After two weeks on this diet, the cataract patient may start on a fuller diet on the following lines:
Breakfast: Any fresh fruits in season, except bananas.
Lunch: A large mixed raw vegetable salad with whole meal bread or chapatis and butter.
Dinner: Two or three steamed vegetables, other than potatoes, with nuts and fresh fruit.
The short fast followed by a restricted diet should be repeated after three months of the commencement of the treatment and again three months later, if required. The bowels should be cleansed daily with a warm water enema during the fast, and afterwards as necessary. The patient should avoid white bread, sugar, refined cereals, rice, boiled potatoes, puddings and pies, strong tea or coffee, alcoholic beverages, condiments, pickles, sauces or other so-called aids to digestion.
There is increasing evidence to show that in several cases cataracts have actually been upturned by appropriate nutritional treatment. However, the time needed for such cure may extend from six months to three years. The aniseed is considered a valuable remedy for cataract. The patient should take about six grams of aniseed daily in the morning and evening. Equal weights of aniseed and coriander powder and mixed with brown sugar is also beneficial in the treatment of this disease and the mixture should be taken in doses of twelve grams in the morning and evening. Another helpful remedy for cataract is to grind seven kernels of almonds and half a gram of pepper together in water, and then drink the mixture after sifting and sweetening the mixture with sugar candy. It helps the eyes to recover their vigour. Simultaneous with the dietary treatment, the patient should adopt various methods of relaxing and strengthening the eyes. These include moving the eyes gently up and down, from side to side and in a circle, clock-wise and anti-clockwise; rotating the neck in circles and semi-circles and briskly moving the shoulders clock-wise and anti-clockwise.
The patient should also resort to palming which is highly beneficial in removing strain and relaxing the eyes and its surrounding tissues. The Epsom salt bath is highly beneficial and should be taken twice a week. The patient should remain in the bath from twenty five to thirty five minutes till he perspires freely. After the bath the patient should cool off gradually. Closed eyes should also be bathed at least twice daily with hot water containing Epsom salt - a tablespoonful of salt to a large cupful of hot water. In cases where the cataract has been caused by stress, an anti stress diet rich in protein, vitamin B,C, E, pantothenic acid and nutrients is indispensable to overcome the trouble. If a cataract has already developed, the diet will help prevent its occurrence in the other type. Fresh air and gentle outdoor exercises, such as walking, are other essentials to the treatment. Exposure to heat and bright light should be avoided as far as possible.
|More Articles in Naturopathy and Diseases (100)|