Herbs to improve the Eyes and Treat Macular Degeneration

Herbs and the Eyes including Macular Degeneration (wet and dry)

Better sight, clearer eyes, clearing floaters, brighter eyes, flushing tear ducts

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Heathy Eyes is Healthy Eating

The good news is that there are no foods that are harmful for your eyes. But in the long run to keep your eyes healthy you need to eat healthily as part of your routine. Most foods don't directly affect your eyesight at all, although foods with the right vitamins and minerals are helpful. Recent studies show that vitamins of the antioxidant group can prevent, or at least slow down, age-related conditions of the eyes, like macular degeneration and the development of cataracts. Read more about antioxidants. The very best plant for your eye health is curly kale. If you have eye problems eat plenty of kale; if you have serious eye problems juice kale with carrots and billberry. Kale is the best natural source of lutein. Lower strength sources are spinach, peas, zuccini and sprouts. L-caritine has been found to be important in preventing and treating cateracts. The best natural source is beef (very high value); lower sources of L-carnitine are milk, cod, chicken, cheese.

Herbal Eye Drops

Our herbal eye drops are to be used in an eye bath (which we supply). This method of treating the eyes allows the amazing herbs for eye health to work on all parts of the external eye and eye itself. That is, it can help cateracts that are forming (knocked back by azulene blue in chamomile in the drops. conjunctivitis (red eye), blepharitis (eyelid eczema), stys (hordeolum, chalazion cyst) (sebaceous gland infection on the eyelid - usually staphylococcus), eye lashes loss, arcus senislis (a thin white, opaque ring around the edge of the cornea due to metabolic issues in the elderly - so change your diet to keto low carb), dry eye, tear duct cleansing, eyelid inflamation, zanthelasma (yellow nodules on the eyelids). Our herbal eye drops give a complete healing support for the eyes. Just a few drops of our Eye Drops into an eye bath of warm water does the trick. Use daily or twice daily for a stronger action. Find our eye drops in our web store.
Please note that if you want to treat CATARACTS we have specific EyeDrops for an EyeBath for this condition. When you order from the store specify that you want it for CATARACTS so we can send you the right drops!
The general eye drops are for whole eye health including iritis, glaucoma, cataracts, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, styes, floaters - clearing and healing.


Gemma asks: I was  noticing the other day, i don't feel my eye sight has deteriorated through the years, i can see subtitles on the screen from same distance and I am sure using your eye drops has helped a lot with that. I am sure they would be helping the health of my eyes, isn't that correct Alan?
Alan's answer: Yes, you're right Gemma. The SeeMore Tonic, the herbal eye drops, the ABC, your diet, vit A veggies, eye exercises and protecting them from harsh light, smoke and dust, all contribute to keeping your eyesight healthy. There is a natural deterioration as we age, so the more we think about our eye health the better for the long term. They are so precious and too often overlooked. Kind regards, Alan

Vitamins C, A and E, folic acid, selenium and zinc are definitely the most beneficial for the health of your eyes. The effects of the other vitamins and minerals aren't determined yet, but it seems likely that they affect your eyesight as well. A wide range of vits, minerals and elements are essential for health, find out about a herbal powder that has hundreds of micro-elements essential for health. And add a carrot, an apple and a some bilberries to your lunch box.

Your eyes were formed by light

When you read or work on the computer make sure that the light is right. It is a common knowledge that working with poor light can cause eyestrain, but light that is too bright can do as much damage. It is recommended that you keep your blinds down on sunny days and switch off unnecessary household lights, if possible. The best lighting for working on the computer is daylight, or a soft desk light, coming from the side. If you work long hours on the computer, try decreasing the brightness of your monitor. The colours won't be so vivid, but your eyes will feel more relaxed by the end of the day. Your eyes evolved with light (fish in deep, dark seas where there is no light lose their sight and go blind), so feed your eyes with daylight by going for a walk in nature every day to see the different shades of green and the colours of flowers: your eyes will love it!


Dear Alan, Just to say that my husband, David, who was told he needed cataract surgery for one eye, has been using your Cataract Eye solution (with eye bath) for the past 3 weeks and has already noticed a huge improvement. I, too, have been using the eye bath for the past week, to aid with floaters in both eyes, and already I have noticed that my eyesight is brighter and clearer. As with all your other products that we have used, once again, you have performed miracles.
Sincere thanks from both of us,
Lyn Middlehurst and David Maslin. Wiltshire


Please note that if you want to treat CATARACTS we have specific EyeDrops for an EyeBath for this condition. When you order from the store specify that you want it for CATARACTS so we can send you the right drops! The general eye drops are for whole eye health including iritis, glaucoma, cataracts, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, styes, floaters - clearing and healing.

