Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: glaucoma
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 95 23:43:00 -0500

>> Has anyone had any success in the use of herbs for Glaucoma? I was recently diagnosed with it and am searchings out alternatives to the normally prescribed drugs which have all kinds of side effects.

I found the following article that I though may be helpful.

The following was taken from the book, "Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs", author John Heinerman.

Cataracts and Glaucoma Cured

Maria Treben (well known West German (Austrian, actually. -Henriette) folk healer and herbalist) insists that glaucoma is not an eye disorder, but rather a definite malfunction of the kidneys instead. A tea should be made, she observes, from equal parts of stinging nettle, yarrow, calendula and horsetail, and 2-3 cups consumed each day. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add these herbs, cover and simmer for 7 minutes; then remove and steep another 45 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey before drinking.

For cataracts, she advise brushing some Swedish Butters across the eyelids frequently. There are various types of this herbal compound under different names at some but not all health food stores. An alternative to this that is just as effective, calls for rubbing a little aloe gel obtained from a FRESH plant leaf, with an equal small amount of juicy latex gathered from a FRESH milkweed plant, between your wet thumb and index finger until well mixed. This mixture is then gently brushed over the closed eyelids towards the corners of the eye, but NEVER under any circumstances to be rubbed into the eyes directly! Although applied in this manner, they seem to be reasonably beneficial in helping cataracts and spots on the cornea to gradually disappear. Of course, as with anything, this may work better for some than others.

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: glaucoma
From: "Cissy Thorpe" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 11:25:52 -0500

> Has anyone had any success in the use of herbs for Glaucoma?

The only herb I have ever heard of that specifically works on the inner eye pressure is marijuana. Even the doctor that diagnosed mine said that it was the only one he knew of but that even if I choose that route (he would not prescribe it, he didn't feel my glaucoma was serious enough) he still wanted me to use the drops.

I am curious as to what types of prescription drugs you have researched. I find little or not side effects with the drops I use - Timopic .25% once a day. I put mine in just before bedtime and unless I am sleeping through something, no problem.

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Glaucoma...
From: (Glacier Gruff)
Date: 19 Jul 95 20:07:21 AST

> Any information re a herbal remedy to deal with Glaucoma and avoid laser surgery or drugs would be greatly appreciated.

I've used massive doses of Vitamin C for some while to control another problem I have. I have also had mild glaucoma for about 15 years..... pressures approaching 28....

During my annual checkups, it was noted that my pressure had dropped quite a bit. I did not pay attention to it until I read

"How to Live Longer and Feel Better" by Dr. Linus Pauling, Nobel Laureate chemist...

I was amazed: Vitamin C has been shown scientifically to have GREATLY lowered the pressures in patients in a NUMBER of scientific research projects.. and, the more you use, the lower....

Well...YOU read it....!

The book is available at many libraries...and can be purchased at book stores....