Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited condition which leads to gradual and progressive vision loss. The common symptoms of this condition include night blindness, flashes of light, and gradually vision loss, which may sometimes be accompanied by hearing loss. This condition is however, more a result of degeneration than actual inflammation. Currently, there is no specific treatment for this condition in the modern system of medicine.
Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be used very effectively in the management and treatment of retinitis pigmentosa. Since this condition is due to degeneration, Ayurvedic herbal medicines and herbo mineral medicines which provide vital micronutrients are used so as to nourish the eye, halt the degeneration, and repair the damage done to the eye, especially the retina. A combination of herbal medicines is used which include medicines to strengthen the optic nerve, medicines to treat blood vessel damage, and medicines to detoxify the blood circulation within the eyes.
The main treatment for retinitis pigmentosa is in the form of oral medication; however, this can be supplemented with the use of local treatment in the form of eye drops, application of medicated oils, ghee and pastes on the eyes, as well as other Panchkarma procedures in order to regularise neurological deficit in the body. High blood pressure, excessive cholesterol in the blood, accumulation of toxins in the body, bleeding tendency in the capillaries, and stress are known factors which may cause or aggravate retinitis pigmentosa, and all these factors need to be treated thoroughly, with the help of herbal medicines.
Retinitis pigmentosa is a serious disease which can gradually cause a complete loss of vision. Hence, aggressive Ayurvedic herbal treatment is required to treat this condition at the earliest possible, so as to prevent loss of vision, and restore eyesight to the maximum extent possible. Ayurvedic herbal treatment may be required usually from about six to twelve months, for significant improvement or a complete recovery.
The writer, Dr. A. A. Mundewadi, is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant at www.ayurvedaphysician.com