Special senses (eyes, ears, tongue, nose)

Naturopathic Causes & Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa

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Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of genetic eye conditions. In the progression of symptoms for RP, night blindness generally precedes tunnel vision by years or even decades. Many people with RP do not become legally blind until their 40s or 50s and retain some sight all their life. Others go completely blind from RP, in some cases as early as childhood. Progression of RP is different in each case. From a naturopathic perspective there is a plethora of dietary, lifestyle, supplement and herbal medicine advice that will address the causes of retinitis pigmentosa, alleviate the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Please see Carahealth Eye Health

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Naturopathic Causes & Treatment of Glaucoma

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve involving loss of retinal ganglion resulting in death of the optic nerve cells, which is known as optic neuropathy. Raised intraoccular pressure is a significant risk factor for developing glaucoma. One person may develop nerve damage at a relatively low pressure, while another person may have high eye pressure for years and yet never develop damage. Untreated glaucoma leads to permanent damage of the optic nerve and resultant visual field loss, which can progress to blindness. From a naturopathic perspective there is a plethora of dietary, lifestyle and supplement and herbal medicine advice that will address the causes of glaucoma, alleviate the symptoms and halt the progression of the disease

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Chinese Medicine & the Eyes

Spring is the time to focus on the liver. The liver is associated with Qi and blood, energy, muscles, tendons and ligaments, movement and menstruation. The liver is also involved with the health of the eyes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM, in order to treat the eyes, one must treat the liver. Dietary, lifestyle, supplement and herbal medicine advice that can be prescribed to improve nutrient blood flow to the eyes to improve eye health and function.

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Eyes our Window to the Soul

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Our eyesight is precious. Often taken for granted until something goes wrong, our eyes provide a way for us to see the world and for the world to see us. One of the greatest problems we are faced with as an aging population is eye disease. Diseases such as diabetes and heart disease can cause damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish our eyes, leading to damage to the eye. The sun takes its toll too and although we don’t necessarily get too much here, on holidays we can get sun damage. As an aging population, we are faced with increasing levels of cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and pterygium, all eye diseases. We hear that we are at risk of these things and how important it is to get tested but what exactly can we do to prevent eye disease?

Spring is the time to focus on the liver. As I mentioned last week, the liver is associated with Qi and blood, energy, muscles, tendons and ligaments, movement and menstruation. The liver is also involved with the health of the eyes. To treat the eyes one must treat the liver.

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