Anjana Kriya (also called applying collyrium) is an Ayurvedic therapeutic treatment for various types of ophthalmic diseases, but it’s also recommended as a preventive measure against various eye disorders. It’s also thought that applying Anjana Kriya makes one’s vision clearer.
Anjana Kriya involves applying a medicated herbal paste or powder to the inner side of lower eyelid, either with the fingertips or with an eyeliner tool. In the ancient Ayurveda scriptures it was recommended as a daily regime, that is, part of the Dinacharya routine.
Depending on the Doshas that need to be appeased or enforced, or depending on what therapeutic result one wants to achieve, different types of herbs may be used. Anjana Kriya should be applied in the morning and in the evening (but not in the night during sleep time).
Categorized by the form of how Anjana medication can be obtained there are three types: Gutika (pills), Raskriya (semi-solid, like a salve or cream), and Churna (powder).
Categorized by the action of the Anjana medication there are also three types recognized: Lekhana Anjana (draining excessive Doshas), Ropana Anjana (healing), and Prasadana Anjana (purifying and pacifying).