How to Treat Cataracts with Herbal Remedies

A cataract is a clouding and hardening of the eye's lens.
A cataract is a clouding and hardening of the eye's lens. (Image:

A cataract is a clouding and hardening of the lens of the eye, causing muscle spasms, weakness and loss of vision. It is a reversible condition that affects about 5 million people each year and is common among those 60 to 70 years of age and older. Cataracts are commonly treated by surgery. However, the procedure usually must be repeated in a few years. It is possible, with the use of herbs and natural remedies, to manage cataracts. It's also been reported that the condition may be reversed with natural therapies. Read more for help.

Things You'll Need

  • Natural food supplements (see steps)
  • Herb guide
  • Essential oils (see steps)

Eliminate fast food and any foods rich in saturated fats, sugar and high amounts of sodium from your diet. Replace them with whole foods rich in magnesium such as shellfish, whole grains, molasses, eggs and green vegetables. Magnesium promotes healthy blood and muscle function, a common deficiency in those who suffer from cataracts.

Drink 1 cup of green tea upon rising each morning. Green tea is loaded with health benefits and acts as an antioxidant and muscle enhancer. It also promotes cell rejuvenation and is believed to aid in strong eyesight.

Take 100 mg of bilberry extract with breakfast. Bilberry extract is a powerful herb high in flavonoids, tannins and anthocyanidins, which work together to help fight infection, strengthen the blood and muscles and help the lenses of the eye adapt to changes in light.

Drink a 12-ounce glass of carrot juice with lunch. Carrot juice contains beta carotene, which helps the body produce vitamin A, which is essential for strong eye function. Also, eat two handfuls of spinach for lunch and dinner. Spinach is also rich in vitamin A and promotes healthy muscles, which may have been weakened due to cataracts.

Take 2 Tbsp of crushed kelp before going to bed. Kelp is a sea green rich in vitamins and minerals. Its health benefits have been linked to healthy skin, blood, muscles and eyes. Dried sea greens can be bought in bulk at most health food stores and at some supermarkets.

Sit in a sauna or steam bath for 20 to 30 minutes each day for two weeks. If you do not have access to a sauna or steam room, take a hot bath and add 10 to 15 drops of fir or eucalyptus oil to the water. The steam from the essential oils will help clean your pores so your body can rid itself of toxins through the skin and stimulate your lungs for healthy blood flow.

Get a chiropractic adjustment at least once a week or as directed, for one month. Many health issues can be drastically improved by having your body adjusted. Misaligned muscles and bones are often the cause of an array of health conditions.

Stretch your muscles and joints each morning and before going to bed each night. Stretching promotes healthy blood flow and breathing and will prepare you for your day.

Tips & Warnings

  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day for at least 2 weeks.
  • Avoid long periods of direct sunlight exposure.
  • Reduce or eliminate smoking. Statistics continue to show that smokers are highly susceptible to cataracts.
  • Wear blue-blocking sunglasses while driving.
  • Consult with your doctor before making sudden dietary or lifestyle changes.
  • If you feel ill or have adverse reactions to any herbal remedy, stop taking it and call your doctor.
  • Avoid aspirin or pain killers that will thin your blood while under any treatment for cataracts.
  • Do not use antihistamines unless prescribed by your doctor.

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