The short juice fast may be followed by an all-fruit diet for further seven days.
Thereafter, the patient may adopt a general diet scheme on the following lines:-
Breakfast: Any fresh fruits in season, except bananas.
Lunch: Large mixed raw vegetable salad with whole meat bread or chapatis and butter.
Dinner: Two or three steamed vegetables, other than potatoes, with nuts and fresh fruit.
The patient should avoid too much intake of starchy and sugary foods in the form of white bread, refined cereals, potatoes, puddings, pies, pastry, sugar, jams and confectionery, which cause the general catarrhal condition as well as conjunctivitis. He should also avoid the eating of excessive quantities of meat and other protein and fatty foods, strong tea and coffee, too much salt, condiments and sauces.
Raw juices of certain vegetables, especially carrots, and spinach, have been found helpful in the treatment of conjunctivitis. The combined juices of these two vegetables have proved very effectual. 200 ml. of spinach juice should be mixed with 300 ml. of carrot juice in this combination. Vitamin A and B2 have also been found valuable in the treatment of conjunctivitis. The patient should take moderate quantities of natural foods rich in these two vitamins. Valuable sources of vitamin A are: whole milk, curds, butter, carrots, pumpkin, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, mangoes and papaya. Foods rich in vitamin B2 are green leafy vegetables, milk, almonds, citrus fruits, bananas and tomatoes.
As regards local treatment, a cold foment renders almost immediate relief by chasing away an overactive local blood supply. First a small hand towel should be folded and saturated with cold water. The excess water should be squeezed out and the towel should be applied gently over both eyes. It should be covered with a piece of warm cloth to retain the temperature. It is advisable to carry out the procedure for one hour. After terminating the wet pack treatment, the eyes are to be covered with a dry towel. The damaged eye tissues will quickly return to normal. The treatment should be repeated every night for a week, even though the problem may clear up with the first treatment itself. The eye muscle exercises on defective vision are also valuable in the treatment of conjunctivitis.
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