Conjunctivitis also known as sore eyes is one of the most common troubles of the eye. It refers to the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent membrane covering the front of the eye. It is infectious and spreads by direct contact from one person to the other. Unhealthy living conditions, overcrowding and dirty surroundings can cause epidemics of this ailment.
The primary symptoms of conjunctivitis are dry, red and burning eyes. The underside of the eyelids and eyeball become inflamed and there is pus formation during more advanced stages. This material dries during sleep making the eyelashes stick together.
The common causes of conjunctivitis according to modern medical science results from viruses, bacterial infection or eye strain. Excessive use of eyes in one way or the other and prolonged work under artificial light are other contributory causes of this disease. The real cause of conjunctivitis however results from the toxemic condition of the body brought about by faulty style of living and wrong feeding habits. The patient generally suffers from common cold or other ailments that indicate a general catarrhal condition.
Nature Cure for Conjunctivitis: Use of suppressive ointments and salves for conjunctivitis does not remove the basic cause of this disease. It therefore becomes necessary to take a constitutional treatment.
The treatment should first commence by a thorough cleansing of the system and adoption of natural laws in diet and general living. This alone can effectively eliminate conjunctivitis.
The patient should first begin with an exclusive diet of fresh fruits such as orange, apples, pears, pineapple, grapes and grapefruit for about six days. All other foodstuffs and bananas should be totally avoided during this regimen.
Persons who have a serious trouble should undertake a juice fast for about four days. The procedure is to take the juice of orange in a glass of lukewarm water every two hourly throughout the day. Carrot juice can also be taken if orange juice does not agree. No other foodstuffs should be taken during this fast. A warm water enema should be administered daily during this period for cleansing the bowels.
The patient should thereafter switch to an all fruit diet for further six days. After this the patient can take a well balanced diet. Under this scheme fresh fruits except bananas should be taken during breakfast. Lunch should consist of raw vegetable salad mixed with chapatti and butter. One or two steamed vegetables, other than potatoes with fresh fruits and nuts should be taken during dinner.
Foods such as strong tea, strong coffee, refined cereals, puddings, white bread, pies, confectioneries, meat, condiments and pickles should be avoided by the patient suffering from conjunctivitis.
Raw juices of certain vegetables especially spinach and carrot have been found to be very beneficial in the treatment of conjunctivitis. The proportions are 300ml carrot juice mixed with 200ml spinach juice to finally make half a litre combination.
Use of certain vitamins such as Vitamin A and B2 has also been found effective in the treatment of conjunctivitis. The patient should take liberal quantities of natural foods rich in these two vitamins such as butter, carrots, whole milk, curds, pumpkin, mangoes, tomatoes, papaya and green leafy vegetables. Valuable sources of Vitamin B2 are almonds, milk, green leafy vegetables, bananas, citrus fruits and tomatoes.
In addition to this the patient should also perform certain eye exercises such as moving the eyes gently up and down, from side to side in a circle, clockwise and anti clockwise; rotating to side and in a circle and semi circles and briskly moving the shoulders clockwise and anti clockwise.
Thus it can be said that use of various natural treatments has been found to be very valuable and useful in the treatment and cure of conjunctivitis and related eye disorders.