Shalakya Tantra is the branch of Ayurveda which deals with ailments above the neck. Sreedhareeyam specializes in Shalakya Tantra, and especially Netra Ckitsa (Treatment of Eye Diseases) aided by the extensive knowledge that was handed down in the family through centuries and polished with clinical experience. All the doctors here are professionally qualified, but at the same time, enriched with the traditional collection of knowledge scriptures in Nellikkattu Mana. All the medicines and treatment methods are constantly evaluated by the continuous research and clinical study centres, which subsequently perfected the methods in use.
The treatments taken are decided after identifying the diseases in the traditional way and at the same time confirmed with most modern diagnostic equipment. This reduces over-dependency on a particular system in use and results in unparalleled success in treating common and rare diseases at the same time.
There are special treatment procedures as prescribed in Shalakya Tantra for the treatment of the organs of head and neck. They include Nasyam, Dhoomapanam, Gandoosham, Kabalam, Shirodhara, Shirovasthi, Anjanam, Tharpanam, Pratisaranam etc. Ayurvedic ophthalmology is seen to be highly effective in many degenerative ailments as well as infectious diseases. There are several methods advised in the classical textbooks of Ayurveda regarding proper care and prophylactic measurements for eyes.
The Ayurvedic texts of Sushrut Samhita, Charak Samhita and Ashtang Hruday have given a detailed description of shalakya tantra. It offers a detailed study of aetiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases that affect organs above the neck. According to the texts, there are about 76 diseases pertaining to the eyes, whereas the ears are prone to 25 different kinds of ailments. The nose can be affected by as many as 18 diseases, while the lips are easily susceptible to 11 types of diseases. Shalakya tantra finds a remedy for all such diseases. Shalakya Tantra is not only concerned with the immediate treatment of the ailments but also with the follow-up treatment, in order to ensure that the disease is uprooted and eliminated. Therefore, it proves to be one of the most effective methods of treating the ailments related to the upper portion of the body, above the neck.
The whole spectrum of eye-diseases is treated at Sreedhareeyam. All the 72 eye diseases mentioned in Ayurveda are treated here. They include the diseases that affect the Cornea, Eyelids, Optic nerves and the Retina. Every Year Sreedhareeyam treats about 52,000 Out-patients and around 4800 In-patients.