Fact Check: Does Ghee massage around the eyes improve vision?

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Quick Take

A lot of social media users and business centers like SPAs etc. claim that massaging ghee around your eyes, temples, behind ears etc. or putting a few drops of ghee in your eyes will help improve vision. We fact-checked and found that the claim is false.

The Claim

From putting ghee in your eyes to massage it around your eyes, ears, or temples – the claims around this are multiple. Some of these claims can be seen here, here, and here. A screenshot is given below.

Fact Check

What is Ghee?

Ghee is a kind of clarified butter prepared in very low heat. It has been a part of Indian cuisine for ages and also found mentions in ancient texts of alternative medicines.

Does massaging ghee improve vision?

No. There is no scientific evidence about ghee massaging ghee can lead to improvement of vision. Experts do not agree with the claim too.

Dr. Naveen Gupta

Dr. Naveen Gupta, DNB (Opthalmology) says, “Applying ghee can only work as a moisturizing agent preventing dryness on the skin, there’s no relation between applying ghee and improving eyesight. Rather eating ghee can be beneficial. Vitamin A from dairy products including Ghee can be beneficial for maintaining the health of the retinal cells.”

Dr. Aftab Alam

Eye Surgeon Dr. Aftab Alam, MBBS, DO (Ophthalmology) agrees, “There is no evidence of ghee massaging leading to any improvement in vision.”

Ayurveda has considered ghee to be a superfood for ages. In recent days, researchers have studied the effects of consuming ghee on various aspects of our health. Though there had been no particular research on has shown that ghee massaging has many health benefits, we decided to reach out to a specialist.

Dr. Sushma

Dr. Sushma, MD (Ayurveda) and Research Officer, Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda says, “There is a concept of Ghee massage in Ayurveda. But, it is difficult to make a general statement like ghee massage can improve your vision. Ghee massage, in Ayurveda, is suggested as a part of a larger eye treatment schedule where the massage is done by an expert to improve the strength of external ocular muscles. But it must be remembered that the decision and process of this are always expert-driven. It is not an ‘anybody-can-do’ home remedy for any eye disease or vision loss.”

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Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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