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ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
QUESTION
: I have been searching for a source for a plant called "Hog Moss Plant". The Amish people use this plant for curing cataracts.

I searched Google with no results. I haven't found an Herb Company that knows of it.  I'm wondering if it is actually a weed of some sort and the weed is called "Hog Moss" by the Amish.

ANSWER First allow me to say that The only real treatment for cataracts is surgical intervention.

I believe what may be happening here is that you have been given a "local" name for Iceland Moss, and what it treats is catarrh which is a disorder of inflammation of the mucous membranes.  Other than that, I am at a loss. If you find out what this "Hog Moss" is, please let us know.

QUESTION: I am seeking information for my Mother, she has been dealing with Glaucoma for awhile now, she had surgery on one eye and it was successful but they do not want to do the other eye.  I have heard great things about using Frankincense around the eyes, on eyelids and rubbed on palms covering eyes, with eyes open for 5 minutes. Do you know anything about this treatment? Should she use her drops as well as this treatment, she doesn't do well with the drops. Is this something that should be continued through her life or just until her levels increase?  Also my Father was diagnosed with throat cancer and I also heard Frankincense is being recognized as a cancer treatment, what do you know about this? What dosage and how often?

ANSWER: Actually the verdict on why Frankincense may help with glaucoma is still out. we just don't really know why, but it seems many folks have gotten positive results. 

My first suggestion is that you consult with your eye doctor before attempting any new therapy. 

If you do plan to engage on this I would recommend that you find the highest quality Frankincense you can find. Silver comes to mind as a good quality. The lighter the color the better. 

A good combination may be 5 drops of essential oil of Frankincense and 5 drops of essential oil of Lavender diluted in 1 tablespoon of Hemp oil. 

Before eliminating the drops please consult with her doctor. He may allow you a few days to try the new treatment. 

Frankincense has been used since Biblical times for its healing properties.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is principally used for its Qi regulating properties. A great formula for this is called Qi Li San.  No doubt, this ancient prescription provided the inspiration for the 20th century formula Yunnan Bai Yao, an aromatic blend that is currently the most famous injury remedy in Asia. 

Although not really recognized as a cancer treatment, current thought is that one of the 17 active agents in frankincense essential oil may be the one effective in treating certain cancers. 

Frankincense is only taken internally in certain TCM and Ayurvedic formulas, otherwise it is only used externally. For that purpose your Dad may want to massage the throat area with 2 drops of essential oil of Frankincense, 5 drops of essential oil of Chamomile diluted in 2 teaspoons of Almond, Hemp, or vegetable oil. 

I suggest that both mom and dad follow a healthy diet and a low-level exercise regimen. Avoid red meats, pork, white sugar, all dairy and all fried foods.  They should enhance their diet with plenty of fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits, brown rice, fresh garlic and onions, plenty of fiber and grains. they should stick to fresh fish, salmon and mackerel are great for Omega-3, chicken, turkey and Cornish hen. 

They both should consume Green tea 3xs day. Sweeten only with a bit of honey. Adding a few drops per cup of tincture of Dandelion to these would be perfect to clear out toxins, as well adding 5 drops per cup of tincture of Astragalus would certainly be of great help to supplement their immune system. 

There have been positive results dealing with glaucoma with a medication named Marinol, it does have some side-effects, and does not always work well.  Far healthier and safer have been the studies using Cannabis as a treatment alternative. If living in California, I suggest you consult with your physician and obtain his professional and open-minded opinion as to this option.

 

ANSWERS FROM AMANDA:
QUESTION
: I have an inflamed optic nerve that is severely restricting my vision in my right eye.  After a thorough exam, the retina specialist that I went to had no answer except to try steroids or an aspirin a day!   There is no pain, and no other symptoms.  I have been taking blue green algae and I have been to my chiropractor to remove nerve interference, but I see no movement in my condition.  Any suggestions?

