Yoga for Eye Burning, Itching And Discharge

By Patricia | December 2, 2008
Yoga For Itching/Burning Eyes

Firstly you ought to find out the exact reasons for your eye burning, itching and discharge. Yoga is not a wonder drug or magic spell that can diagnose and treat a condition. It is imperative that you visit a doctor at least for a diagnosis. Do you have a history of eye infections? The commonest causes of eye burning and itching accompanied or followed by discharge are.

  • Allergies: These include seasonal allergies and hay-fever
  • Viral infections
  • Chemical pollutants (these include makeup, industrial pollutants and chlorine in swimming pools)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Other environmental irritants (including smog and secondhand cigarette smoke)

However you must contact your doctor immediately if:

  • You have thick or yellow-greenish discharge resembling pus
  • In case the eye pain or light-sensitivity is excessive
  • Your vision gets blurred

Yoga Therapy For Eye Burning, Itching And Discharge

  • Try applying cold compresses. This will definitely help soothe the burning and itching as well as help cleanse your eyes
  • If your eyelids have developed a coating or crust gently wash them with a baby shampoo. Alternately a cotton applicator will help cleanse the crusts. You can also soften them, gently, with warm compresses.
  • Artificial tears, such as Antihistamine drops – bought from a pharmacy – may be used 3 - 5 times daily. These not only relieve the symptoms, but also serve to cleanse the eyes. At all costs stay away from over the counter (OTC) eye drops as they will, only worsen your condition.
  • Splash cool water into your eyes two to three times a day. Alternately fill a bucket or basin with water. Now take a deep breath and immerse your face in the water and blink as often as you can. Repeat this 5 – 6 times twice a day, preferably, morning and evening.

In addition, try these practices on a regular basis:

Trataka (Fixed Gazing)

You can either do this gazing at the flame of a candle, diya (oil lamp), or at a fixed, stationary object such as an unlit candle or your thumb. The point is to gaze fixedly. For best results, try practicing on the flame of a candle.

  • Light a candle in a windless room and place at your eye level
  • Gaze at it without blinking for as long as you can. If you blink, don’t let it deter you from continuing to gaze at the flame.
  • After around 30 seconds, shut your eyes.
  • Now rub the palms of your hands, firmly but not too vigorously, enough to warm them.
  • Now cup your eyes with your palms, don’t place the flat of your palms on your eyes.
  • Repeat this two to three times.

Do this daily for a few weeks and, together with the 4 tips suggested earlier, you are bound to notice good results. It would also help you to watch your diet. Try and avoid spice and greasy foods and too much non-vegetarian foods. Stick, rather, to a Sattvic (pure and simple) vegetarian diet low on spice, oil and salt, rich in fresh fruit, salads and sparely cooked vegetables.

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