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The eye, a complex and delicate organ designated for the mechanism of vision by means of structures that make it optically equivalent to a camera. It transforms light in information that reaches the brain in the form of electrical impulses. When we look at an object, the light coming from it enters our eyes and passes through a number of natural lenses – the cornea, the crystalline lens and the vitreous body, equivalent to the camera lens – , and is then focused on the retina (the “photographic film”).
The complexity and diversity of elements that contribute to its functionality make it particularly delicate; if one then considers that the organ interacts with the external world, it is clear how vulnerable it can be to aggressions of different kinds (bacterial, viral, atmospheric, foreign bodies, etc.). The retina relays information to the brain by sending electrical impulses through a biological cable: the optic nerve.
The protective function is taken care of by conjunctiva, eyelids and related glands. The conjunctive is a thin, transparent mucosa covering the front surface of the eye and the inner walls of the eyelids; its defensive function of the cornea is made possible not only thanks to a purely mechanical action (through a homogeneous distribution of the tear fluid), but also owing to the secretion of antibodies (IgA and IgG) and to substances with an antibacterial action (lysozyme). The eyelids, with their movements, contribute to adjust the quantity of light entering the eye, protecting it from too intensive illumination. They spread the tear film on the conjunctiva, allowing it to be constantly moistened and preventing dehydration. The gland system is mainly in charge of producing the tear film so as to obtain the right balance between the aqueous and lipidic components of tear fluid, thereby avoiding a too rapid evaporation which would expose the eye to dryness.
At times, the eye is not sufficiently equipped to protect itself from microbial, physical and chemical agents, allergens, foreign bodies, etc.; several problems can therefore arise, according to the variables and to the part of the eye involved.
The ear is the hearing organ and can be divided into 3 parts:
- the outer ear, consisting in the earcup and ear canal, which collects the sound waves;
- the middle ear, formed by the tympanic cavity and tympanic membrane, auditory bones (hammer, anvil and stirrup) and by the Eustachean tube, receives the vibrations produced by the sound waves and conveys them to the inner ear;
- the inner ear, comprising the labyrinth, formed by the vestibular system regulating the sense of balance and by the cochlea, sensorineural hearing organ, conveys the stimuli of vibrations to the brain and it is where the sense of balance is located.
This anatomical district is also sometimes prone to problems of different types, from the build-up of earwax to painful otitis media.
It is therefore vital to have effective natural remedies available to successfully treat the different affections, each with an approach targeted to eradicate the cause of the problem, using suitable means considering the specific anatomical district involved.
Chalazion is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids, involving a swelling due to the obstruction of the Meibomian gland. This disorder is often associated with chronic blepharitis.
If orifices of the glands along the eyelid margin are blocked, sebaceous secretion spreads across the inner part of the eyelid, causing the typical swelling. This situation can occur as a consequence of the chronicisation of an internal stye. In fact, Chalazion can initially be confused with stye. After a few days, the acute inflammation calms down but a roundish, painless mass on the eyelid become gradually bigger. The mass can also be found in the lower eyelid close to the inner corner of the eye: in this case chronic dacryiocystitis must be excluded (inflammation of the lacrimal sac).
Treatment of Chalazion with conventional medicine
In case of Chalazion, conventional medicine prescribes ophthalmic ointments based on antibiotics or cortisone; if, however, the swelling does not regress within a few days, it is possible to resort to small infiltrations of cortisone or, in more serious cases, to surgical removal.
However, as is well known, the use/abuse of medicines with antibiotic action is not recommended unless strictly necessary, principally due to the risk of developing bacterial resistance and for potential sensitization. Cortisone-based medicines, instead, are contraindicated because of their immunosuppressant activity and therefore weaken the natural defenses of the eye, already undermined by Chalazion itself. Hence, to avoid the use of ophthalmic ointments, infiltrations of cortisone or even surgical intervention, application of compresses is more ueful, so as to reduce inflammation and congestion of the area. Nature can once more be of valuable help, in formulations of solutions that prove ideal for eye compresses.
Nature can help you solve the problem of Chalazion
A natural and effective approach
Chalazion is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids, due to the obstruction of Meibomian glands, often associated with chronic blepharitis.
Nature can once again be of great help, with the combination of essential plant constituents featuring an anti-inflammatory action, together with Grapefruit Seed Extract, thereby simultaneously ensuring antimicrobial protection.
GSE and Chalazion
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 its being harmless and highly selective, it does not bear a significant impact on physiological flora, unlike conventional antibiotics.
GSE therefore represents an essential element to prevent that Chalazion, by causing an alternation of the eyeball’s physiology (obstructed Meibomian glands cause poorer lacrimation and poorer lubrication of the eyeball, as a consequence), may develop into an infectious process, owing to the environmental pathogens attacking the eye.
For the above-mentioned considerations, in association with specific plant extracts with marked decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties, GSE in solutions for ophthalmic use enables the following actions:
direct and specific action at the level of eyelids and eye contour, with an antimicrobial, decongestant, analgesic, antipruriginous and markedly anti-inflammatory action.
Nature can help you with…
Grapefruit Seed Extract: as already highlighted, results obtained regarding the efficacy of Grapefruit Extract as an antimicrobial confirm GSE as the ideal remedy for this specific eye affection. Synergy of specific plant extracts, featuring decongestant and soothing properties, make the 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 types 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, while 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, and 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 definitive approach against Chalazion, can be further supported by specific remedies indicated for:
- Local, synergic action aimed at providing an effective solution of eye affections: a solution based on GSE, distilled water of Euphrasia, Chamomile and Calendula, together with Hydroxyethylcellulose, in eyedrops.
- 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.