ANSWER: Inflamed nerves may respond to anti-inflammatory herbs such as St. Johnswort and Licorice, along with specifics for healthy vision such as the antioxidant Bilberry leaf, You might try combining these as liquids extracts: 1 part St. Johnswort extract with 1 part Bilberry leaf extract and 1/4 part Licorice extract. Mix well, take 1/2 teaspoon three times a day for a month. To get to the reason your optic nerve is inflamed will require professional help. Depending on the cause, you may also benefit from following the Bates method of improving vision. You can search locally in your area to find qualified people who can help you with this simple and effective technique for improving your eyesight.

ANSWERS FROM LORYHL:
QUESTION: I have constant discharge from my eyes, the right is worst.  it feels like soft matter with occasional grit and it seems to be going worse. I have been prescribed eye drops for lubrication with no positive effect.  I want something that will eliminate this condition.  Thank You.

ANSWER: The problem could be for many reasons, the most common being infestation of Candida albicans, irritants from a factory or lifestyle, or some other toxic substance.  It is most likely a combination, with main reason being toxin, ie: in the body, like candida, or some other low level infection, or infestation. 
             Please read the downloads, on diet, cleansing, the use of herbs and foods, and if you are interested, I will tell you what to wash your eyes with, and herbs for the liver, as eye and liver are related in health. You will need to rid your body of the toxin, in order to solve the problem, knowing your blood type would also be helpful, age and what your diet is like.

QUESTION:  Are there herbs or vitamins that I can take to help my eyesight?  I have been to the MD who says I do not have eye diseases but my vision is decreasing.  I'm 58 and have worn contacts since age 18.

ANSWER: Like a car that needs a tune up and a cleaning so does your body!  Look at the downloads, and clean yourself out, and take the following herbs, for the rest of your life:
- pure, bilberry fruit, 3 capsules, 2 or three times daily
- gingko biloba, 3 capsules, two times daily
- COQ10, 400 mg daily, with 4000 mg Ester C, daily
- eat lots of whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, and pure water, exercise, and get acupuncture, for your eyes, also
      Let us know if we can supply some of our great blends for you, and to make sure if you have any questions, we will do our best to answer them

QUESTION: My problem is that I have a son and he is suffering from high myopia.  His glass numbers for both his eyes is 14.00.  Iím very stressed when I heard that the numbers will keep on increasing until he reaches the age of 20 years.  Iím also afraid whether he might lose his vision but I have full faith in my God.  Thatís why I think that God has shown me your path.  Please help my son improve his vision.

ANSWER:  I suggest you do the gall bladder flush with your son, to remove toxinS, and improve the quality of his inner tissue, including the eyes. I suggest raw carrot juice, one to two glasses daily. Pure bilberry fruit, 3 pills, 3 times daily, COQ10, 100 mg pills, 4 per day, 2000 mg Ester C, daily. Fresh fruit and veggies, not much red meat, and organic, or wild caught if possible.

QUESTION: I've read online that people taking certain herbs to cleanse their body have noticed their eyes lightening in color. have you ever heard of this happening and is it possible? I'd love to have lighter eyes so.. :)

ANSWER: I have seen what you are talking about. When a person has toxins and imbalance in the body, and they do a flush, or a cleanse, the eye colour can change. Perhaps it will get lighter, or it will become a clearer colour, or even change from a green to a grey to a blue, as the body is healed. This study of the eye , according to the body, and what it says is called iridology.  Please read the suggested cleansing program, and take a look at it so that you can decide what you would like to do.  Depending on your age, and how much your body needs to cleanse will be indicative of what herbs to use while you cleanse. If you would give me some more info, I could assist you further.  Your eyes may or may not change colour.   It sounds like you don't care for the coulor of your eyes, if so why not, what about them is not good?

ANSWERS FROM KAREN:
FUCHS DISEASE
QUESTION: 
Do you know of any herbs or homeopathic products that can help fuch's disease?

