Cataract is a very common type of eye disease and the term cataract actually means cloudy areas in the lens inside the eyes. Cataract can occur in both the eyes or can spread from one eye to another. The more cloudier are the lens, worse will be the persons’ vision. Today, more than 50% of Americans either experience cataract surgery or have cataract after crossing 80 years of age.
Types of cataract include nuclear cataract that are usually associated with aging. Cortical cataract begins as whitish and occurs in the lens cortex. People suffering from problems of glare experience this type of cataract. Congenital cataract may be present in babies shortly after the birth and does not affect the vision, but usually removed soon after detection.
Symptoms of cataract include blurry vision, vision affected by small spots, sensitivity to light, reading becomes impossible, double vision in a single eye, glasses become less effective and cataract patients can see a halo around street-light or car headlights. People who have a higher risk of developing cataracts are age and genetic factors, diabetic patients, sunlight and radiation, alcohol consumption, previous eye injury, eye inflammation, hormone replacement therapy, high myopia, obesity, trauma and smoking. Below given are a few natural herbs, which will help to treat cataract.
Herbal Remedies for Cataract
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar also called the ‘mother’ of vinegar is fermented from apples and have different nutritional benefits depending upon the brand of Apple cider vinegar. Antioxidants found in vinegar helps to treat and prevent cataracts. Apple cider vinegar works as eye drops to cure cataracts. Take 5 parts of measured distilled water, add enough apple cider vinegar to tint the water and continue using this until cataract symptoms disappear.
Gingko biloba is an herbal supplement derived from the dried gingko leaf, which has been used for medicinal purposes from centuries helping to treat variety of conditions including cataract. Gingko biloba reduces risk of cataract as it helps to preserve vitamin E in the body, which acts as a cataract-fighting nutrient. Gingko contains good amount of antioxidants that helps in progression of cataracts. Standard dosage of this herb is 150 to 250 milligrams per day.
Parsley is an effective herbal treatment for several eye problems such as conjunctivitis, corneal, weak eyes, Opthalmia and cataracts. Parsley can be consume-able internally as raw juice or mixed with equal amount of carrot juice as eye drops for healthy eyes.
Bilberry also known as ‘whortleberry’ is a favorite fruit that almost resembles blueberries. Bilberry is loaded with antioxidants and has more than a dozen Anthocyanosides that helps damaging the cells in the proteins inside your lens. It helps to improve eyesight including night vision. Standardized dosage of this extract is 100 milligrams and is to be taken for couple of days for best results. Bilberry fruit is completely safe and has no side effects.
Green tea has powerful antioxidants helping to treat eye disorders including cataracts. Polyphenols is a compound present in green tea helping to reduce incidence of cataracts. Drink 3 to 4 cups of green tea per day. More than 4 cups may cause side effects like nausea, vomiting and nervousness. Apart from above, many other herbs such as marigold, celery, blueberries, rosemary, grape seed extract, ginger, fish oil, cold live roil, flax-seed, Brazil nut, garlic, lemon balm and cardamom helps to treat cataract.