Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye as it is commonly referred to, is an irritation of the conjuctiva, the mucus membrane that lines the eyes and eyelids. It causes a pinkish color in the area that is irritated and inflamed.
The most common types of conjunctivitis are infective (viral and bacterial) conjunctivitis and allergic conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis can affect one or both of your eyes and in addition to the pink color around the area of irritation which happens due to the inflammation and widening of the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva, the other symptoms of conjunctivitis include pus discharging from the irritated area, itchiness, pain, swelling, and intolerance to bright lights. The eyes also become watery as the inflammation causes the tear glands to become overactive. The eyelids may also stick together after being closed for some time, such as after sleeping or napping.
If you have infective conjunctivitis you may also have a burning and gritty feeling in your eyes and an enlarged lymph node in front of your ear.
If you have allergic conjunctivitis, you may experience hay fever symptoms, such as sneezing, a runny, itchy nose and itchiness at the back of your throat.
The very first thing you must do is to see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Use a Himalayan salt eyewash
To keep the body and immune system strong and healthy so that it can prevent and fight infections stick to the following:
- Emphasize a diet of organic, whole foods, with a daily abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Include antioxidant rich foods such as red, orange and purple bell peppers, carrots, celery, dark-green leafy vegetables such as chard, kale, collard, spinach and richer coloured green leaf lettuces, parsley, tomatoes and yellow squash.
- Include fruits high in anti-oxidants such as berries, especially raw or juiced Acai berries, Goji berries and dark coloured berries, purple and red grapes, plums, cherries, mangos, melons and citrus fruits.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
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Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day until the symptoms disappear. Then reduce down to 10,000 – 20,000 international units per day.
Take Allicin C (garlic) – garlic is a natural antibiotic. Take 2 capsules three times a day.
Take Vitamin C, it promotes healing. Take 2 packets three times a day with 2 packets of glutathione.
Take Vitamin A 100,000 IU daily for up to a month (do not exceed 10,000 IU if you are pregnant). This will enhance your immune system.
Take Zinc – 50 mg daily. Zinc enhances the immune system.
As with curing any disease, it is important to avoid stress and perform relaxation techniques to enable the body to function at its optimum:
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According to Ayurvedic theory, most vision problems are due to digestive disorders. Regular eye exercises, the use of eyewashes and the herbs amla, licorice, and triphala, plus a diet rich in organic, whole food and rich in antioxidant vegetables such as carrots and spinach are popular remedies.
As always though, for the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM believes eye problems stem from diminished liver function. Therefore, treatment focuses on restoring healthy liver function. Practitioners combine acupuncture, dietary changes and herbs, such as ginkgo biloba and ginseng to improve the liver.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation; you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Make a warm compress with a few drops of chamomile, lavender or rose essential oil. To do this fill a bowl with warm water, add the essential oils and stir. Soak a folded flannel in the water, lean over a sink and apply the flannel over your eyes and leave for one minute. Do this 2 to 3 times a day until the infection has gone.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ –i.e. something that in a large dose creates the symptoms of a disease will, in a smaller dose in fact cure it. Remedies are prescribed very much on an individual basis taking the whole person into account. To find a tailored remedy you should visit your local licensed practitioner. Find you closest homeopath practitioner here
Here are some homeopathic medicines that may be considered when dealing with your specific case-
- Euphrasia — for really watery eyes that feel dry and gritty.
- Argentum nitricum — for red, swollen eyes with pus.
- Pulsatilla– for itchy eyes with yellow green discharge.
- Belladonna — for the first stages of conjunctivitis, when eyes are bloodshot and/or swollen.
- Sulphur — for painful, burning, red eyes with a yellow discharge.
- Apis mellifica — for swollen eyes that are red with a burning sensation.
Aloe Vera – Make a compress with aloe vera juice and place it over the eyes. Alternatively use as an eyewash.
Chamomile – Steep 1 tsp of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of boiled water for 5 minutes, strain, cool, and use as an eyewash or a compress.
Elderberry Blossom – make into a tea and use as an eyewash.
Elderflower – make a strong infusion and use as a compress.
Eyebright – has astringent and antibacterial properties, and is very soothing to the eyes. Steep 1 tsp of dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water for ten minutes. Cool, strain, and use as an eyewash. Do this 3-4 times a day. Alternatively you can use eyebright as a compress.
Fennel – boil the seeds, allow to cool and then use as an eyewash.
Goldenseal – is especially beneficial if the conjunctivitis is caused by an infection. The berberine in goldenseal fights infections. Use 2 tsp to 1 cup of boiled water and apply as a warm compress. Alternatively use as eyedrops, 2-3 drops, three times daily.
Slippery elm – make a poultice using the powder and place on the inflamed eye.
Turmeric – mix 2 tsp of turmeric to 1 cup of boiled water and use as a warm compress.
Thyme – its natural cleansing properties make it the perfect antiseptic for healing conjunctivitis
- Conjunctivitis is contagious, so don’t share towels or washcloths.
- Wash towels and bedding frequently.
- Avoid rubbing and touching your eyes.
- If the conjunctivitis comes at the same time as a cold sore, it is important to check with a licensed healthcare practitioner to make sure the herpes virus has not infected your eye.
- Discard of any eye makeup you were using when you got conjunctivitis, as it is likely to be contaminated.
- If you wear contact lenses then switch to glasses to help the infection clear up faster.
The following eye exercises are useful for preventing and reversing most types of vision problems.
- Rest your eyes for five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes, relaxing your gaze and staring into space.
- Blink your eyes regularly. This reduces eyestrain.
- Take regular breaks throughout the day to breathe deeply for a few minutes, coupled with neck and shoulder stretching. This helps to ensure that your eye muscles receive adequate amounts of oxygen.
- To further reduce facial tension, yawn in an exaggerated fashion. Doing so helps to stretch and relax your facial muscles.
- Cover your eyes with you palms for five minutes and breathe deeply. Do this every one to two hours.
- Spend 20 to 30 minutes each day rapidly switching your focus from near to far. An easy way to do this is to hold your finger six to eight inches from your eyes. Focus on it for a moment, then focus on an object in the distance. Keep changing your focus from near to far. This is an excellent way to exercise your eye muscles.
- Roll your eyes all the way up and down in a full circular motion for five minutes, three to five times a day.
- Pin a sheet of reading material to the wall and read it from two feet away (or closer if you need to). Each day, step further away from the wall. With regular practice, you will eventually be able to read the same material from across the room. If you are nearsighted, reverse this process, starting as far away from the sheet of paper as you need to be, then slowly moving closer each day until you are able to read it standing only a few inches away.
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Ayurveda home remedy for conjunctivitis www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic45WpT2g_U&playnext=1&list=PL6842E72A60579B84&feature=results_main
How to make a salt eyewash www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFRTC0EkJfo
Case study – Acupuncture and conjunctivitis www.acupuncturebodywork.co.uk/case-studies/conjunctivitis-treatment.htm
Further Information (links and books)
Colloidal Silver Today: The All Natural, Wide-Spectrum Germ Killer By Warren Jefferson
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.