On first glance, the eyes and liver have about as much in common as milk and champagne. And if you imbibed too much of the latter this holiday season, you may be excused for thinking that bubbly’s only link to eyesight is to induce drunken double vision.
Did you know that eye problems may indicate an unhealthy liver? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there is a strong relationship between the health of your liver and the health of your eyes. Improving the health of your liver can often help to prevent or ameliorate eye conditions.
According to TCM, liver blood deficiency can cause problems such as blurry vision and other vision problems, short-sightedness (myopia), dry eyes or floaters in the eyes. Excess liver heat can cause painful, burning and bloodshot eyes.
Blurry vision, Myopia, floaters in the eyes, dry eyes, or color blindness have been linked to liver blood deficiencies. Liver blood deficiency can be caused by scarring of the liver or anemia. Both of these problems prevent the flow of blood through the liver. Blood from the liver is believed to moisten and nourish the eyes.
Bloodshot eyes, pain, and burning sensations in the eyes are linked to liver heat. Liver heat is usually associated with an inflammation in the liver.
Your eyeball turning upwards or moving involuntarily has been linked with internal liver wind. Internal liver wind is normally associated with extreme heat in the liver. This can be caused by extreme high blood pressure or emotional stress.
Strange as it may seem, your liver and your eyes really are linked in many ways.
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Echoing the core principle of holistic medicine, Dr. Grossman declares, “The body does not work as a series of parts in isolation, but as a dynamically integrated living system. Every cell in the body has receptors for neurotransmitters, so in a real sense every cell is a nerve cell.… This biological awareness of every cell is really the foundation of vision.”
The webzine Natural News further explains: “A healthy liver is soft and open. This softness permits the free flow of blood and energy throughout the body directly to the eyes. A healthy liver keeps the blood clean and pure and thus directly improves eyesight.” Thus, when we rejuvenate the liver, we directly promote healthy vision. And the good news is, it’s actually quite easy—though maintaining a healthy liver is about more than just laying off the champers..
Traditional Chinese medicine holds that, to function optimally, the eyes require an abundance of yin essences (blood and other bodily fluids that moisten and nourish the organs and tissues). In this view, dry eyes reflect a yin deficiency. Natural News recommends combating dry eyes with such classic herbs as eyebright and goldenseal, which are very effective in clearing inflammation from the liver channel. Chinese herbs such as rehmannia and lycium also promote eye health by refreshing and maintaining the blood, as well as the yin essence that circulates to the eyes.
Perhaps it’s time you gave your liver a helping hand!
Recommendations for good eye and liver health:
Eat plenty of raw vegetables and make raw vegetable juices regularly. Vegetables contain a plethora of antioxidants that you cannot obtain any other way. Try to include as wide a variety of vegetables in your diet as possible, as the different pigments that give vegetables their color are powerful antioxidants. Fruit is beneficial too but should be limited to two pieces per day, as it is fairly high in sugar. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two specific antioxidants found in large quantities in the lens and retina of the eyes. Research has shown they help to reduce the risk of macular degeneration. These antioxidants are found in kale, spinach, broccoli, corn and egg yolks.
Avoid substances that you know are harmful to your liver, such as cigarettes, excess alcohol, sugar, junk food and cheap nasty vegetable oil and margarine. The healthiest oils to consume are olive oil, macadamia nut oil, cold pressed coconut oil and ghee.
Take a good quality liver tonic. In today’s polluted world your liver has to deal with a far greater quantity of toxins than if you were alive 100 years ago. Your diet will not always be perfect either; therefore a good liver tonic is essential. Livatone Plus contains the powerful herb St Mary’s thistle. This herb is an antioxidant, improves liver detoxification and can even help to repair damaged liver cells.
Drink green tea regularly. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants and it helps to reduce the risk of developing a fatty liver.
Take a selenium supplement. Selenium is required for the production of the body’s own antioxidant glutathione. This improves detoxification and reduces the amount of toxins circulating in the bloodstream.
THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT OR CURE ANY DISEASES.