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Natural Medicine Keeps Your Eyes Healthy

Updated on September 25, 2014

Dr. Marc Grossman is one of the leading eye specialists in the field of holistic medicine, author of many books on this subject and lecturer on the topic of natural vision improvement, relationship between vision and nutrition, psycho-emotional aspects of the condition of the eyes, and integrative visual association of eye problems with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
In this text, I give you the view of Dr. Grossman on treating vision problems naturally, and maintaining your eyes healthy, which is the most important thing for people with bad vision.

Traditional medicine in the treatment of vision
Traditional medicine in the treatment of vision

The Traditional Chinese Medicine in treating eyesight

"Conventional medicine does not correct the core problem, and is oriented on the elimination of symptoms, and a similar approach is applied with eye diseases and damaged vision. And, what about the prevention, education and rehabilitation?" Asks Dr. Grossman.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example, do not ask questions like "if X causes Y," but examine the link between these two, and the eye is viewed as an "extension" of the brain tissue, which reflects current thinking and feeling. One person functions on several levels: emotional, physical and spiritual, and the setting of therapy must pay attention to all three.
In myopia, for example, the brain receives a signal that "if we decided to work in front a computer for the whole day, we need to give something in return," and that something is out good eyesight on distance.
High eye pressure may be one of the three symptoms for the diagnosis of glaucoma, but by itself, with preserved visual field and healthy optic nerve - does not equate with glaucoma.
However, the eye pressure must be maintained within certain limits of normal. Still, many people are now talking about "drops to lower intraocular pressure" rather than on prevention. A lot of everyday life can help.
A person, who wants to improve eyesight on a natural way, should pay attention to the following factors.

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Stress

As early as 1,818 year, researchers associated stress with the development of glaucoma. It was also demonstrated that the majority of patients with glaucoma are perfectionists, nervous, anxious, and hypersensitive individuals.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, glaucoma is associated with the liver meridian, and the corresponding emotion is anger or frustration, so it is expected that patients with glaucoma tend to suppress anger, which in fact, should feel in essence.
Here it is recommended meditation, Tai Chi, and psychotherapy, as well as the inevitable smile on the face.

Smoking

This harmful habit should definitely be avoided because smoking doubles the incidence of eye disease and reduces the quality of the blood circulation.

Physical activity

Patients with glaucoma who dedicate five days a week on fast walking, for a period of three months will reduce eye pressure by approximately 2.5 mm. With physical activity, the level of oxygen in the body cells is rapidly growing. A higher level of oxygen improves blood circulation and lymph flow of blood, and accelerates the detoxification of the body.
From the standpoint of traditional Chinese medicine, eye problems show that there is stagnant energy in the body, and physical activity is a solution for its "moving."

Eye exercises for vision improvement

Eye exercises

Eye exercises for relaxation were well known to people even hundred years before. One of them was Dr. William Bates, an American physician who practiced ophthalmology and developed what became known as the Bates Method for better eyesight, an educational method intended to improve vision by undoing a supposed habitual strain to see.
Bates also practiced exercises well described in modern programs for restoring vision naturally; there are few good programs, which the holistic eyesight industry is highly recommending.

Hijiki and seaweed are good for eyes
Hijiki and seaweed are good for eyes

Healthy diet regime

Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. More than 25% of the nutrients that are absorbed from food are used by the system of vision.
The recommended diet includes: integrated grains such as brown rice, millet and buckwheat; sea vegetables such as red algae, Hijiki seaweed and Nori, because they are rich in minerals, fresh fruits and vegetables such as kale, spinach, which contain lutein, and carotenoids of great importance for preserving the health of the macula and optic lens.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, half an hour before meals or at least 2 hours later, but avoid drinking water during meals, as well as the consumption of sugar, fried foods, alcohol, and coffee. A daily intake of certain supplements can also be used for better vision:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) 200 mg
  • Vitamin C 3000 mg
  • 100 mg of Coenzyme Q10
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids 500 - 1500 mg,

However, the emphasis is always on a natural introduction of these nutrients.
Here are a few useful advices summarized from previous:

  1. Do not focus the view on one place over a long time. Do not stare, and look into the distance from time to time. Try to move the eyes.
  2. Be exposed at least 20 minutes per day to a natural sunlight.
  3. Stop smoking!
  4. Less sugar in the diet. The sugars actually devastate organism of nutrients needed for eye health.
  5. Avoid alcohol because it causes stress on the liver, where vitamin A is processed.

Ayurveda

According Vasant Lad, Director of Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, caffeine consumption may be harmful to people with glaucoma because it increases pressure within the eyeball (intraocular pressure, or IOP). Dr. Vasant Lad teaches us that the Indian herb called Punarnava helps in minimizing the collection of coffee and slowly releases the pressure.
For the treatment of glaucoma in the early stages, Dr. Lad recommends to prepare a tea with one teaspoon of Punarnava in a cup of warm water, and wait for two minutes. Then drink this tea two or three times a day, but in consultation with your doctor.

Techniques of self-regulation

There is a certain optimism regarding the reduction of intraocular pressure and control of open angle glaucoma with the use of biofeedback and techniques to relax. Decreases in blood pressure and heart rate can be achieved in this way indicating the potential efficacy of non-medical and nonsurgical treatments.

Reflexology

Particular attention should be paid to the reflex points on both feet, which correspond to the eyes, throat, neck, kidneys, and diaphragm. The methods are well described by American reflexologist Dwight C. Byers, author of "Better health with foot reflexology.

Acupressure

Acupressure, due to the power to establish a balance of "vital" or "chi" energy, is very desirable, in the treatment of eye, and once displayed correctly, can be practiced by the patient himself.

Acupressure face massage
Acupressure face massage

Sound Therapy

Listening relaxing music, 20 to 40 minutes a day can help in lowering eye pressure, says Janalea Hoffman, R.M.T, a composer and music therapist from Missouri.

"Magic Eye Beyond 3D: Improve Your Vision" by Dr. Marc Grossman

Conclusion

Traditional methods for eyesight improvement are successfully hidden by the modern medicine! That is the way how eyecare industry is making profits, by selling eye glasses, and contact lenses, and laser services which have their own bad side.

Educate yourself before doing anything with your vision. Many people recovered their vision with the help of natural treatment. Can you?

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      Darko Atanasov 2 years ago from Skopje

      Thanks @Elena and @Mio!

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      mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay

      This is very interesting information you present, which I gad payed no attention before, but being that I have some sight issues i am going to look into it .voted up shared etc.

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      Elena Minova 2 years ago from Skopje

      Good tips by Dr. Grossman on improving eyesight naturally. I will try to follow most of them to keep my eyes healthy.