Those of you suffering from Graves’ Eye Disease will know how debilitating it is. Coping with day to day events like driving a car, playing your favourite cash games at casinos online or going to the movies is a constant struggle. Prescribed drugs can have nasty side effects and conventional treatment options such as steroids and radiation are toxic and only nominally successful.
Fortunately, there are easy ways of managing the disease naturally. The trick is to persist with a multifaceted disease management program that not only deals with individual symptoms but tackles the core of the problem… and that, of course, is a hyperactive thyroid.
What is Grave’s Eye Disease?
Graves’ Eye Disease or Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is an auto-immune disease that’s linked to hyperthyroidism. The overproduction of thyroid hormones has all sorts of negative effects on the body – weight loss, insomnia, moodiness, tachycardia, excessive sweating, heat intolerance, constant tiredness, and hair loss.
For whatever reason, the hormonal imbalance also triggers inflammation of the optic muscles and the fatty tissue behind the eyes. The result? Inflamed eyes that effectively bulge out of the sockets.
In addition to blurred and impaired vision, swollen and irritated eyes and pressure headaches, the emotional and psychological scarring associated with the pop-eyed look is one of the most difficult aspects of the disease to deal with.
So, how do you treat Graves’ Eye Disease naturally? With supplements, tinctures, tips, and tricks… and plenty of patience of course! Here are the fundamental steps to health and wellness:
Boost the Immune System
Your first step to optimal good health is to boost your immune system. Like so many other chronic conditions, Graves’ Eye Disease is an autoimmune disease. By strengthening the immune system, you have the best chance of beating the disease… for good.
Try and incorporate natural antioxidants into your diet – blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, walnuts, beans, and artichokes. Supplement these disease-busting foods with a daily dose of natural astaxanthin, a nutrient sourced from Hawaiian kelp that’s reputed to be the most powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant on earth. Astaxanthin is available in capsule form at health stores and pharmacies worldwide.
In addition to astaxanthin, we strongly recommend a daily dose of selenium. The mineral has been enormously successful in building up the immune systems of people suffering from HIV/Aids. Selenium has also proved to be highly effective in the treatment of Graves’ Eye Disease. The supplement is available in tablet form at large retail stores, drug stores, and health outlets.
Slash the Swelling with Natural Anti-Inflammatories
As Graves’ Eye Disease is caused by the swelling of muscles and tissue behind the eyes, the regular intake of one or more natural anti-inflammatories is vital. Turmeric paste – also known as Golden Paste – administered orally can help reduce the swelling and normalize the position of the eyes in the socket. You can find Golden Paste recipes online and make the paste yourself.
Medicinal cannabis is another excellent anti-inflammatory but be sure to take it in capsule form as smoking, in any form, is a red flag for people with Graves’ Eye Disease. I’ve found from personal experience that the non-hallucinogenic form of medicinal marijuana, commonly known as hemp, is the most effective elixir for sore bulging eyes.
Apply Heat and Ice to the Eyes and Raise Your Bed
We all know applying heat and ice to an injured tendon or muscle reduces swelling. The same technique can be used to moderate the inflammation behind the eyes. Simply drape a huggy or heat pad across the eyes for about 5 to 10 minutes and then swop the heat pad with an ice pack. The combination of heat and cold not only tempers the inflammation, it relaxes and soothes the eyes. Repeat the process at least three times a day.
Raising the top end of your bed by interesting bricks under each side is another helpful tip for sufferers of Graves’ Eye Disease. It stops the blood from running to your head while you sleep, thereby alleviating the pressure and stiffness behind the eyes!
Take Thyreosan Tincture to Normalise Thyroid Function
If you’re as adverse to chemicals as I am then you’ll want a natural alternative to carbimazole, the go-to medicine typically prescribed by doctors and endocrinologists for hyperthyroidism. Thyreosan is one such alternative and is a homeopathic tincture with bugleweed as its key ingredient.
Just 10 drops of the tincture two to three times a day can help dampen the thyroid and normalize thyroid function. The easiest way to assess the efficacy of Thyreosan is to test the thyroid hormone levels in the blood before you start administering the tincture and then compare the results with blood tests taken three to four months later. You’ll be surprised at the positive results!
Choose an Alkaline Diet
The adage ‘we are what we eat’ is particularly relevant to people suffering from autoimmune diseases like Graves’ Eye Disease. A healthy gut is paramount to good health and an alkaline diet coupled with the daily intake of probiotics is central to good gut health.
By cutting out wheat, sugar and dairy products and predominantly eating free-range chicken and lamb and fresh fruit and vegetables, especially green vegetables like kale, spinach, and broccoli, you’ll be in the best possible position to fight disease and maximize great good health!