Dacryocystitis

About the Disorder

Dacryocystitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the lacrimal sac, characterized by pain, reddening and oedema of the affected area, often accompanied by copious lacrimation and conjunctival vasodilation. The alteration of the lachrymal ducts often determines phlogistic processes that cause complications such as catarrhal conjunctivitis and blepharitis.

It is possible to distinguish various forms of dacryocystitis. In newborn babies,  a congenital obstruction of the lachrymal duct (called dacryostenosis) may occur: this leads to symptoms such as excessive lacrimation, palpebral oedema and discharge of pus after pressing the lacrimal sac. In general, the disorder tends to heal autonomously within 6 months. In adults, the inflammation is usually caused by pneumococci or streptococci and can take either acute or chronic forms.

 In the acute form, the subject presents symptoms such as pain in the are of the lacrimal sac, local reddening, oedema, discharge of pus. Over time, chronicisation can cause a narrowing and obstruction of the lacrimal ducts.

 Treatment of Dacryocystitis with conventional medicine 

Dacryocystitis is an affection with inflammatory or bacterial origin, against which official medicine normally employs cortisone-based drugs and antibiotics, especially for local use (eyewashed ans ophthalmic ointments) in order to placate the inflammatory process or eliminate pathogenic bacteria, both in case of Dacryiostenosis as well as in case of acute Dacryocystitis in adults. Antibiotic therapy can often turn out to be insufficient in the chronic form of Dacryocystitis, if not detrimental. Abuse of such medicines can, in fact, trigger a dangerous “vicious circle” leading to continuos relapses until surgical intervention becomes imperative. Surgical treatment aims at creating a connection between the lacrimal sac and the upper nasal meatus, thereby enabling outflow of tears.

Use and abuse of this type of medicines is therefore by no means recommended unless strictly necessary. Antibiotics turn out to be more harmful than curative for the organism, also due to well-known side effects causes: besides potentially leading to sensitization, they can also cause the insurgence of different types of bacterial resistance. Cortisone-based medicines, on the other hand, weaken the defenses of the eye, whose natural protective system has already debilitated been by Dacryiocystitis itself:  hence, the potential risk is of falling prey to further infections, particularly of the viral type. Over-the-counter eyewashes and decongestant compresses turn out to be far too mild and therefore ineffective in the attempt to solve the disorder. This is why it is so important to have valid alternatives available that offer efficacy while being totally free from side-effects.

Nature can help solve the problem of Dacryiocystitis

Our Approach

A natural and effective approach

Dacryocystitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the lacrimal sac, often causing phlogistic processes that lead to complications such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis.

Nature can once again be of great help, associating essential plant ingredients carrying anti-inflammatory action, together with the extraordinary properties of Grapefruit Seed Extract, thereby ensuring antimicrobial protection at the same time.

 GSE and Dacryiocystitis: efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract as a broad spectrum antimicrobial has been proven by Laboratories and Institutes worldwide.  Numerous testimonies confirm its validity and in terms of both efficacy and speed of action it remains unrivalled in nature.  Moroever, given the fact that it is totally harmless and highly selective against pathogens, it does not bear a significant impact on the intestine’s benefical flora (a typical phenomenon occurring with use of conventional antibiotics), thereby preserving its defensive functionality.

Hence, GSE proves to be of great usefulness in case of Dacryocytitis, particularly considering the fact that this disorder, as is well-known, can lead to the insurgence of complications, such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis of bacterial or viral origin. Due to the above considerations, GSE therefore represents the cornerstone of an extraordinarly effective approach against styes. Its association with specific plant extracts with decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties, in solutions for ophthalmic use, essentialy provides for two synergic actions:

 Due to the above considerations, GSE,  in association with specific plant with marked decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties, presented in a solution for ophthalmic use, can allow for the following actions:

  1. Direct action at eye level by means of a solution in eyedrops, which is at the same time antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and soothing, so as to counter the inflammatory and/or infectious process at the level of the lacrimal sac;
  2. Direct and specific action at the level of the eyelids and eye contour, offering antimicrobial, decongestant, analgesic, antipruriginous and markedly anti-inflammatory action.

This approach, associated as always with a healthy lifestyle (in terms of diet, but not only), includes the use of natural remedies that are well known in folk tradition and the efficacy of which in providing an opportunity to solve the problem has been confirmed by recent studies.

  1. For direct action at eye level by means of a solution in eyedrops, which is at the same time antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and soothing, so as to counter the inflammatory and/or infectious process at the level of the lacrimal sac…

Nature can help you with…

Grapefruit Seed Extract: as already highlighted, results obtained regarding efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) towards over 800 bacterial strains, confirm GSE as the ideal remedy for this specific eye disorder. Its synergy with specific plant extracts, featuring decongestant and soothing properties, makes the formulations effective and safe to use.

