Glaucoma is a condition affecting the optic nerve in the eye. It is detrimental to your health and can lead to loss of vision. While it is advisable to consult a physician for a drug prescription, it won’t hurt to try the right organic remedies. These 3 herbs make effective glaucoma natural remedies.
- Ginkgo Biloba:Ginkgo Biloba is from one of the oldest trees known to mankind. It has been supporting health for almost 2,800 years. It helps promote blood circulation and maintain the normal function and tone of blood vessels. It can also promote oxygen circulation and glucose metabolism in the brain and eye. In glaucoma, this herb stabilizes the capillaries in the eye to make them less fragile. Another interesting thing about Ginkgo Biloba is that it eases anxiety. It helps relieve the stress coming from having the eye condition.
- Coleus Forskohlii:This is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that has been supporting vitality and well-being for thousands of years. It is used to treat heart disease, hypothyroidism, and respiratory disorders. It is also a great herb for the treatment of glaucoma.
I find it interesting that many cases of glaucoma are related to hypothyroidism or low thyroid function. The thyroid is essential for good metabolic activity. When you have low thyroid activity, you have low blood flow and a low metabolic state. This can be detrimental to your eye, especially if you have glaucoma. That’s a key point. If you have glaucoma, make sure you get your thyroid function checked.
There have been some studies that have shown that topical application of Coleus Forskohlii lowers intraocular pressure. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any topical product of Coleus Forskohlii. Although, there was a company in Germany that attempted to bring this to market. Because of difficulty in the delivery system, it was abandoned. I think it was also because of problems with big pharma fighting the simple treatment.
Oral Coleus Forskohlii is controversial. There are some studies that show taking it in pill or herbal form may lower the intraocular pressure. That is open to question. I have found a few patients who begin taking Coleus Forskohlii, and it will lower their pressure. It can’t hurt, improves the thyroid function, and helps with heart disease and respiratory disorders. I think this is a great herb, and it is also in my Optic Nerve Support formula.