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Sensory Organs

Ears, Eyes  and Nose

These sensory organs are located closely and can, to a degree, affect each other. A relief of the nasal sinuses can relieve pressure and congestion in the ears and often hay fever sufferers will experience sore eyes as well as sneezing. Herbs such as  Plantain, or Chamomile act as a soothing remedies  for overall ENT health while Echinacea supports the immune system. Homeopathic ingredients may help to support especially for a child’s ears. There are many over the counter natural effective remedies for nasal infections and there are dietary and natural interventions to improve these sensitive organs.

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As the population of the Western world ages eye health is an issue we all need to be aware of; it is important that we do all that we can to help keep our eyes healthy as we age. Factors such as smoking, obesity and poor diet can all impact adversely on eye health. A diet containing a range of antioxidants can play an important role in supporting eye health.  Supplements can help safeguard dietary intake of key protective nutrients including zinc, selenium, vitamin C, vitamins A and E, and the natural pigments lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin which  may help protect the eye from light damage. The carotenoids from green vegetables e.g. kelp, spinach are important to reduce risks of macular degeneration and possibly cataracts. Ageing of the blood vessels in the eye can increase risks of neuropathy and degeneration.  Research indicates that clarity of vision can relate to build up of toxins in the retina which affect the nerve transmission. Higher dietary levels of fish or fish oil supplements with high levels of DHA may be supportive. The retina has a high concentration of DHA.

Many common eye infections are either helped or prevented by Vitamin A which has antibacterial functions for skin and eye tissues. Dry eyes may be relieved with fatty acid supplementation and this could be due the increase in Vitamin A absorption that results.

Macular degeneration is a disorder that affects central vision  and the macula is a paper-thin tissue at the back of the eye where light-sensitive cells send visual signals to the brain, and is responsible for detailed vision. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) is the most common eye disease for those over the age of 50. Age – macular degeneration increases with age

  • Race – although macular degeneration occurs in all races, it is more common in Caucasian individuals

  • Gender – women have been found to be at higher risk of macular degeneration

  • Family history – it has also been found that macular degeneration tends to be hereditary

  • Exposure to sunlight

  • High blood pressure

  • Smoking

  • Obesity

  • Drug side effects

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    There is no cure for macular degeneration but some treatments may help to improve vision or delay the progression of symptoms of macular degeneration. Treatment does depend on the stage of the disease – whether macular degeneration is in the early stage, dry form or more advanced wet form.

    Conventional treatments for dry macular degeneration may include nutritional supplementation such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Caretenoids with Zinc and antioxidants to prevent free radicals or unstable oxygen from damaging the retina. Lutein and zeanthenin are considered the most helpful caretenoids and should transform to meso-zeanthin in the eye. In addition, Bilberry or other nutrients/herbs that assist blood flow(and hence nutrients) in the capillary feed of nutrients could help. The wet form of macular degeneration can lead to serious vision loss but there are various laser treatment options such as photodynamic therapy  and available to lessen the vision loss in the early stages.

    An ear infection usually occurs in the middle part of the ear, behind the eardrum and is known as a middle ear infection (otitis media) becoming inflamed or infected as a result of a cold, allergy or upper respiratory infection . Most infections do not require treatment and clear up on their own within a few days. However, recurring and persistent infections can cause serious complications to the ear such as short-term and long-term hearing loss as well as a ruptured eardrum.

  • Tug or pull at one or both ears

  • Irritability

  • Crying more than usual

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Earache

  • Fever

  • Fails to respond to sounds and has difficulty hearing

  • Headaches

  • Fluid drains from the ears

  • Earache or ear pain

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    There are various causes and factors that may contribute to ear infection, or earache,  and these include:

  • Bacterial or viral infection that cause colds

  • Problems within the eustachian tubes such as swelling, blockage or dysfunction of these tubes.

  • Swelling of the adenoids or the sinuses

    Herbal and homeopathic remedies are a gentler and more natural alternative to treating ear infections and promoting overall ear health. These remedies are safe to use for children without the harsh side effects of antibiotic treatment. Hopi ear candle treatment may relieve some congestion in the ear.

    Congestion is also referred to as a stuffy nose, nasal obstruction or nasal blockage. This condition causes blockage of the nasal passages when the lining of the membranes in the nose become swollen and inflamed. Mucus is the body’s’ defence system against inflammation. Nasal congestion is often caused by a viral infection. Infection is usually accompanied by a colour to the mucus. It affects speech and hearing and may also cause sleep disorders such snoring and sleep apnea.

    The causes of nasal congestion include:

  • Common cold or flu
  • Allergic reaction (food intolerances)
  • Hay fever  or  rhinitis
  • Sinus infection or sinusitis
  • Nasal polyps for chronic conditions

Over-the-counter medication can have some harsh side effects such as swelling in the nasal passages, and may also cause drowsiness. More gentle solutions are often more helpful to make breathing more comfortable – apply a warm, moist towel to your face or inhale steam,