Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Glaucoma
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye. Timolol Maleate and Latanoprost are commonly used eye drops that can reduce the eye pressure, but cannot cure it.
From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, eyes and internal organs are closely related. Glaucoma treatment focuses on finding and fixing the root cause of the illness, not only the eyes. TCM practitioners use acupuncture treatment combined with herbal formula to treat glaucoma. Studies suggest that acupuncture can improve circulation to the eyes, decreasing intraocular pressure, and improving visual acuity. When combined with proper Chinese medicine herbal formulas designed to improve the underlying conditions, the treatment will be even more effective. According to its manifestations, glaucoma can be classified into types of liver qi stagnation, liver and kidney yin deficiency, phlegm fire, liver and gallbladder fire. The most common types are liver qi stagnation, liver and kidney yin deficiency.
Chinese Herbs for Glaucoma
1) Xiao Yao Wan (also known as Free and Easy Wanderer) is a Chinese herbal formula for liver qi stagnation. The liver is largely responsible for circulating qi throughout the body. Adequate qi may not be distributed to the eyes if it fails to do so.
Where to buy: Xiao Yao Wan
How to use: Xiao Yao Wan can be used in the form of pills.
2) Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, also known as Six Flavor Teapills, can be used to nourish the energy of the liver and kidneys. The liver stores nourishing blood necessary to maintain eye health.
Where to buy: Liu Wei Di Huang Wan
How to use: Liu Wei Di Huang Wan can be used in the form of pills.
3) Huang Qin (Chinese Skullcap, Scutellaria Baicalensis) has been used in Chinese medicine for a variety of health conditions. Baicalein is a flavonoid found in Huang Qin. Scientists have found that baicalein significantly lowers eye pressure and may act as a natural treatment for glaucoma.
Where to buy: Chinese Skullcap
How to use: Chinese Skullcap is available in many different forms including liquid extract, powder and capsules.