Monday, July 22, 2013

Natural Regenerative Therapy for Glaucoma

Natural therapies can be of great value in helping your eyes to heal and to have better results with your prescription medication. Glaucoma is a serious condition – so medical intervention with regular checkups is important. These suggestions
are meant to work in conjunction with the instructions from your MD.
Too Much Stress Is Hard on the Eyes
Our eyes and especially eyes with glaucoma or other eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration etc. are very susceptible to oxidative stress.
As the cells in our body accomplis their natural metabolic processes toxic byproducts called free radicals and peroxides are produced. These chemicals  produce oxidative stress.
Mother nature has given us a sophisticated means of neutralizing these buzz bombs with super active enzymes working to support our detox process…. but some people need extra help to reduce the effects of this  physiological stress. 
Vitamin C therapy can help reduce the intraocular pressure (IOP) that may build up in the eye due to oxidative stress.  Bioflavanoids-a  form of vitamin C from citrus, lipoic acid, magnesium, B12, and omega 3 fatty acids from fish oils also reduce oxidative stress, improve circulation and blood flow to the eyes.
Life Can Be Sweet Without So Much Sugar
Insulin resistance, levels of insulin that are too high and difficulty processing carbohydrate foods causes diabetes, weight problems and can raise your blood pressure. All of these are associated with elevated eye pressure.
Avoid sugar- cut  back on how much you use. Reduce bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, crackers, cereal etc to balance your insulin metabolism.  Get your blood sugar level checked regularly because like glaucoma insulin related problems can be difficult to feel.
Regular exercise-walking, yoga, swimming, bike riding or perhaps  aerobics can  rebalance blood sugar metabolism reduce stress, improve well being and decrease the buildup of ocular pressure. However, it depends on what is going on with your eyes -check with your MD. Make sure the exercise you plan on doing regularly will be easy on your eyes.
Are Your Adrenals Wearing Their Dancing Shoes?
An intricate dance goes on between our adrenals, the kidneys and the mineral stores in our body. The adrenals regulate the kidneys with aldosterone. The kidneys respond by excreting urine with contains minerals. Our fluid balance and minerals stores change which affects our blood pressure and fluid levels in the body & our eyes.
Rebalance your adrenals by- reducing stress,  practicing meditation, learning how to sleep/rest more deeply and walking your dogs or playing with pets you love.  The adrenals work in close connection with the thyroid- have your thyroid checked at the same time your blood sugar is evaluated.
Vitamin C therapy, B complex, calcium magnesium and zinc  help reduce the stress load and normalize kidney and adrenal function.
Other alternative possibilities  include: homeopathy, herbal therapy, nutrition, acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, ayurvedic therapies and massage.
Eat Nutrient Rich Foods Every Day
Use these foods to protect the eyes, promote healthy vision and slow down the progression of eye disease, decrease IOP, and strengthen blood flow to the eyes
*spinach, kale, chard, collards, broccoli, brussel sprouts, leafy green veggies and egg yolks are high in lutein &  zeathin.  
*orange fruits and vegetables: squash, carrots, pumkin, yams, sweet potatoes and apricots contain vitamin A derivatives
*almonds, sunflower& pumpkin seeds, hazlenuts and wheat germ are rich in vitamin E.
*berries-cranberries, blueberries, bilberry, raspberry etc are high in bioflavanoids a natural form of vitamin c
* things to avoid: excess caffeine, alcohol, smoking and rich fatty foods with high sugar content like doughnuts, pastries and fried foods.
 Be gentle with yourself- Start with one or two changes at a time and listen to what your body tells you. Let your inner vision guide you to what helps you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.

“The natural healing force within each of us

is the greatest force in getting well.” - Hippocrates

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“A novel perspective on natural therapeutic approaches in glaucoma therapy”.

Mozaffarieh M. Flammer J.

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“Natural therapies for ocular disorders, part two:cataracts and glaucoma”.

 Head, KA.



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