Chinese Tibetan MedicineTibetan medicine has a unique way of dealing with the eyes. It is claimedthat the eye can be divided into four palaces, namely, the Bone Palace thatprotects the eye from external danger; the Fat Palace, a white wheel tissue thatprotects the eyeball; the Queen Palace of the Pupil in the form of a bee hive and a thin membrane transparent like a crystal mirror; and the Water Palace in the middle of the eye, full of transparent fluid.
The etiology of eye disorder includes immoderate diets, daily life, causing abnormality of the blood and mkhris pa. The disorders are of 2 types, cold and heat. Heat type eye disorders are mainly caused by over-consumption of onion, garlic, sour wine, and decayed flesh, resulting in excessive mkhris pa in the blood; the cold type is mainly due to immoderate eating in general leading to exuberant badkan and rlung Disease.
Eye disorders come in five kinds, eye palpebra, trachoma (sandy eyes), nebula,blurring, and cataract (eye barrier).
Palpebral disorder: caused by affected rlung manifested by lachrymation,with a gritty sensation like sand in the eyes; secretion of purulent mucus or even blood may occur. In case mkhris pa is affected, the eyes will be reddened and painful, with itching and sometimes erosion and pus; when the blood is affected, the eye pain is severe, with a small rash distributed over the whole area; when badkan is affected, there are white spots in the eye, and, although not very painful, the palpebra are stuck together by mucus; when the three elements of flung, mkhris pa, and badkan are all affected, the eyelashes curl back and the eyes become swollen; burning pain, lachrymation and dilatation of the pupil may also occur.
There are two kinds of trachoma (sandy eye), namely damp and dry. Dry trachoma manifests itself in dry eyes, with burning and astringent pain, lachrymation when facing the wind; damp trachoma manifests itself in photophobia, burning pain, and lachrymation when facing wind.
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