Eyes are one of the vital organs for the body because all objects will first be seen and caught by the eyes and then connected to the brain and throughout the body.
But the eyes are also organs that rather susceptible to health problems if not taken care of properly.
When eye health does not function properly, vision will also decrease, or worse, we cannot see an object perfectly so we have to use glasses.
Some diseases that can occur in the human eye are irritation, minus, glaucoma, and the most severe is blindness.
Treating eye pain can be done with the help of chemical drugs that are usually sold in pharmacies, or if it is severe, you can immediately go to the doctor for treatment.
But besides those two ways, there is another way that we can use to help cure eye pain, namely by using some herbal plants that are easy to find in our environment.
Here are some recommendations for herbal plants that are efficacious for eye health:
1. Red Betel Leaf
Red betel leaf is one of the herbal plants that is quite popular in the world of natural medicine, this is what makes many people plant betel leaves in their yards.
This red betel leaf is also specifically used by the people of the Yogyakarta Palace for generations to cure several diseases, one of which is inflammation of the eye.
Here’s how to process the right betel leaf, which can help reduce inflammation in the eyes:
- Use 4 pieces of red betel leaf that are still a bit young.
- Wash thoroughly, then boil using two cups of water until it boils.
- After it cools down, you can use the boiled water of the betel leaf to reduce inflammation in the eyes.
Although useful, this betel leaf is not recommended for long-term use because the pH of the betel leaf cooking water is acidic, and over time it is feared that it will damage the coating on the cornea of the eye.
2. Bunga Telang
Flowers with Latin names Clitoria Ternatea This is one type of plant that is famous for its efficacious and widely used as traditional medicine in Asia and the Middle East.
This Telang flower contains ingredients that are efficacious for curing red eyes due to inflammation, lowering blood sugar, and helping to overcome ulcers on the skin.
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To help cure inflammation of the red eye, you can boil the telang flower until it produces blue water and then drop it on the eye that is inflamed, or you can also compress the eye with boiled telang flower.
3. Binahong Leaf
It is a type of heart-shaped green vine that is widely cultivated in the yard of the house because it contains many benefits.
Binahong leaves contain several ingredients that function as antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.
Besides being efficacious for eye health, binahong leaves are also useful for treating stomach ulcers, canker sores, low blood pressure, and can also be used to treat acne and wounds on the skin.
There are 2 ways to process binahong leaves that are nutritious for eye health, namely:
- Prepare 2 binahong leaves then boil in boiling water for 5 minutes, transfer the cooking water into a glass and drink the water in the morning and evening.
- Prepare 5 leaves and 250 cc of mineral water, blend until smooth, put in a clean glass, add 2 tablespoons of honey, and the binahong leaf juice is ready to drink.
Before you use herbal plants, there are 2 important things you should pay attention to.
First, you must understand correctly how to process herbal plants so that they do not cause harmful side effects, you can easily look for them on the internet or in books that discuss herbal medicinal plants.
Second, this herbal plant is actually only an alternative and is not recommended for long-term use, if the inflammation in the eye does not go away, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor for further treatment.
In addition to these three plants, there are many other types of herbal plants that are proven to be efficacious for healing sick body parts or for maintaining a healthy body.
Book Indonesian Medicinal Plants edition 1, edition 2, and edition 3 the work of Prof. dr. H. Azwar Agoes, DAFK, Sp.FK can be a reference for those of you who want to know more about various types of herbal plants and how to process them.
The three editions of this book explain 90 types of herbal plants that are beneficial to your health, while also providing tips that you can use to cultivate these herbs so that you can easily plant them around your home.
Although there are still many who are confused about whether treatment using this herbal plant can really be beneficial for the health of the body, such as Aloe Vera which is considered to be able to help moisturize the skin, get rid of acne and scars, and can be used to reduce burn scars.
If you want to know more about traditional medicine using herbal plants, you can read the book Traditional Medicine Between Myth and Fact the work of DR. Nies Endang Mangunkusumo and DR. DR. Indra Zachreini.
This book will tell you a lot of information about traditional medicine from a doctor’s point of view, besides that the author will also discuss whether these herbal plants are really efficacious or just a myth that has been developed from generation to generation.