Eyelid diseases: a comparison of sushruta’s description with modern ophthalmology

Ruby Kumar and Manoj Kumar

A big part of Indian traditional medical knowledge, the Ayurveda, remains limited to the geographical boundaries of its origin due to the fact that the Ayurvedic literature is written in an ancient language (Sanskrit) and style. The principles and practices of Ayurveda are not easily intelligible to modern mind as they are the product of very different time and culture. Ancient Ayurvedic literature needs to be translated and explained in such a way that it becomes readily comprehensible to modern mind so that it can be utilized to develop new approaches to health and diseases. In this paper, the work of Sushruta (famous authority on Ayurvedic surgery who lived about 1000-800 BC) on twenty-one eyelid diseases is translated, explained and correlated with the diseases described in modern ophthalmology so that the reader can have a better understanding of Ayurvedic approach to these diseases.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/ijcar.2017.5700.0781
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