There are herbal medicines that are specific for the health of the eyes

There are medicinal herbs that are specifically applicable for eye malfunctions and eye disorders including vision difficulties, conjunctivitis, cateracts, iritis, corneal problems, macular degeneration, eye injuries, sight degeneration (presbyopia), eye pain, glaucoma, styes, blepharitis, including bacterial and fungal infections of the eyes. Included in SeeMore Tonic are some traditional and many scientifically discovered herbs that have been found clinically beneficial for these conditions. The combination of medicinal herbs such as these act on the optic nerve, the blood capillaries nourishing the eyes, the lymph that washes the eyes and the immune system that protects the eyes. Such a tonic would include Herbactive leaf (asplenium) for floaters and capillary infusion of the optic area, atractylodes, jumingzi, juhua morifolium, golden thread, dodder seed, euphrasia, rhatony, yellow melilot, kudzu vine root, myrobalan fruits, billberry, yucca, spirulina, belladonna (still used by ophthalmologists as a mydriatic), elderberry and fupenzi. It may be of interest that the drug pilocarpine used for glaucoma comes from a herb called Pilocarpus japorandi known to reduce ocular pressure and used for glaucoma, detached retina, and other eye disorders.

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This is usually referred to "severe irreversible vision loss" when the outer portion of the retina deteriorates. However, recent research proves that this is not true.

Dry Macular - this is a gradually progressing condition taking many years or even decades. This condition means that there are no leaky blood vessels (as in the wet type). This form usually begins in one eye than affects the other eye as well.

Wet Macular - this is said to progress fast so that the person affected notices significant vision loss even within weeks or months. But there is effective treatment which the orthodox haven't caught onto yet. Here, the blood vessels leak and blood gets into the macular area which is responsible for central vision. This causes sudden changes in vision. It can cause an abnormal growth of blood vessels (angiogenisis) under the retina and spread (leak) around the area. Our herbal tonic contains anti-angiogenisis herbs to resist this progress. Treatment is to dry up the leaking, spreading blood vessels (anti-VEGF - vascular endothelial growth factor. Take anti-angiogenisis herbs e.g in the Macular Degeneration Herbal Tonic). Over time the rods and cones of the eye die unless you can control the leaking. Use the AirEnergy Therapy machine which increases your oxygen and reduces free radicals, and improves overall health in the process. When you order this machine (not cheap!) and use it twice daily for 20 minutes vision is greatly improved according to feedback. Please let me know if you order this machine and tell the sales team you heard it from me. Call AirNergy UK Distributors (Vital Air Devices). Made in Germany. See more at Spirovital Airnergy Therapy on YouTube.


Hi Alan, have been taking the above tonic for about 2 months and my eye doctor says he has never seen my eye look so healthy.  He did ask if it was possible for you to let me know what is in your tonic. I always find your herbal tonics amazing. Thank you so much, UK


The causes of these conditions aren't known exactly. But it has been established that high blood pressure, stress, overweight, and a history of immune system compromise contribute to the condition. The condition affects the middle of the vision in one or both eyes. Obesity worsens the condition and it can spread more quickly. To improve the condition and hold it back we recommend a healthy ketogenic diet (see my page on this where I speak about weight loss). Symptoms are blurry vision with crooked lines, colours are less bright, faded and illusions (seeing things that are not there).


Hi Alan, I have been taking the MD Tonic for wet MD in one eye and for 50 year old injury with severe scarring in the other.  After a few months I have been able to read two more lines on chart with both eyes.  I take ABC Daily tonic. Thank you so much. Maggie B


Along with the Macular Degeneration Herbal Tonic (order at our webstore) which contains specific herbs to protect the vision, improve healing and reduce the pressure and spread of the blood vessels under the retina, we also recommend omega 3s e.g. fish, nuts, like walnuts. Also regular exercise and herbs to reduce high blood pressure (Heart and Circulation Herbal Tonic, order on our webstore). Do not smoke! Lose excess weight (or lose your sight). Also take extra vitamin C (at least 500mg, and up to 5g per day). Vitamin A (beta carotene. Vitamin E (400IU). Lutein 10mg). Zeaxanthin 2mg. Zinc 80mg. Copper 2mg. Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, also green and red leafy veggies. Turmeric also helps. Also greatly recommended is our 110 plus herbal powder mixture: ABC Daily Herbal Powder. ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus

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Hi Alan, thank you so much for your advice about the Macula Degeneration Tonic and other Supplements.  I shall continue to take the tonic as I am sure it is keeping my eye dry and no doubt improving its general health.  I do find your herbs extremely effective, thanks again and very best wishes  Maggie B. England


Here's my special smoothie to enhance your eyesight and eye health
Optimum Eye Health Green Smoothie
Put in your Optimum blender (or any blender):
1 cup orange juice (or apple juice)
2 cups of curly kale
1/4 cup fresh black currents
1/4 cup fresh bilberries
1-2 whole fresh carrots
1/2 an apple
1/2 cup fresh garden peas
1/2 an orange
1/2 an avocado
1Tbsp almonds
1/2 Tbsp cashews
Blend on high for 30-45 seconds.
See if you don't love that!

(if you've made too much put it in a container in the freezer for later)

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ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK

• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.


Pregnant/Breast-feeding mothers

Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Volatile Oils

Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.


A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.

Breast-feeding mothers

A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.

Paediatric Use

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.

Perioperative use

The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK


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