September 14, 2011
Background: Chinese medicine for dry eyes
* A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner says: In TCM, the liver meridian rules the eyes, so often an underlying liver imbalance, such as a liver blood deficiency, is to blame.
Chinese medicine: GOJI BERRY
There are 40 to 50 medicinal herbs in Chinese Medicine that have proved particularly successful in treating eye diseases. On prescription they are available in perfect quality in specialised chemist’s shops. Especially Fr. Lycii is an excellent medicinal herb for the treatment of dry eyes. [Source]
Common name: wolfberry fruit. Botanical family: Solanaceae, Botanical name: 1, Lycium chinensis Mill.; 2, L. barbarum L [Details].
Claims that accupuncture works
On the advice of a friend, I saw an acupuncturist who asked me some questions such as "what happened 6 months ago in your life" (personally) and told me that whatever happened 6 months ago 'stresswise' was still in my eyes. I thought it was very intriguing and was willing to try anything. After the first 'session' I can honestly tell you that there was an improvement. I had never done acupuncture before and it seemed a little far-fetched that what she was saying caused my dry eye but I kept an open mind. She told me that it was going to be a cumulative process and that I would have to keep coming back for awhile to replenish the "yin" in my body ( the moisture or "cold"); she said that what was happening was that there was an imbalance of hot and cold and the moisture in my body was not depleted.
She gave me herbs ( Lycii Rehmannia ) to take twice a day and went back to her once a week for about 2 months. Apart from the acupuncture, I had been taking fish oil (because it has other good uses) and I mix the fish oil with turmeric once a day, and sea buckthorn oil twice a day, and astaxanthin once a day.
I also started running 2 miles everyday. My eyes are back to normal again and my acupuncturist says that soon I will not have to come back. I'm still going to continue taking the supplements because they are good for me and as for the herbs , she said I could stop that at some point too ( which btw taste pretty awful).
It took about 2 months for this to happen and I cant believe that I wake up with normal eyes again after half a year of depression and frustration. I hope what I have said here is helpful to you. I reactivated my AOL account just so i can post this message. Everyone is different as my acupuncturist says, so it may take longer or quicker depending. I have truly taken a new perspective on medicine in general and I've learned how limited western medicine is regarding this issue and many others. [Source]
Don't know whether I'm willing to try accupuncture after my very expensive and wasteful experience with it in the past . However, there seems to be no harm in taking fish oil. Turmeric is part of my diet through Indian food. I'm trying Chrysanthamum tea.
Chinese medicine suggests that chrysanthemum tea might help [see this and this]. Somewhat unrelated but not likely to harm: Chinese goji berries contain concentrated amounts of a caratenoid that protects your eyes. Lycii-Rehmannia is a chinese medicine that might work [source] lycium fruit [Source] Details: http://www.tcmassistant.com/symptoms/dry-eyes.html and here.
Some chinese and other remedies come in packages – try a natural herbs store.