Let’s talk about these three special herbs that I feel you should know about if you have glaucoma. The first one is Ginkgo biloba. Ginkgo biloba is from one of the oldest trees known to mankind. It has been supporting health for nearly 2,800 years.
Ginkgo biloba is found to support health circulation, maintain normal function and tone of blood vessels, and support healthy oxygen and glucose metabolism in the brain and eye. All of these items would be very important if you have glaucoma, including improving circulation to that optic nerve, and improving and maintaining healthy oxygen and glucose metabolism.
In addition, Ginkgo tends to stabilize capillaries and make them less fragile. That’s the big situation when you have glaucoma. The fragile capillaries of the optic nerve are dying because of high pressure.
Another interesting thing about Ginkgo is that it is very useful in easing anxiety if you’re anxious and in a stress situation. Many of you are when you’re first diagnosed with glaucoma. You have to take all these eye drops, and the doctor is telling you you’re losing vision in your visual field or your nerve is becoming damaged. That is going to trigger a lot of anxiety. Ginkgo can help with that. It helps with circulation and reduces anxiety. This is probably the number-one herb that you need to think of when you have glaucoma.
All of these herbs I’m talking about are contained in my Optic Nerve Support formula. If you want more information on the Optic Nerve Support formula, which I recommend for all of my glaucoma patients, go to www.HealingTheEye.com for more information.
The second herb I’m going to talk about is Coleus forskohlii. This is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that has been used for thousands of years to support vitality and wellbeing. Interestingly, it is not only used to treat heart disease, hypothyroidism, and respiratory disorders, but it has been suggested that this may be an excellent herb for glaucoma.
I find it interesting that many cases of glaucoma are related to hypothyroidism or low thyroid function. Thyroid is essential for good metabolic activity. When you have low thyroid activity, you’re going to have low blood flow and a low metabolic state, which 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 the 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. It improves the thyroid function. It helps with heart disease and respiratory disorders. I think this is a great herb, and it is also in my Optic Nerve Support formula.
The third herb is ashwagandha. That’s a tongue twister. This is another Ayurvedic or Indian herb. It’s famous for regeneration. It also calms the mind, eases stress, and supports overall vitality and wellbeing.
Ashwagandha is a very powerful adaptogen. It will counter mitochondrial dysfunction. A lot of researchers feel mitochondrial dysfunction is the underlying problem in glaucoma. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. When you have mitochondrial dysfunction, that is when you begin to lose the delicate nerve fiber layers and begin to have damage from glaucoma.
These are three phenomenal herbs that you need to write down: gingko biloba, ashwagandha, and Coleus forskohlii.
In addition to these herbs, I can’t harp enough that I believe many of the substances and building blocks you need are in your own neighborhood. Sometimes you don’t need to take these exotic herbs, but they can’t hurt. They’re certainly much better than taking glaucoma drops, pills, or petropharmaceutical chemicals.
I have to mention again that having a healthy, varied, organic green diet is important. Green and colorful foods are probably the best thing you can do for any eye disease. I may sound like a broken record, but one of the best things you can do is begin to look at the food you’re putting into your body. Shift your diet toward organic, raw food. Whatever your healthy condition is, whether it’s hypertension, diabetes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration, I believe shifting your diet to this organic, raw diet will be the best thing for you.
A question I get all the time is, “Why does it have to be raw? I like green vegetables and colorful fruits, but why can’t they be cooked?” Unfortunately, when they are cooked, it destroys the delicate protein structure in your body. When the protein structure is destroyed, the amino acids are destroyed. It just does not have as much nutritional value. I hope this is clear. You need to shift your diet more toward raw organic.
Keep those three herbs in mind. They are Ginkgo biloba, Coleus forskohlii, and ashwagandha. You can purchase them separately at any health food store. Begin by taking the lowest dose recommended, and then gradually increase. Sometimes you can also get the tincture form.
Whatever changes you make, make sure you’re under the care of an ophthalmologist or optometrist to measure your intraocular pressure. Whatever you do, do not stop or discontinue any of your eye drops unless directed by your eye doctor. Glaucoma is a serious disorder. There are many things you can do.