Shalakya Chikitsa

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Shalakya Chikitsa

All the three major classics of Ayurveda A– Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Ashtanga Hridaya deals with Shalakya Chikitsa. According to Ayurveda there are 72 Netra Roga (eye diseases), 11 Osta Roga (lip diseases), one Gand Rog (lymph disease), 23 Danta Rog (dental diseases), 6 Jihva rog (tongue diseases), Eight Talu rog (palate), 18 Gal Rog (throat diseases), and eight Savagat Mukhrog (diseases affecting mouth cavity and face).

Sushrut Samhita tells in detail about surgical treatment of different eye diseases and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of infections. Sushruta, considered to be the first known human surgeon, also describes the methods of removal of unwanted growths like tumours.

Shalakya Chikitsa deals not only with major treatment measures for diseases affecting sensitive parts of the head but also puts detailed direction about easy home remedies for diseases like migraine, infections in the eye, ears and other parts. The aim of the treatment is to prevent society from hazardous conditions like blindness, deafness, oral cavity cancers by identifying the cause and treating the same.


A special treatment in which the eyes are bathed in a special herbal relieves the strain due to constant glaring to the computer & tv screen. Helps in preventing the early formation of cataract. Reduces pain and burning sensation in the eyes. Offers a good relaxation and cooling effect to the eyes.

Anjanam is an Ayurvedic treatment which has broad-spectrum utility in ophthalmology as both preventive and curative means. In this eye treatment in which the medicine( maybe Rasamruta i.e herbs & mineral combination or powder or paste) is applied to the internal surface of the eyelid from medial canthus to lateral canthus. Medicine is applied using Shalaka or a rod( made of gold, silver or glass) or with clean fingers.


It helps to clarify and enhance the vision and prevent eye diseases.

It helps to remove impurities from the eyes.

Anjanam soothes and relaxes the eye.

It gives beauty and lustre to the eye.

It Helps to remove the foreign body sensation and itching of the eyes.

It Helps to remove the foreign body sensation and itching of the eyes.

It Helps to remove the foreign body sensation and itching of the eyes.

Removes the burning sensation of the eyes.

It relieves the strain due to constant glaring to computer and tv.

It helps in preventing the early formation of cataract.


Netradhara is a treatment devised for cleaning the eyes and is usually the first level of treatment advised in Ayurveda for any forms of eye conditions. In Netradhara, the eyes are washed with a medicated concoctions or oils for a specific period of time, usually half an hour. Netradhara is commonly recommended for people suffering from eye fatigue and muscular tension. Of course, the treatment also lends brightness to the eyes, while “slowing down” the arrival of crows-feet.


Paste of medicine is done over the closed eyelids sparing the eyelashes. Helpful in congestion, redness & irritation on the eye, glaucoma-related conditions, conjunctivitis etc. This is considered as an ayurvedic treatment for glaucoma in Kerala.


One of the therapies for oral health. Kavalagraham uses oil and other medicated concoctions to cleanse the oral canals through gargling. The therapy is beneficial in fixing loose teeth, curing sensitivity, preventing tooth decay, treating bleeding gums to improving clarity in voice.


One of the effective treatments for oral care, Gandoosham uses the heat of the mouth to disseminate the medicine and eliminate toxins. In this therapy, oil or medicated decoctions is held in the mouth for a certain period of time. The process is almost similar to mouthwash these days, but with larger benefits.


Karnapoornam is a single curative preventive treatment for all forms of audiometric conditions. In Karnapoornam, warm medicated liquids/ oil is poured into the external ear canal and retained for a specific period of time, which varies from person-to-person. This treatment is effective in preventing ailments of the ears and is recommended for those with hearing debility, tinnitus and neurological disorders.