ANSWER: You got me with that one. I had to do some research to find out what it was. As you are aware, it is a condition of the cornea. Not being an eye doctor, I think your best bet is to speak with your eye doctor and get his/her recommendations. Lutein and bilberry are the herbs I would recommend for all around eye support. There is also a group that I found that might be able to help you with more information. Here is their e-mail.    information@fuchsdystrophy.org

EYE COLOR
QUESTION: I have heard that after many years of certain herbs ( turkey rhubarb maybe) people have had their eye color changed, or cleared up or whatever. some people say that their eyes went from black to brown etc. Is this true? if so what herb do you suggest?

ANSWER: I'm not aware of any herb that will change the color of your eyes. That comes from Mom and Dad!

EYE HEALTH
QUESTION: I recently saw the website when searching for different herbs.  I am currently suffering from atrophy of the optic nerve.  I did have surgery 16 weeks ago to remove a brain tumor, and have been left with blurry vision and a loss in peripheral vision.  Mainly in my left eye, but there is some damage in the right eye also.  Is there any herbs that you feel that could help me and my condition.  The doctors say that it is a waiting game, but I would love to get my life back on track.  Thank you

ANSWER: There are a couple of herbs you can take for your eye health. Eyebright and Bilberry are two of my personal favorites. I recently had laser surgery on my eyes and take bilberry every day to aid in my healing. You can get them at any good health food store in capsules or tea form.

MACULAR DYSTROPHY
QUESTION:
 
I have been diagnosis recently with Macular Dystrophy by the Emory Eye Clinic (Emory University).  So far, I have been told there is no cure.  I heard the famous Paul Harvey advertise a nutritional vitamin called, Ocular Nutrition by  Hi-Health. I have been told that the vitamin Luten is very necessary to help
prevent blindness and in some cases this Ocular Nutrition vitamin according to Paul Harvey has patients actually seeing better. This disease has caused a major adjustment in my life.  I am a minister, administrative assistant for a large architectural and enginner firm, a floral designer and was very active in my bookclub.  Now, everything has changed...  I cannot drive to unknown areas, as well.  My question is:  Does Luten help with this disease?  And, what is the difference between the contents of Ocular Nutrition and the over the counter  drugs similar but much lower in price?  Also, one more, can I purchase Luten alone and get the same results? Thanking you in advance for any help you may have for this disease.

ANSWER:
I can't speak to the Ocular Nutrition as I'm not familiar with the product. I only deal in pure herbs, so anything that is a compound with other things wouldn't be something I'd have any experience with. I can tell you that bilberry extract over 160 mg per day, and fresh blueberries are two things you can do that are wonderful for the health of your eyes. Also Ginkgo Biloba extract and zinc can help halt the loss of vision. As always, diet plays a critical role, so you must increase your consumption of legumes, yellow vegetables, blueberries, cherries and foods rich in vitamins E and C. You should be taking a vitamin supplement of A, C, and E and Zinc every single day. In addition, beta-carotene is the best thing to take for your eyes and carrots are full of it.  It is believed that macular degeneration and dystrophy are caused by free radical damage similar to what causes cataracts. Good food and vitamins every day will help alleviate those things. You must avoid cigarette smoke, all sugars, saturated fats and foods containing fats and oils that have been subjected to heat and or exposed to the air. Yep, that means fried foods, hamburgers, lunch meats and roasted nuts. Use only olive oil and sautť your foods. But no more frying! Lastly, make sure you always wear sunglasses outside. The ultraviolet rays of the sun aren't helping your condition.

MACULAR DEGENERATION
QUESTION: My husband woke up one morning and had his vision split and distorted.  After having an MRI and then being sent to a retina specialist, it was determined he has macular degeneration (wet).  They were amazed that he woke up and had it in both eyes.  They immediately cauterized the eyes (laser surgery).  This happened about weeks ago.  He is 57 years old.  I asked about bilberry at the doctors office and they said you have to be careful because some herbs react with macular degeneration.  He also is a smoker and Beta Carotene has been known to play a part with lung cancer.  Can you advise me on what type of vitamins or herbs he can take.  Please, today I bought Ocuvite Lutein. 

