Eyes are the doorway to see the world. A world that not only consists of good but also bad, the world with curiosity and steadiness at the same time. But if the doorway to see this world suffers a forceful closure, then what are you going to do? The diseases related to this doorway, that is our eyes are becoming more and more common these days. One of such conditions is blepharospasm which affects your eyes adversely if not treated on time. Moving further in this article let’s understand blepharospasm and how it affects human eyes. Also, certain Ayurvedic formulations will be discussed as well which helps in blepharospasm.
Blepharospasm is a focal dystonia that causes increased blinking and involuntary closing of the eyelids. Blpehro here means eyelids and spasm means sudden involuntary muscular contractions or muscle twitching. Blepharospasm can be easily explained as the difficulty to open the eyelids. In ayurveda the condition is directly related to vartama roga. Under vartam roga, acharya Vagbhatta has mentioned it as Kruchronmeelana. It is also mentioned that the condition is the result of vata dosha aggravation. In Ayurveda there are some peculiar things which are mentioned under its treatment. Next in the article we will discuss blepharospasm in detail. The causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment will be discussed according to modern and ayurvedic science.
Causes Of Blepharospasm
The factors that trigger the blepharospasm are as follows:
- Severely dry eyes
- Intraocular inflammation
- Meningeal irritation
- Light sensitivity
- Certain medications as well
Symptoms Related To Blepharospasm
- It begins at the age of 40s, 50s and 60s
- Pain — Which is of pricking nature
- Foreign body sensation — sensation is mostly like there is sand particles in your eyes
- Watering of eyes
- Feeling of relaxation when one rubs the eyes
- Squinting is also included
- Heaviness in eyelids, pain and tension around the eyes
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open
Such symptoms are at low intensity in the starting but as time passes and things are ignored for longer then the intensity may become severe.
- The diagnosis generally depends upon the clinical examination.
- In this case laboratory tests are of no utility.
Treatment Of Blepharospasm
The treatment for blepharospasm includes the following:
- Some injectable medicines like botox which is a brand name for botulinum toxin. It can reverse the muscle condition by reducing the twitching.
- Some oral medicines are also given for a short span of time.
- In very severe cases, myectomy is done to treat symptoms. Myectomy is a procedure in which the muscles and nerves of the eyelids are removed.
In ayurveda if we discuss the treatment of Blepharospasm then blepharospasm can be treated by following ways:
- As mentioned the condition is the result of excess of vata dosha in the body and to subside this vata dosha aggravation vata hara chikitsa is done. Here vata hara means pacification of vata dosha.
- In Sweden, steaming can be done.
- Vasti or medicated enema can also be given.
- Snigdha nasya which is the administration of oil in the form of drops in the nasal opening (both sides).
- Snigdha dhooma, it is inhalation of medicated smoke
- Snigdha anjana, that is application of unctuous preparation applied over lower palpebral conjunctiva. It helps in glorifying the eyes.
- Akshi tarpan can also be done using medicated ghee or clarified butter prepared with draksha (raisins) kalka (paste).
Herbal Remedies For Blepharospasm by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda is a herbal formulation manufacturing company. The products prepared by Planet Ayurveda are effective and give observable results in a short span of time. The Ayurvedic formulations are completely vegetarian and do not have any kind of mixing of adulterants, additives, preservatives, dyes, flavour enhancers and other chemicals. The herbal formulations are prepared with effective natural herbs which gives good results in managing many conditions. The formulations are potent enough to pacify the most important cause for blepharospasm that is vata dosha. The formulations which exclusively offered for blepharospasm are as follows:
- Brahmi Capsules
- Ashwagandhaghan Vati
- Neuro Plan Syrup
- Angel Eye Vitale
1. Brahmi Capsules
Brahmi capsules are the herbal capsules, manufactured using Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) alone. The herb is mentioned under the medhya rasayana in the classics. These medhya rasayan are responsible for maintaining a very good balance of vata dosha in the body. Brahmi as a herb is a fantastic vata dosha pacifier and also helps in maintaining the health of nerves and muscles. Mostly due to too much vata in the body muscle twitching becomes common. This results in destruction of muscle fibres and has a bad impact on the nerves as well. But usage of brahmi vati helps in avoiding such situations. In this situation also the damage done can be reversed as soon as the vata anulomana process starts.
Dosage: One capsule twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.
2. Ashwagandhaghan Vati
Ashwagandhaghan vati is manufactured from ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) alone. The product is having results in muscle twitching and fatigue. The formulation is having great results in nerve strengthening as well. As the nerves are strengthened so is the motor and sensory system of the body. The formulation also helps in reducing stiffness in tendons and muscles. As it acts like a nervine tonic, it helps in enhancing the nervous system of the body. Ashwagandha has a great role in pacification of vata dosha and has a steroidal effect to reduce any type of inflammation present in the body. All over the formulation gives great results in this situation.
Dosage: Two tablets twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.
3. Neuro Plan Syrup
Neuro plan is a powerful formulation which is prepared using Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Bhojpatra (Betula utilis), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Madhuyashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and pippali (Piper longum). The neuroplan syrup helps in relieving the discomfort felt due to recurrent twitching of eyes. Neuro plan syrup is helpful in pacification of vata dosha due to its potent ingredients. The formulation also enhances intelligence and intellect. The patient can develop disturbed sleep due to recurrent electric shock type of pain. Neuro plan syrup also reduces that possibility.
Dosage: Two tsp twice a day after meals.
Vikramprash is a patent formulation of the Planet Ayurveda. This formulation has many potent herbs as its ingredients. The initial purpose of Vikramprash is to enhance the immunity of a person. It has ingredients like Bilva (Aegle marmelos), Agnimantha (Premna mucronata), Syonak (Oroxylum indicum), Kashmarya (Gmelina arborea) and many others. These ingredients are pure herbs that benefit the body in many magical ways. The vikramprash also has brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) as one of its ingredients. This herb as mentioned above has many benefits to serve in this case. Moreover, it has other effects which help in building the body’s immunity and enhancing the functioning of the various glands present in the body Any factors hampering the functioning of the body’s normal metabolism are removed or eliminated using this formulation. In addition, it helps in pacification of vata dosha as well.
Dosage: One tsp twice a day after meals with warm milk.
5. Angel Eye Vitale
The angel eye vitale is also a patent formulation which has amla (Emblica officinalis), gotukola (Centella asiatica) and bhringraj (Eclipta alba). All three herbs are really helpful in enhancing the overall health of the eye muscles as well as have an effect on the inner eye too. In some cases, the eye twitching is so severe that the patient is not able to open eyes for a longer period than usual. In such cases the formulation is of great effect. The result is decrease in the twitching of the eyes, less pain and relaxed eyelids. All over the formulation helps by providing strength to the ocular muscles, nourishes the eyes deeply and also pacifies vata dosha. This is how angel eye vitale has its effect in this condition.
Dosage: One capsule twice a day with lukewarm water after meals.
Though the prevalence of this condition is not much but still it is impacting almost all the age groups. Mostly it starts after the 40s but in some unlucky cases youngsters can suffer too. As mentioned above, the condition is the result of vata dosha aggravation and its treatment is only possible if the anulomana of the vata dosha is done. In addition, the formulation mentioned above has a great effect in pacification of vata dosha and reduces the intensity as well. The following diet is equally important as Ayurveda believes in alterations in the lifestyle and eating styles to manage any type of disease effectively along with the medicines. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com