Q: Is there anything in the yogic way of life to remedy dry eyes?
Sadhguru: We must make you cry! Generally, when most people complain of dry eyes, the eyes are not totally dry, they are just going through a certain amount of dryness. If there has been a surgery or some serious damage that makes it irreparable, then you will have to use something like tear drops that are available in the pharmacy. But if this is not the case and the eyes have not been through serious damage, there are other ways to do it.
There are kriyas in yoga through which you can activate your tear glands, but the best thing that you could do is to use ash gourd. This is a vegetable that is generally referred to as winter melon in the United States. It is a greenish-grey vegetable, which has a dusty ash color on it. If you wipe it, it comes off on your hands, which is why it is referred to as an ash gourd. If you grate it, it is very juicy. Water just flows out of it. You can take this grating when it is dripping with its juice, and put a heap of it on your eyes and lie down for 10 minutes. Then take it off and wash with cold water. This will help.
Editor’s Note: More of Sadhguru’s wisdom on health and wellbeing can be found here.