As stated in the earlier post, there is no cure for glaucoma natural or otherwise. The aim of all treatments are to control the glaucoma by stoppping or slowing progression.
The single most important strategy for slowing or controlling glaucoma is reducing intraocular pressure. This is true regardless of whether intraocular pressure is high or within a normal range before treatment is commenced. In terms of natural therapies, there is a herbal extract that has been trialled in Europe that has shown promise in terms of its ability to reduce intraocular pressure. It is called Mirtogenol and contains Bilberry extract and French Maritime bark extract. Two studies have shown that it is able reduce intraocular pressures to levels usually achieved by medications and when the Mirtogenol and standard medications are combined - the effect is synergistic. I would stress that these studies only looked at intraocular pressure over a short term (3-6 months) and they do not provide evidence that Mirtogenol halts or slows glaucoma, but the results are interesting and encouraging. Unfortunately, Mirtogenol is not available in Australia at this time although a few of my patients have been able to obtain it through the internet.
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