Euphrasia (distilled water): belonging to the family of Scrophulariaceae, the most significant constituents of its phytocomplex are iridoid glucosides (aucubin in particular), conferring marked properties as an ophthalmic astringent. Such action, together with the anti-inflammatory properties, make it ideal for ophthalmic affections of various kinds

Chamomile (distilled water): it belongs to the family of Asteraceae. Its flowers, rich in active constituents such as chamazulene, α-bisabolol, apigenin and luteolin,  have decongestant, soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory properties (numerous studies have highlighted that such activity is linked to its ability to inhibit the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes).

Calendula (distilled water): belonging to the family of Asteraceae, it is rich in triterpene derivatives, mainly responsible for its marked anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. Other constituents are carotenoids, numerous resins, flavonoids, polysaccharides and mucilages, markedly bioadhesive on the skin and mucosae and contributing for this reason to the plant’s health properties. The most significant actions carried out are: anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, immunomodulating, antimicrobial, cicatrizing, analgesic, lenitive and decongestant.

Hydroxyethyl cellulose: this is a polymer with mucous-like characteristics, capable of stabilising tear film on the eye surface, creating a protective, transparent and viscoelastic shield, as well as limiting the loss of water from the tear film.

The ideal means for application on the eye of such ingredients is a solution in eye drops.

  1. For direct and specific action at the level of the eyelids and eye contour, offering antimicrobial, decongestant, analgesic, antipruriginous and markedly anti-inflammatory action…

Nature can help you with…

Grapefruit Seed Extract: as already highlighed, results obtained regarding the efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) against over 800 bacterial strains, confirm GSE to be the ideal remedy for this particular eye affection. Its synergy with specific plant extracts, featuring decongestant and soothing properties, makes this formulation effective and safe to use.

 Calendula (distilled water): belonging to the family of Asteraceae, it is rich in triterpene derivatives, mainly responsible for its marked anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. Other constituents are carotenoids, numerous resins, flavonoids, polysaccharides and mucilages, markedly bioadhesive on the skin and mucosae and contributing for this reason to the plant’s health properties. The most significant actions carried out are: anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, immunomodulating, antimicrobial, cicatrizing, analgesic, lenitive and decongestant.

 Nymphaea: parts used for officinal purposes are flowers and rhizome, both rich in alkaloids (nymphein and nymphalin), gallic acid, tannic acid and mucilages. Applied on skin and mucosae, it is very useful for the treatment of irritative and inflammatory type of dermatological affections.  Health properties of Nymphaea on the skin are attributable to high concentration levels of gallic and tannic acids, capable of considerably reducing erythema, itching, oedema, exerting a marked anti-inflammatory action in general. Nymphein and Nymphalin alkaloids, instead, convey the analgesic and sedative properties of the plant. Moreover, thanks to its mucilages, Nymphaea acts as an emollient and enables considerable increase of cutaneous hydration.

Elderberry: parts mostly employed for external use are its flowers, extremely rich in chemical constituents, among which mucilages play a key role, with their marked emollient and lenitive action, as well as flavonoids (kaempferol, astragalin, rutin, quercetin, isoquercetin, iperoside) due to their anti-inflammatory action. In phytotherapy, preparations are obtained using active constituents from Elderberry flower extracts, for ophthalmic applications in case of eye affections of different kinds.

 Altea: a plant belonging to the family of Malvaceae, featuring marked anti-inflammatory, emollient, calming, lenitive, decongestant and antipruriginous properties. In phytotherapy, the part mostly used is the root, extremely rich in mucilages and responsible for the beneficial effects on mucosae and skin. For external use, it is very effective in the treatment of eye inflammation owing to its marked anti-reddening and antipruriginous effect.

 All the above-mentioned ingredients, artfully blended in a specific solution for the eyelids and eye contour, can be conveyed in practical, mask-shaped eye compresses in non-woven fabric.

 The association of the above-described ingredients, essential to ensure a local approach against Dacryocystitis, can be further supported by specific remedies indicated for the following actions:

– Systemic action aimed at contrasting microbial infections and supporting the organism’s defensive system: for adults, GSE, Echinacea purpurea, Rhodiola, Uncaria and Melaleuca alternifolia in swallowable tablets; for children, GSE, Echinacea purpurea, Rhodiola, Uncaria and Morinda citrifolia (Noni), preferably in the drinkable version.

 A rebalancing action of the intestinal flora and simultaneous reinforcement of the organism’s natural defences: for adults, single use vials with measuring cap based on probiotics (B. bifidum, L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus), fructo-oligosaccharides, GSE, Uncaria and Morinda citrifolia (Noni); for children, single use vials with patented cap, based on probiotics (B. infantis, B. longum, L. Rhamnosus), fructo-oligosaccharides, GSE, Astragalus and Uncaria tomentosa.