Alternative Treatments for Macular Degeneration

Try these alternative treatments for macular degeneration, includes Q and A with leading natural health experts.

| September/October 2005

These alternative treatments for macular degeneration include herbal, supplement and dietary suggestions to help with this particular eye problem.

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Alternative Treatments for Macular Degeneration

Are there any herbs, foods or supplements that can help with macular degeneration? Thank you.
Los Angeles

Keville responds: A number of herbs can help delay the progression of macular degeneration. Several formulas incorporating these herbs are available in health-food stores. One of the foremost herbs to consider is bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). Its use for macular degeneration and other eye disorders is backed by excellent research. It contains flavonoids called anthocyanosides that strengthen blood vessels and connective tissue and improve circulation in the eye. Bilberry is most available in capsules.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) stimulates blood flow not only to the brain to help you think better, but also to the eyes, making it a good herb to try for macular degeneration.

Chinese medicine practitioners connect good eye health with the liver. They recommend taking liver-en- hancing herbs, such as bupleurum (Bupleurum chinense).

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