I prescribed Bilberry for eye health in a Case Suffering from Allergies
Total years in practice: 8
Single male of 35 years who was in fairly good health with normal blood pressure and works long hours. He was unable to retain food for several days and would vomit and feel lethargic and fatigued. Slight temperature: 102.5 He exercised regularly and maintained vegan diet and problem of Insomnia.
Bilberry for Eye Health
Therapy Suggested: Bilberry for vision concerns. Aconite, Essiac Four Herb Tea, Magnesium, Vitamin C and Colloidal Silver. Grape Seed Extract nasal spray.
Dietary Recommendations: Chicken Soup, Chinese Hot and Sour Soup, fruits, fruit juices and water. Avoid dairy and consume light meals. Ginger or peppermint tea for vomiting.
Lifestyle Changes: Eliminate allergens in surroundings. Also, foods such as sweets, dairy and wheat which may trigger allergies. Stress reduction and more rest. Multivitamin and Ginseng as a tonic.
Physical examination conducted to determine glandular or lymphatic swelling. Patient had a slight temperature and culture was taken to eliminate the possibility of strep throat. After 5 days of homeopathic remedy combined with supplementation therapy and nutrition therapy patient’s symptoms improved. Within 10 days the patient was back to normal routine feeling rejuvenated. Type Of Outcome: Since initial consultation, patient symptoms of fatigue have diminished and he has recovered from insomnia. Patient has shown dramatic improvement in his immune system. From a scale of 1-10 , the patient went from a 5 to a 10.
What do Bilberries have?
Bilberries are a rich source of naturally occurring flavonoids. It specifically contains Anthocyanins, which have been known to show beneficial health effects. They have antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.1
Bilberry for eye health
A large number of the population suffer from age-related vision disorders by the time they reach the age of 65. Studies reveal that diets having fruits with high flavonoid content like bilberry lower the risk of age-related vision disorders like glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.2 Bilberry is extensively used to improve the night vision by enhancing the efficiency of rod cells in the eyes. They also decrease the vascular permeability and fragility of the ocular capillaries. These benefits are attributed to the antioxidant property of the bilberry.3 The census report suggests that age-related macular degeneration has affected 25-30 million people around the world. As the degeneration is caused by the breakdown of blood circulation in the eye, bilberry extracts have shown excellent results to treat this condition. Consumption of bilberry improves the microcapillary circulation throughout the body.4
Colloidal silver for eye infections
Colloidal silver or its salt has been used in a 1% concentration to treat ocular infections in neonates.5 A test shows a positive effect of colloidal silver nanoparticles(AgNPs) to treat acute eye irritation.6 Some developing countries like China have reported vision loss due to Fungal Keratitis. The silver nanoparticle has been used due to its broad-spectrum antifungal activity against pathogenic ocular filaments.7 Silver impregnated contact lenses are also used to prevent or treat microbial infections caused by Pseudomonas species, and Acanthamoebea.8 Colloidal form of silver is also used to treat eye infection caused by S.aureus and corneal ulcer keratitis caused by P.aeruginosa.9
Bilberries are flavonoid enriched fruit beneficial for eye health due to their antioxidative properties. It is used to prevent and lower the risk of ocular disease, whereas colloidal silver is used to treat various forms of ocular infections.
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