Akshitarpana is a Sanskrit term, where ‘akshi’ means eyes and ‘tarpana’ means nourishment.
Akshitarpana is an ancient eye care treatment and rejuvenation program in Ayurveda. It is ideally done as a part of detox (panchakarma) in ayurvedic therapy. It is excellent therapy for managing many forms of eye disease, as well as a brilliant preventative and wellness treatment that cleanses and rejuvenates the eyes and promotes good vision.
The therapy involves first placing a ring of dough, made from black gram (chickpea) flour, around the eyes. The ring is applied so that it does not leak. Then, with the patient’s eyes closed, the therapist pours warm medicated ghee into the eye cavity until it covers the eyelashes. It is allowed to sit for a short time, so its therapeutic action can take place. The ghee is changed periodically, and the patient is instructed to do special eye exercises. After the therapy is complete, the ghee and dough are removed.
Akshitarpana relieves eye strain and the deleterious effects of prolonged exposure to electronic screens. It strengthens eye tissue, helps to fight dark circles under the eyes, and makes the eyes brighter and clearer.
Good to combine with a head and neck, or full body massage.
Consultation is necessary, and treatment is given by an experienced ayurvedic physician.