Netra Tarpana: Eye Dough Dam
Netra Tarpana is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy to nourish and strengthen the eyes. Netra Tarpana is often recommended for conditions such as dry eyes, eye allergy, glaucoma, watery eyes, conjunctivitis, eye strain, and other various types of eye weakness or inflammation.
A circular dam (donut shaped) made of Urad Dal flour mixed with water is placed around the eyes. Ghee that has been gently warmed to body temperature is poured into the dam around the eyes. The muscles around the eyes relax and soften and the patient is encouraged to open and close the eyes several times, looking through the golden lens of ghee and allowing it to penetrate the tissues of the eye. Ghee is made from organic butter that has been cooked until the milk solids separate, then are strained. In Ayurvedic medicine, Ghee is considered an extremely healing substance of benefit to the eyes.
After the Ghee has been allowed to penetrate the eyes, it is drained out of the dough dam which is then removed from the patient's eyes. Warm moist towels are used over the face to simultaneously allow the skin to absorb ghee and remove any excess. The ghee is removed from the eyes by wafting turmeric and sage smoke towards the eyes while the patient blinks. This encourages the eyes to secrete a small amount of tears and clears the vision. After the herbal smoking is complete, rosewater eye drops are introduced to cool and balance the eyes.
Rest and hydration are strongly recommended after this therapy.
60 Minute Therapy: $95