Also known as Pink Eye, conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva or covering over the white of the eye. Causes - bacterial, fungal, or allergic reactions. It can be very contagious. It can be from eyestrain or results of other diseases. Symptoms are sore swollen eyes with puss and mucus discharge that can give the eyes shut in the morning upon waking, sensitivity to light, and dry, burning, redness. Pink eye is often connected with fevers or colds, flu, pneumonia, etc.
Medical treatment uses antibiotics for infectious type and may use steroid drops. They have side effects and some may recur as only symptoms are treated. They can't treat the viral type. Always check with your eye doctor if symptoms persist.
From the natural perspective it is an outcome of an imbalance of the immune system. The Chinese say it is a liver imbalance. Clean up the liver and the eyes get better through herbs cell salts, or homeopathics. The right remedy usually will clear up the problem within 24 hours.
Herbs for Pink Eye - Conjunctivitis
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Herb combinations for internal usage are to support the eyes and liver:
Dave’s Liver Formula to support the liver.
Dr. Christopher's Herbal eyebright formula to support the eyes and liver.
Use an eyecup, drops in the eyes, or an eye compress of some of the following herbs. Include one or more herbs together. Make a tea of 1 teaspoon of the cut herb to 8 ounces of water. Boil and pour over the herbs and use lukewarm or cool. Use Arnica flowers Chamomile flowers or Fennel seed or Eyebright externally.
Cell Salts to Help with Pink Eye
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#3 Calc sulph 6X – thick yellow discharge, cornea ulcers
#4 Ferr phos 6X – acute or traumatic without discharges, red, painful
#11 Nat sulph 6X – sensitive to light, burning, hot, granular feeling, and for liver support
Pink Eye Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Aconite - after exposure to cold wind, dust or surgery.
Allium cepa – inflammatory conjunctivitis, sharp, irritating nasal secretions. Better in the open; worse warmth.
Apis - eyelids are puffy and inflamed, heat feeling, stinging, burning pains, feelings of foreign body, hot body, thirsty, extreme photophobia better for cool; worse for warmth.
Argentum nit - chronic conjunctivitis, inflammation w, desire sweets. Burning, splinter feeling, pus, eyes glued in morning, raw meat looking. Worse for warmth, better cool, fresh air.
Arsenicum album - conjunctivitis, especially old, weak patients that have chronic diseases. Restless at night with high thirst. Burning pains with irritating tears, lids and cheeks can be very sore. Better warmth.
Belladonna - high fever, dilated pupils, use after ophthalmologist appointment. Redness, grittiness, discharge.
Calendula - after exposure to cold wind, dust or surgery.
Euphrasia - red swollen, burning, itching. Tears are sharp and sore. Photophobia - epidemic measles conjunctivitis.
Pulsatilla - better cold on eye. Bland yellow discharge spreading to other eye, worse at night with measles.
Ruta - eye strain, computer operator
Source: Dave's Healing Notes