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Akshitarpana (Netrabasti) Nethrakarma (eye treatment)

Akshitarpana is one among the netrakriyakalpa (treatments for eyes).The phrase Akshitarpana (also called Netrabasti) is from Sanskrit where Akshi refers to eyes (Netra=eyes) and tarpana stands for nourishment (basti= retaining something inside). Akshitarpana is an eye care treatment and rejuvenation program in Ayurveda.


  • The person is made to lie down over back on the Droni (massage table)
  • The dough ring prepared out of blackgram is applied around the eyeball
  • The medicated ghee (depending upon the disease) is made lukewarm (around 27 degree Celsius)
  • The ghee is poured into the cavity with the eyes closed, till it covers the eyelashes
  • The person is instructed to blink the eyes in between the procedure
  • At the end of the procedure, the ghee and the ring are removed; eyes are wiped with cotton swab
  • Netradhara/netraseka is done as a cleansing procedure
  • The person is made to sniff the medicated smoke with closed eyes
  • He is advised to avoid bright light soon after the procedure

Duration of the treatment

30 minutes


  • In Vata and pitta aggravated conditions
  • Improves the vision
  • Cataract
  • Night blindness
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Refractive errors
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Computer eye syndrome
  • Burning sensation of eyes
  • Removes dark circles under the eyes
  • Revitalizes and rejuvenates tired, dry, rough and injured eyes
  • Strengthens the nerves and muscles of the eyes