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Using Chinese Herbs for Glaucoma

written by: MandaSpring • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 10/21/2009

Glaucoma is a common eye disorder that affects many people. There are natural treatments for glaucoma including Chinese herbs that can help heal this condition.

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    When discussing the natural treatments for glaucoma Chinese herbs will often come up. Glaucoma is a degenerative eye disorder that is quite common in aging individuals. It develops due to a blockage of the flow from the aqueous humor. Pressure begins to build because of the blockage and without treatment there will be severe and irreversible damage.

    In herbal Chinese medicine there are three primary categories which are separated by the action of each herb which include draining dampness, clearing heat and nourishing yin. There are a number of various formulas based on specific needs. Each will have a combination of the following herbs from each category. The amounts will vary from each formula so advice should be obtained through a Chinese herbalist that can address specific concerns and symptoms.

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    Draining Dampness

    • hoelen

    • atractylodes

    • polyporus

    • alisma

    • pinellia

    • bamboo

    • plantago seed

    • arisaema

    • platycodon

    • citrus

    • chih-shih

    Clearing Heat

    • bupleurum

    • antelope horn

    • gardenia

    • chrysanthemum

    • moutan

    • prunella

    • mentha

    • peony

    • vitex

    Nourishing Yin

    • lyceum fruit

    • cornus

    • rehmannia

    It is important to remember that in herbal medicine it is more effective to use a combination of various herbs. Rarely is only one herb used especially for serious conditions such as this.

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    Other Natural Treatments for Glaucoma

    There are other herbs that also strengthen the capillaries in the eyes while enhancing and optimizing vision. Some of these more common herbs are bilberry, aspalathus linearis and sutherlandia frutescens. Through these ingredients antioxidants are also provided.

    It is important that when starting a regiment of herbal and other natural treatments for glaucoma that a sufferer first finds out if the herbal extracts, or decoctions are to be put on the eye topically or consumed. Learning about the ways to administer the treatments is essential to their efficacy.

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