ANSWER: I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. Fortunately, there are several things you can do that are healthy alternatives to anything the pharmaceutical companies may suggest. First, he should stop smoking immediately. I know that's probably a given, but external and internal toxins are one of the causes of MD, so he's making it worse by continuing to smoke. For supplements, he needs to be taking beta carotene, 2000 I.U. daily. Also, Vitamins A, C, E and Selenium. You can get this compound at the health food store. It is called ACES and is excellent. Zinc also has an excellent track record in the treatment of MD. For herbs, bilberry is excellent as is ginkgo Biloba and grape seed extract. All of these are available at your local health food store. As for foods, blueberries are rich in flavonoids and raw fruits and vegetables, especially berries, cherries and yellow veggies. Things to avoid - Smoking is at the top of the list. Next is white sugar, saturated fats and processed foods.

IMPROVING VISION
QUESTION: I 'm taking Bilberry to improve my vision. Do you have any suggestions to naturally improve vision? I am very nearsighted. I have taken hormones to start my menstrual cycle. Hopefully they help.

ANSWER: Bilberry is an excellent herb for vision as well. The increase of circulation is what benefits the eyes.  Black Cohosh and yarrow will help with your eyesight as well as your menstrual issues.  Bilberry is normally used to improve circulation. It can help reduce sugar in the blood and stimulates the urinary system, helping the bladder and the kidneys.  To bring on your normal cycle, try blue Cohosh, dong quai, ginger root, motherwort, mugwort, pennyroyal or yarrow.

ANSWERS FROM DAVID:

GLAUCOMA
QUESTION: 
  Are there any herbs for the relief and/or cure for glaucoma?

ANSWER:  The herbs have been used for Glaucoma or eye are herbs good for the eye.

Ginkgo, Latin Name: Ginkgo Biloba - Good for Glaucoma and other eye problems including circulation

Bilberry/Blueberry Fruit, Latin Name: Vaccinium sp - weak vessels integrity and increased circulation to eyes

Bugleweed, Latin Name:  Lycopus virginicus - used for bulging eyes

Elder berries, Latin Named: Sambucus nigra - increase vascular integrity and circulation, increase eyes ability to see

Gou qi zi (Lycium fruit, Wolfberry), Latin Name:Lycium chinensis - spots in eyes, floaters, excessive tearing, poor or cloudy vision, poor night vision and all conditions of the eyes such as degeneration of cateracts, diabetic retinapathy, macular degeneration, peripheral nueropathy, etc. 

Chrysanthemum, Latin Name: Chrysanthemum moriflorium - signs associated with eyes: red, painful eyes especially with a lack of tears, light sensitivity, dizziness associated with vision, cloudy vision, etc.

Nu Zhen zi, Shiny Privet, Ligustrum fruit, Latin Named: Ligustrum lucidum - Eye problems such as cataracts, retinitis, macular degeneration, poor night vision, dry, irritated, red eyes, etc.

Calendula, Pot Marigold, Latin Name: Calendula officinalis - Great for the eyes, Rich in flavanoids such as carotinoids especially luten which is specific to eyes.  Increases integrity of veins, arteries and capillaries.

Supplements suggested for eyes and Glaucoma include:

Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Beta Carotene
Mixed Carotinods
Magnesium
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Bilberry/Blueberry

In your diet choose and eat your foods by color the Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet these colors help with health.

This article was download from www.Healthwell.com .

Glaucoma

The term glaucoma describes a group of eye conditions that are usually associated with increased intraocular pressure (pressure within the eyeball). This increase in pressure can ultimately cause blindness if left untreated. In many cases, the cause of glaucoma is unknown. Because glaucoma may not cause any symptoms until it has reached an advanced and irreversible stage, regular eye exams are recommended, especially after the age of forty. Conventional medications are frequently effective in reducing intraocular pressure. Therefore, it is important for people with glaucoma to be under the care of an ophthalmologist.

