Herbs to improve the Eyes

Herbs and the Eyes

Better sight, clearer eyes, clearing floaters, brighter eyes, flushing tear ducts

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Heathy Eyes is Healthy Eating

The good news is that there are no foods that are harmful for your eyes. But in the long run to keep your eyes healthy you need to eat healthily as part of your routine. Most foods don't directly affect your eyesight at all, although foods with the right vitamins and minerals are helpful. Recent studies show that vitamins of the antioxidant group can prevent, or at least slow down, age-related conditions of the eyes, like macular degeneration and the development of cataracts. Read more about antioxidants. The very best plant for your eye health is curly kale. If you have eye problems eat plenty of kale; if you have serious eye problems juice kale with carrots and billberry. Kale is the best natural source of lutein. Lower strength sources are spinach, peas, zuccini and sprouts. L-caritine has been found to be important in preventing and treating cateracts. The best natural source is beef (very high value); lower sources of L-carnitine are milk, cod, chicken, cheese.
Vitamins C, A and E, folic acid, selenium and zinc are definitely the most beneficial for the health of your eyes. The effects of the other vitamins and minerals aren't determined yet, but it seems likely that they affect your eyesight as well. A wide range of vits, minerals and elements are essential for health, find out about a herbal powder that has hundreds of micro-elements essential for health. And add a carrot, an apple and a some bilberries to your lunch box.

Your eyes were formed by light

When you read or work on the computer make sure that the light is right. It is a common knowledge that working with poor light can cause eyestrain, but light that is too bright can do as much damage. It is recommended that you keep your blinds down on sunny days and switch off unnecessary household lights, if possible. The best lighting for working on the computer is daylight, or a soft desk light, coming from the side. If you work long hours on the computer, try decreasing the brightness of your monitor. The colours won't be so vivid, but your eyes will feel more relaxed by the end of the day. Your eyes evolved with light (fish in deep, dark seas where there is no light lose their sight and go blind), so feed your eyes with daylight by going for a walk in nature every day to see the different shades of green and the colours of flowers: your eyes will love it!

There are herbal medicines that are specific for the health of the eyes

There are medicinal herbs that are specifically applicable for eye malfunctions and eye disorders including vision difficulties, conjunctivitis, cateracts, iritis, corneal problems, macular degeneration, eye injuries, sight degeneration (presbyopia), eye pain, glaucoma, styes, blepharitis, including bacterial and fungal infections of the eyes. Included in SeeMore Tonic are some traditional and many scientifically discovered herbs that have been found clinically beneficial for these conditions. The combination of medicinal herbs such as these act on the optic nerve, the blood capillaries nourishing the eyes, the lymph that washes the eyes and the immune system that protects the eyes. Such a tonic would include Herbactive leaf (asplenium) for floaters and capillary infusion of the optic area, atractylodes, jumingzi, juhua morifolium, golden thread, dodder seed, euphrasia, rhatony, yellow melilot, kudzu vine root, myrobalan fruits, billberry, yucca, spirulina, belladonna (still used by ophthalmologists as a mydriatic), elderberry and fupenzi. It may be of interest that the drug pilocarpine used for glaucoma comes from a herb called Pilocarpus japorandi known to reduce ocular pressure and used for glaucoma, detached retina, and other eye disorders.

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Here's my special smoothie to enhance your eyesight and eye health
Optimum Eye Health Green Smoothie
Put in your Optimum blender (or any blender):
1 cup orange juice (or apple juice)
2 cups of curly kale
1/4 cup fresh black currents
1/4 cup fresh bilberries
1-2 whole fresh carrots
1/2 an apple
1/2 cup fresh garden peas
1/2 an orange
1/2 an avocado
1Tbsp almonds
1/2 Tbsp cashews
Blend on high for 30-45 seconds.
See if you don't love that!

(if you've made too much put it in a container in the freezer for later)

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Our herbal tonic medicines are carefully prepared on a personal and individual basis for your healing by medical herbalist Alan Hopking MA MNIMH FINEH.

Only whole herbs are used in our herbal medicines. Nothing else is added. If you have symptoms which you consider might be helped with herbal medicine please contact herbal practitioner Alan Hopking for a friendly confidential professional consultation. See terms and fees.

Once you have received your herbal prescription you can contact Alan Hopking at any time for more free advice (preferably by email). When you have completed your bottle of herbal medicine and if you want a repeat prescription you are requested to phone or email so that your progress can be assessed and adjustments made if necessary so that there is no break in your treatment. To order or re-order, click here.

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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK

• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.


Pregnant/Breast-feeding mothers

Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Volatile Oils

Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.


A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.

Breast-feeding mothers

A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.

Paediatric Use

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.

Perioperative use

The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK


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