suggested to all patients who are suffering with RP. The counseling will provide adequate information about the influence of the disease for the next generation of patient and what measures they are required to follow for it.