Dietary changes that may be helpful: At least two older reports claimed that allergy can be a triggering factor for glaucoma.1 2 Although an association between allergy and glaucoma is not generally accepted in conventional medicine, it seems reasonable for someone with glaucoma to consult a physician to diagnose and treat possible allergies.

Nutritional supplements and other natural therapies that may be helpful: Several studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin C can significantly reduce elevated intraocular pressure in individuals with glaucoma.3 These studies used at least 2 grams per day of vitamin C, but sometimes much larger amounts were given. Higher quantities of vitamin C appeared to be more effective than smaller amounts.

Doctors often suggest that people with glaucoma take vitamin C to “bowel tolerance.”4 The bowel-tolerance level is determined by progressively increasing vitamin C intake until loose stools or abdominal pain occurs, and then reducing the amount slightly, to a level that does not cause these symptoms. The bowel-tolerance level varies considerably from person to person, usually ranging from about 5 to 20 or more grams per day. Vitamin C does not cure glaucoma and must be used continually to maintain a reduction in intraocular pressure.

Many years ago, the flavonoid rutin was reported to increase the effectiveness of conventional medication in people with glaucoma.5 The amount used—20 mg three times per day—was quite moderate. Seventeen of 26 eyes with glaucoma showed clear improvement. The effects of rutin or other flavonoids in people with glaucoma have apparently not been studied since.

Supplementing with 0.5 mg of melatonin lowered intraocular pressure of healthy people,6 but there have been no studies on the effects of melatonin in people with glaucoma.

Magnesium can act as a dilator of blood vessels. One study looked at whether magnesium might improve vision in people with glaucoma by enhancing blood flow to the eyes. In that trial, people were given 245 mg of magnesium per day. Improvement in vision was noted after four weeks, but the change did not quite reach statistical significance.7

There is some evidence that alpha lipoic acid, taken in the amount of 150 mg per day for one month, improves visual function in people with stage I or stage II open-angle glaucoma.8

Surveys have shown that Eskimos, who consume large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, have a much lower incidence of open-angle glaucoma than do Caucasians. Although there have been no studies on the use of omega-3 fatty acids in glaucoma, supplementing with cod-liver oil (a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids) reduced intraocular pressure in animals.9

MORE ON GLAUCOMA
QUESTION: 
I have normal tension glaucoma and am always on the lookout for remedies without harmful side effects. I have read that an eyewash made from coleus forskohlii can lower intraocular pressure without causing harm. Do you know how I can obtain the eyewash or make it myself?

ANSWER:  COLEUS, Coleus forskohlii Latin Named: Plectranthus barbatus

An aromatic perennial with tuberlike roots and an erect stem reaching 2 feet. Native to India, Coleus grows on the dry slopes of the Indian plains and in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Native to India, Coleus is used in Indian folk medicine rather than within the Ayurvedic tradition and is a traditional digestive remedy. It shot to fame in Western medical circles when one of its constituents, forskolin, was first isolated in the
1970s. Research by an Indian/German company showed that forskolin was a powerful medicine for various conditions, including heart failure, glaucoma and bronchial asthma. It also exhibited non specific spasmolytic activity on smooth muscle of gastrointestinal tract in guinea pig. Topical ocular application of forskolin lowered intra ocular pressure in rabbits, monkeys and humans.

Coleus is used in treatments to relieve glaucoma pressure within the eye. It has been reported is several studies to lower the intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma.  Forskoliin was an experiment eye drop found to reduce eye pressure. It was abandoned because the eye drops produced a milky covering over the eye.
This side affect is eliminated by taking the herb orally as a tea, extract or pill.

Preparation: Decoction of root, make a decoction with 15 g root and 500 ml water. Drink in small doses over 2 days.  Infusion of leaves to relieve gas and bloating, drink
1 cup twice a day.

