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Macular Degeneration Natural Ayurvedic Remedies

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Ayurvedic Treatment For Macular Degeneration, Atrophy, Cataracts

Macular Degeneration is a eye condition caused due to the deterioration or degeneration of the central part of the retina. It is one of the leading causes of loss of vision. It affects the posterior part of the eye, called the retina. The retina is supplied with the optic nerve carrying the signals related to the image on the retina from the eyes to the brain.


The central portion of the retina, called the macula, is responsible for the central vision in the eyes. It controls the ability of a person to drive a car, recognize colors and faces, read, and see the fine details of an object. The treatment of eye diseases likes macular degeneration, optic atrophy and cataracts with ayurvedic natural remedies can help with the symptoms. [1]


Causes and Types of Macular Degeneration


Macular Degeneration occurs when there is damage to the macula, which reduces the ability of the person to have a clear vision. The progressive vision loss caused due to this condition can become worse over a period of time resulting in blindness. Seeking alternative retinal degeneration treatment based on the concepts of Ayurveda can help people to prevent the progress of this disease. [2]


Macular Degeneration is classified into two types: the dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. More than 80% of the cases of Macular Degeneration are of the dry or atrophic type. The wet or exudative type of Macular Degeneration forms just 10 to 15% of the total cases diagnosed with this disease. Different researches over the periods of time are suggestive that Ayurveda can offer a management  for macular degeneration dry and wet symptoms.


The risk of this condition is higher in the older individuals. The progress of age-related Macular Degeneration is characterized by three stages, which are as follows:


  • Early Age-related Macular Degeneration: at this stage, the patients do not experience vision loss. This stage is largely asymptomatic. That is why; it is important to undergo regular eye checkups so that the disease can be detected while it’s at the early stage and appropriate treatment can be started to minimize the risk of blindness. Following an ayurvedic diet at this stage can be highly beneficial to prevent the disease from worsening.

  • Intermediate Age-related Macular Degeneration:  At this stage, the patients may experience a mild vision loss, without any noticeable symptoms.

  • Late Age-related Macular Degeneration: the vision loss becomes significant, at this stage, and begins to hinder the daily activities of the patients. 



 Natural Eye Supplements For Macular Degeneration, Optic Atrophy And Cataracts


Ayurveda can offers herbal suppliments that can help in the management of different eyes condition. Below is the list of the natural eye supplements which can help in the symptoms of macular degeneration, atrophy and cataracts.


  • Triphala Guggulu: Triphala Guggulu can be beneficial ayurvedic herbs for managing macular degeneration. It can help protect the eyes against the damage caused by free radicals by producing an antioxidant action. A regular use of these herbs can also help to improve the vision.  [3]

  • Shilajeet (Asphaltum): Shilajeet can be revered for its potent anti-aging properties. It can protect the vision against the degenerative changes caused due to the advancing age. It can also help to treat the other ophthalmic disorders like cataract. [4]

  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Ashwagandha  can possesses regenerative and restorative properties. [5]

  • Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia): Giloy has the ability to protect the eyes from the damage by free radicals. The antioxidant action of this herb may be beneficial. [6]

  • Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica): Amalaki provide a rich source of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. It may help protect the retina and macula and prevent degeneration of these tissues. It can also be used to treat conjunctivitis. [7]

  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): Brahmi is a potent nerve tonic. It can enhances the functions of the optic nerve, which carries information from the retina to the brain. It can also act as an anti-aging agent and helps to control the degenerative changes in the retina. [8]


Natural Eye Drops For Macular Degeneration         


Besides these herbs, ayurvedic treatment also involves the use of eye drops for macular degeneration such as Isotine eye drops. It is an ayurvedic eye product that contains a combination of herbs, which can help in improving the eyesight and delaying the degeneration. This eye drop can also be used for managing other eye diseases like immature cataract, solar retinitis, amblyopia, color blindness, and glaucoma.


Can Macular Degeneration Be Managed


Most patients suffering from this disease are worried about can macular degeneration be managed as the progressive vision loss caused due to the same can be highly disturbing. 


The Ayurvedic practitioners at our Melbourne wellness centre can suggest herbal suppliments and Akshi Tarpan treatment to control the symptoms of macular degeneration. The Akshi Tarpan therapy can provide nourishment to the eyes and manage a range of ophthalmic disorders including macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, colour blindness, and conjunctivitis. 


The Alternative holistic ayurvedic doctors at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic can also advise patients about diet and lifestyle and special panchakarma detox treatment. Panchakarma is a detoxication therapy that helps to cleanse the blood by stimulating the removal of toxic substances from the body. 





Disclaimer: The information on ayurvedic products and medicines on our website is for educational purposes only. One should not buy these products over the counter. These should only be taken after ayurvedic consultation with an ayurvedic practitioner. The uses and indications of these herbal products are based on Traditional Ayurvedic text books. These herbs should be supplemented with appropriate diet and lifestyle to get beneficial effects. Although there is a lot of research done on Ayurveda these days, yet these herbal products might not hold enough current research based evidence.



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Author Bio:

Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More