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Eye health: A traditional Chinese medicine perspective

Understanding eye health

We ask a lot of our eyes these days. Long hours peering at screens, lifestyles that lack sufficient rest or are perhaps overly sedentary, high stress levels, increased exposure to environmental pollutants and diets that may be lacking in the nutrients needed to nourish them all have an impact on our eye health and vision.

Likewise, conditions that affect the eyes such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes are on the rise. The most common eye conditions are age related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and retinitus pigmentosa. Of these, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of sight loss for those under fifty in the UK and AMD the chief for the over sixties (1). While genetic factors play an important part in many eye pathologies, there is still so much we can do to support our eye health and TCM can be a wonderful adjuvant to this.   

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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