The word Netra Basti is from Sanskrit Netra=eyes and tarpana stands for nourishment (basti= retaining something inside).
- This procedure is popularly called as kriyakalpa for eye diseases in Ayurveda. Kriyakalpa literally means treatment.
- Akshitarpana is an eye care treatment and rejuvenation program in Ayurveda.
- This is ideally prescribed after a course of a body detox program preferably, Virechana (therapeutic purgation) and a course of Nasyam (nasal instillation of medicated drops
- The person is made to lie down over back on the therapy table
- The dough ring prepared out of blackgram is applied around the eyeball
- The medicated ghee is made lukewarm
- The ghee is poured into the cavity with the eyes closed,till it covers the eyelashes.
- The person is instructed to blink the eyes
- At the end of the procedure the ghee and the ring are removed; eyes are wiped with cotton swab
- The person is made to sniff the herbalsmoke (dhoomapana ) with closed eyes
- He is advised to avoid bright light soon after the procedure
- Duration of the treatment: 30 minutes
- Balances Vata and pitta doshas.
- Improves the vision
- Removes dark circles under the eyes.
- Revitalizes and rejuvenates tired, dry , rough and injured eyes
- Strengthens the nerves and muscles of the eyes
- Removes eye strain due to constant glaring of the computer or television screen;
- eye strain due to precision jobs like jewelers, designing; long distance drive
- Burning in the eyes
- Dry eye syndrome
- Chronic conjunctivitis
- Pain in the eyes
- Watering and cloudiness of eyes
- Night blindness
- Corneal ulcers
- Refractive errors of the eyes.
- Early stages of retinitis pigmentosa
- Early stages of retinopathy