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AYURVEDIC DRUGS USED IN DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

Dr. Nidhi Garg* and Dr. Akhil Jain

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Diabetes Mellitus is a common metabolic disorder in which there is high blood sugar level over a prolonged period and occurs in one of two forms: Type1 or Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) and Type2 or Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM). Diabetic retinopathy is most common and serious complication of Diabetes and changes in the retina are observed by 10 years of Diabetes history or even earlier due to modified lifestyle in present era. This disease results in generalized macro and micro vascular complications linked to glycaemic control and affect theses resulting in poor vision or even blindness. Despite of better understanding of its pathogenesis, satisfactory treatment is yet to be established. Ayurveda is well recognized for its role in preventing the disease, but as such no description is available in text which clarifies the progression of Prameha to loss of vision. So Ayurvedic treatment purely lies on the basis to pacify the pathological changes which occurs in eye as a result of diabetes according to modern parameters. This paper reviews the pathophysiology of diabetic retinopathy with a view to understand therapeutic target and discusses the possible role of ayurveda in its management.

Keywords: Diabetic Retinopathy, Diabetic Mellitus, Exudates, Hemorrhages.


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