Opening An Eye On Glaucoma Treatment!

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Glaucoma, a disease that occurs when the drainage systems of the ocular systems are inhibited, and water swells and puts pressure on the eyes. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, and over 2 million people suffer from it in the US, with over 60,000 qualified as legally blind. ┬áThe most common treatments for this disease are synthetic eye drops designed to release pressure on the eyes, but there are several herbal alternatives that can work just as well. One of the oldest of these is “Jaborandi,” derived from a tropical tree in South America. It was used regularly by Natives, even before Spaniards came. It was commonly used orally, eating the leaves, which then relieved eye pressure, but it has since 1930 been used synthetically in countless brands of prescription eye drops.

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Another leading treatment of this blinding disease is actually vitamin C. The high Vitamin C content found in many fruits and vegetables are known to reduce intraocular eye pressure. Many doctors recommend a dose of 2,000 to 35,000 mg a day to help with Glaucoma.

Another, ┬ámore unorthodox potential treatment is Marijuana. From 1978 to 1984 the National Eye Institute accepted grants from scientists to study the currently illicit drug for treatment of Glaucoma. There were countless studies agreeing that marijuana did help treat Glaucoma, but the many disadvantageous side-effects, such as blood pressure decrease and heart rate increase, didn’t deem it as effective as current medicines against Glaucoma. Marijuana is currently a Schedule I illegal drug and it’s use is highly discouraged, it’s bad for you and your soul, and you’ll get arrested.

Another drug used in conjunction with Vitamin C is Billberry, a plant that actually slows down the digestion of Vitamin C an help it do it’s job better. These many treatments provide a plethora of herbal treatment for glaucoma patients.

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St. John’s Wort: “Herbal Depression Treatment”

St. John's WortSt. Johns Wort, a flowering plant native to Europe, but found worldwide, is one of the oldest herbal treatments for depression. In many tests through the world, St. John’s Wort has been found to be just as affective as the modern anti-depressant medicines, questioning today’s conventional medicinal choices. The active ingredient, Hypericin, is useful in easing mild to moderate depression. However, the chemical Hypericin isolated is not as effective, giving a nod to the mysterious features of the plant it occurs in. However, it should not be taken with Xanax, Methadone, Tramadol, Over-the-Counter cough syrup, LSD, or Ecstasy, as the chemical Hypericin can disadvantageously interact with these drugs. Time tested and approved, St. John’s Wort is commonly proven to treat depression.

An intro…

Alternative medicinal techniques have been around for a very long time. These techniques are alternative as they do not follow the normal conventional medicine techniques of masking symptoms, they aim to better the person all around, and to immunize. There are so many different types of alternative healing types, from yoga, herbal medicines, hypnosis, acupuncture, and many others. Here I would like to to inform myself and others on new and established forms of alternative medicine. I would like to try a monthly test of one of these techniques, and post a review. I hope that this is an interesting look into the dark zone of medicines.

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