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What are the different home remedies for conjunctivitis?

ABOUT CONJUNCTIVITIS
• Conjunctivitis refers to an inflammation of the conjunctiva which is a thin transparent membrane covering the front of the eye.
• This is also referred to as having ‘sore eyes’.
• It is a very common form of eye trouble.
• It spreads from person to person through direct Contact.
• Overcrowding, dirty surroundings and unhealthy living conditions can cause this epidemic.

Conjunctivitis Symptoms
• Eyeball and underside of the eyelids become inflammed.
• Pus formation.

Causes of Conjunctivitis
• Bacterial or virus infection or eyestrain.
• Catarrhal condition of the system from general toxaemia.

Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis
1. Conjunctivitis treatment using Vegetable Juices
• Raw juices of certain vegetables, especially carrots and spinach, have been found valuable in treating conjunctivitis.
• The combined juices of these two vegetables have proved very effective.
• 200 ml of spinach juice should be mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice and is to be taken daily.
• Raw parsley (prajmoda) juice-200 ml, mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice has also been found beneficial.

2. Conjunctivitis treatment using Indian Gooseberry
• The juice of the Indian gooseberry, mixed with honey, is useful in treating conjunctivitis.
• A cup of this juice should be taken mixed with two teaspoons of honey.
• Take it twice daily in treating this condition.

3. Conjunctivitis treatment using Vitamins
• Vitamins A and B2 have proved useful in treating conjunctivitis.
• The patient should take liberal quantities of natural foods that are rich in these two vitamins.

Foods rich in vitamin A are
– Wholemilk
– Yoghurt
– Butter
– Carrots
– Pumpkin
– Green leafy vegetables
– Tomatoes
– Mangoes
– Papaya

Foods rich in vitamin B2 are
– Green leafy vegetables
– Milk
– Almonds
– Citrus fruits
– Bananas
– Tomatoes

4. Conjunctivitis treatment using Coriander
• A decoction prepared with a handful of dried coriander in 60 ml of water is an excellent eye-wash when having conjunctivitis.
• It is said to relieve burning and reduces pain and swelling.
• This decoction should be sparingly used by persons who are suffering from bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Conjunctivitis Diet
– Take fresh fruit diet, avoid bananas
• The best way to commence treatment for conjunctivitis is to adopt an exclusive fresh fruit diet for a week.
• Take three meals a day which consists of fresh, juicy seasonal fruits.
• Bananas should not be taken.
• Those with acute conjunctivitis should undertake a juice fast for about three or four days.

– All-fruit diet followed by a restricted diet of chapatis, nuts etc
• The short juice fast may be followed by an all-fruit diet for a further seven days.
• The patient may adopt a restricted diet.
• This diet should consist of fresh fruits, raw mixed-vegetable salad, whole wheat bread or wheat tortilla and steamed vegetables, and nuts.

– Avoid starchy and sugary foods, refined cereals, strong tea ans coffee
• The patient should avoid an excessive intake of starchy and sugary foods.
• white bread, refined cereals, potatoes, puddings, sugar, jams, confectionery, meats, fatty foods, strong tea and coffee, too much salt, condiments, and sauces are the foods that the patient should avoid.

Other Conjunctivitis Treatments
• Warm-water enema.
• Cold water fomentation of the eyes.
• Relaxing, strengthening of eyes by doing eye exercises.

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