ROSACEA AND EYE PROBLEMS
QUESTION: 
  
I have rosacea and have eye problem.  I read that taking Oregon Grape Root will help relieve  the problems with my eyes.  My eyes often burn and I lose my eye lashes.  It is supposed to also be good for the skin.  I flush mostly with heat but also with alcohol and spicy food which I avoid completely.

Can you help me with any more information on this herb, the quantity I should take daily,  and the counter indication, if any.

If you know of any other herb that would help my problem, please let me know.

Thank you in advance. 

ANSWER:   Oregon Grape Root, Latin Name: Mahonia aquafolium is a great alterative herb, helping the body to eliminate wastes and good for liver insufficiency, it is a strongly bitter herb with a active constituent called berberine.  Berberine acts as broad spectrum antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral agents.  It is an herb suggested for skin problems associated with congested liver problems. 


Herbs associated with Rosacea include:

Figwort,  Latin Name:   Sacrophularia nodosa / S. marylandica

Red Alder/Tag Alder,  Latin Name:  Alnus rubra/Alnus serrulata

Gotu kola, Latin Name:   Centella asiatica   

CONJUNCTIVITIS
QUESTION: 
I have had congunctivitus for over ten years. I have tried everything. I had to give up my contacts after 20 years and go to glasses. I work outside in Arizona and glasses don't work too well. Is there anything you could suggest that could cure or help me with this chronic condition?

ANSWER:  Conjunctivitis may also be called "pinkeye," because it is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the clear membrane that covers the eyeball.

The eye may appear bloodshot, have crusty discharge and scratchy feeling like something is in the eye.

Conjunctivitis can be caused by viral and bacterial infection such as germs which cause the common cold and the Herpes virus, allergies, environmental
pollutants/irritants such as smoke or chemicals such as chlorine or contact lens solution, or injuries to the eye.
       
Herbal teas/tinctures traditionally used have been applied to the eyes directly, or in compress or poultice form.   Note: dilute alcohol based tinctures with saline water and thoroughly strain any preparations to be used in the eye, because particulates can irritate the eye and if absolute sterility is not assured,
further serious infection may occur.

Dr Christopher suggests a Cayenne Pepper eyewash preparation he sells, I have never tried it.

The herbs Barberry, Oregon Grape and Goldenseal contain
berberine, a substance with antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.   A pharmaceutical preparation is made based on berberine, that is routinely used in Germany for conjunctivitis.

The herb calendula has anti-inflammatory and
antiseptic characteristics and the orange carotenoids are specific to eye health.

Chamomile has also been used to soothe conjunctivitis symptoms and is anti-inflammatory. 

It is suggested that those who suffer from chronic conjunctivitis have a Vitamin A deficiency, but this does not substantiate its use to treat or prevent the condition.

Bee Propolis has also been used for this condition.

Finally I would increase water intake to upwards a gallon a day (try to get a ounce for each body pound you way).

Use vitamin C 5-10 grams or to bowel tolerance.
Bilberry and Blueberry are specific to eye health.

Finally  George O. Dever, a holistic eye doctor from Seattle did a lecture at American Herbalist Guild conference 1999 and spoke on herbal and alternative approaches to eye treatment.

You may want to get the proceedings from this conference

RETINOPATHY
QUESTION: 
  I have a dear friend, 68 with adult onset diabetes and a history of cancer who has been told that she is developing glaucoma and retinopathy.  She has asked me what herbal protocols might halt the advance of this disease state. I immediately thought of Yarrow to assist in shrinking the capilaries near and around the eyes (along with many other healing benefits) but I would like to know what other herbal/nutritional protocols that you can advise.  I will help her to sort through the information and get her anything necessary if I have not made the particular medicine myself.

ANSWER:   Eye problems are a major problem for the elderly and especially those with diabetes. For diabetics control of sugar levels is critical, adult onset can usually be corrected with weight loss and exercise.  These supplements have been associated with improvements to eye conditions

Lipoic acid

Vitamin E

Vitamin C

OPC's

Bilberry or blueberry

Ginkgo