While doing acupuncture or acupressure massage may lead to temporary relief of the associated eye problems, we should also consider complementing it with traditional chinese medicine (TCM) herbs to maintain or improve our vision. There are quite a number of popular TCM herbs that are well-known to nourish our eyes.
One of the most popular TCM herbs that is great for our eyes is wolfberry fruit, also known as Goji. The Chinese name for this herb is 枸杞子. In TCM concept, wolfberry fruit helps to replenish the “kidney” essence and fluids of our body. Thus, it is particularly helpful for dry and lethargic eyes conditions. This herb can be taken raw or cooked as soup to strengthen our eyes.
Another famous herb known to aid with the eye-related diseases is cassia seeds. The Chinese name of these medicinal seeds is 决明子 (Jue Ming Zi). Cassia seeds have this amazing effect of tonifying the eyes and helping to deal with dry, strained vision. Other than promoting eye health, cassia seeds can also lower blood pressure, a valuable aid to patients suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure). Cassia seeds improve our digestive health as well.
The last herb that is good for our eyes is chrysanthemum flowers (菊花). This herb is very commonly used to remove “heat” from patients suffering from “heatiness” symptoms like sore throat, reddish complexion, yellowish urine, heavy sweating and cough. In fact, many people brew this herb for normal consumption and treat it as a home remedy when they face any of the symptoms mentioned above. However, a lot of people do not know that chrysanthemum flowers are also very beneficial for eye health. This herb is very useful for heaty eye-related conditions like sore, red and painful eyes.
So, next time when you consider alternative treatments for your eyes, try these herbs!