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CLINICAL RESEARCH
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 391-395

Clinical efficacy of Ayurvedic management in computer vision syndrome: A pilot study


1 Professor and Head, Department of Shalakya Tantra, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
2 Lecturer, Department of Shalakya, Tantra, SRM Goverment Ayurvedic College, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Department of Shalakya Tantra, Rajiv Gandhi Government PG Ayurveda College, Paprola, Himachal Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Kartar Singh Dhiman
Head, Shalakya Tantra Department, I.P.G.T. and R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar - 361008, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.108831

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Improper use of sense organs, violating the moral code of conduct, and the effect of the time are the three basic causative factors behind all the health problems. Computer, the knowledge bank of modern life, has emerged as a profession causing vision-related discomfort, ocular fatigue, and systemic effects. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the new nomenclature to the visual, ocular, and systemic symptoms arising due to the long time and improper working on the computer and is emerging as a pandemic in the 21 st century. On critical analysis of the symptoms of CVS on Tridoshika theory of Ayurveda, as per the road map given by Acharya Charaka, it seems to be a Vata-Pittaja ocular cum systemic disease which needs systemic as well as topical treatment approach. Shatavaryaadi Churna (orally), Go-Ghrita Netra Tarpana (topically), and counseling regarding proper working conditions on computer were tried in 30 patients of CVS. In group I, where oral and local treatment was given, significant improvement in all the symptoms of CVS was observed, whereas in groups II and III, local treatment and counseling regarding proper working conditions, respectively, were given and showed insignificant results. The study verified the hypothesis that CVS in Ayurvedic perspective is a Vata-Pittaja disease affecting mainly eyes and body as a whole and needs a systemic intervention rather than topical ocular medication only.


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