Eyebright

18/Description

About

Eyebright is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Eyebright is taken by mouth to treat swollen (inflamed) nasal passages, allergies, hay fever, common cold, bronchial conditions, and inflamed sinuses (sinusitis). It is also used for cancer, coughs, “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), earaches, epilepsy, headaches, hoarseness, inflammation, jaundice, runny nose, skin ailments, and sore throat.

Despite serious risk of infection, some people apply eyebright directly to the eye in the form of a lotion, poultice, or eye bath to treat a variety of conditions including conjunctivitis; inflammation of the eyelids at the edge of the lashes (blepharitis); eye fatigue; inflammation of the blood vessels, eyelids and conjunctiva; and for "glued" and inflamed eyes. Eyebright is also applied to the eyes to prevent mucous and mucous membrane inflammation of the eyes.

In foods, eyebright is used as a flavoring ingredient.

Historically, eyebright has been used in British Herbal Tobacco, which was smoked for on-going lung conditions and colds.

How it works

The chemicals in eyebright might act as astringents and kill bacteria.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

Early research suggests that applying one drop of eyebright eye drops (WALA Heilmittel GmbH, Eck-walkden/Bad Boll) up to five times per day for 2 weeks helps increase the rate of recovery from pink eye.

Inflamed nasal passages
Inflamed sinuses (sinusitis)
Colds
Allergies
Coughs
Earaches
Headache
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly safe

Eyebright is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth

Possibly unsafe

However, when used directly on the eye, eyebright is POSSIBLY UNSAFE and is not recommended. It can be contaminated and cause eye infections. Side effects of eyebright tincture include confusion, headache, tearing, itching, redness, vision problems, sneezing, nausea, toothache, constipation, cough, trouble breathing, trouble sleeping (insomnia), sweating, and others.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking eyebright if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?

Diabetes: Eyebright might lower blood sugar in some people. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use eyebright.

Surgery: Eyebright might lower blood sugar in some people. In theory, eyebright might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using eyebright at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Eyebright might lower blood sugar in some people. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking eyebright with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

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