Euphrasia - herbaceous plant belonging to the family figwort. Eyebright can be found on the edges, meadows, among shrubs, in peatlands and on roadsides. Simple red-brown stem is covered with short hairs eyebright and reaches a height of 50 cm. Small egg-shaped leaves with jagged edges eyebright distinguished from other green forest dwellers. The pale purple flowers are in the axils of bracts, and form an inflorescence at the tip of the stem. It blooms from June to Euphrasia autumn.

The first reviews eyebright and applying its therapeutic properties dating back XIX century. Even then, eyebright used in folk medicine as a remedy for the treatment of eye diseases. In addition, traditional healers in ancient times have been used as a means of eyebright a headache, cough, catarrh, disease of the stomach, and to improve appetite.

However, contraindications to the use of Eyebright and her, as well as some damage from excessive use of it, have been seen already.

The composition and useful properties of eyebright

The rich composition of the plant represented a wide list of nutrients included in its composition:

  • essential oils;
  • Fatty oils;
  • Glycosides;
  • Resins;
  • Bitterness;
  • Tannins;
  • Coumarins;
  • Saponins;
  • Anthocyanins;

Positive reviews eyebright as an excellent means for the health caused by an extensive list of trace elements present in the composition of this humble plant. Thus, a composition composed of the following micronutrients euphrasy:

  • Manganese;
  • Magnesium;
  • Silicon;
  • Copper;
  • Chromium and others.

With these components, eyebright has the following properties:

  • Antihypertensive;
  • Calming;
  • Binder;
  • The anti-inflammatory.

However, referring to the rich chemical composition and numerous medicinal properties, do not forget about some contraindications to Euphrasia.

Application eyebright

For medicinal purposes harvest the aboveground part of the plant during flowering. The use as drugs euphrasy performed using these plant parts:

  • Stem;
  • Leaves;
  • Flowers.

Pounded dried leaves are used in powder form, the infusion is used internally and externally. The most common eyebright used in eye diseases. The use eyebright in this case there is both internally and externally.

According to numerous reviews of eyebright in the treatment of eye diseases it is taken orally in the form of tinctures and infusions, powder, tea. Outwardly infusions and decoctions are used in the form of compresses, lotions, drops and eye baths.

Thus, it is possible to cure such diseases as:

  • Inflammation of eyes and eyelids;
  • Spots on the cornea;
  • Inflammation of the lacrimal sacs.

Application eyebright also produced for the treatment and prevention of many eye diseases:

  • Conjunctivitis;
  • Blepharitis;
  • Dacryocystitis;
  • Increased intraocular pressure;
  • Cataracts;
  • After the trauma of the eyeball;
  • Trachoma;
  • Age-related decline in vision.

Also, because of reviews on eyebright know that this plant is used for the following health problems:

  • Digestive disorders;
  • Increased acidity of the stomach;
  • Qatar stomach;
  • Jaundice;
  • Rheumatism;
  • Sore throat;
  • Lack of appetite.

In the treatment of the above diseases, it is necessary to comply with especially careful not to forget the contraindications to Euphrasia, especially in the presence of chronic diseases.

Apply eyebright to treat respiratory infections, sore throats, flu, pneumonia, bronchial asthma. Reviews eyebright from people who helped just such a therapy show that this plant has been used successfully to treat inflammation of the bronchial mucosa, accompanied by cough with viscous secretion, with hoarseness of voice.

Widely used in the Euphrasia pustular skin diseases, eczema and childhood diathesis, fever, skin tuberculosis in children. Widespread use of Euphrasia found in liver diseases, gastroenteritis, hepatitis, colitis. Efficacy eyebright noted at absent-mindedness, decrease or loss of memory.

Euphrasia contains cardiac glycosides and has a hypotensive and vasodilating effects, so it is included in many herbal heart. The aqueous extract euphrasy constricts blood vessels, increases blood pressure, stimulates and increases the heart muscle. But do not forget about some contraindications to Euphrasia, especially its ability to reduce blood pressure.

There are many reviews on eyebright as an excellent means to stimulate the appetite. This method often helps with exhaustion and degeneration. However, in this case, contraindications eyebright is particularly relevant, as they may cause deterioration. This may be due to non-compliance with the medication dosage.

When inflammation of the vocal cords, colds, flu, bronchitis, accompanied by sputum difficult to take eyebright in the form of tea.

The powder of the herb eyebright used for dusting wounds. Also, powders and poultices are used in the king's evil, felon, warts, cancer, dermatitis, abscesses.

When pustular skin lesions using baths of decoction of eyebright. Decoctions and infusions are used in neurodermatitis, eczema and diathesis in children.

Euphrasia is capable of lowering the acidity of gastric juice, so it is used in hyperacidity gastritis.

Dry extract eyebright stimulates the regeneration of the liver with hepatitis.

Decoction of eyebright well wash your hair to improve hair growth. Numerous reviews eyebright show a significant positive effect on hair loss and baldness. In addition, there are reviews of eyebright as a means to combat dandruff and seborrhea.  Eyebright

In alternative medicine Euphrasia found its application in the treatment of many diseases still:

  • Hypertension;
  • Migraine;
  • Runny nose;
  • Epilepsy;
  • Allergies;
  • Constipation;
  • Cystitis;
  • Rhinitis;
  • Asthma;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • headache;
  • Neurosis.

Contraindications eyebright

Do not take drugs, made on the basis of eyebright, if there is a disease in a patient with reduced gastric acidity.

In the case of hypersensitivity to the substances included in the eyebright, its application is inadmissible.

You should know and remember that the infusion of eyebright can significantly lower blood pressure. That is why, when hypotension should be particularly careful.

Some reviews eyebright patients taking drugs on the basis of this plant for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases, provide information about the deterioration of general well-being. This is due to the fact that the application euphrasy occurs without additional factors (comorbidities et al.).

Doctors do not recommend the use of Eyebright pregnant women and children up to 3 years. There are reviews eyebright when young children after applying eyebright reduced pressure.

In the case of non-compliance with contraindications to Euphrasia, there may be additional health problems.