EUPHRASIA, THE HERB FOR EYE TROUBLES


Euphrasia is an exceedingly valuable remedy for many disorders, for it is excellent for watery eyes, burning and swelling of the lids and discharge of acrid matter, for a bad kind of head cold which is accompanied by burning lachrymation and by a bland discharge from the nose.


EUPHRASIA is a valuable herbal remedy which has been employed by the people since time immemorial. Dr. Clarke writes in his Dictionary of Materia Medica:.

“According to Grauvogl, the signature of a black spot in the corolla which looks like the pupil, marked Euphrasia as an eye medicine to the ancients, and homoeopathic experiments have fully confirmed its old-time reputation. Eye symptoms appear in great variety and the irritation extends to the skin around the eye and to the nose, producing nasal catarrh and affections of the external nose. Hering mentions flat cancer on right side of nose as having come within its curative range.”.

Lately, some letter and an article on Euphrasia have been published by John o Londons Weekly, which may be of interest to the readers of this Journal. In the issue of November 16th there was a letter worded as follows:.

“Euphrasia FOR COLDS.

SIR, – Jackdaws remarks on Euphrasia (October 26th) were most interesting. I have not tried it for sight, but have kept the homoeopathic tincture in the house for years to have at hand in case of colds. Two or three doses of three drops in water have an almost magical effect on colds of the streaming variety – running at the eyes and nose, and sneezing.

Personally, I never allow a cold to get to that stage now, as a Camphor pill at the first indication of sore throat does the trick and nips it in the bud.

(MRS.) SOPHIA H.E. LANGMAID.

Cardiff.

[We have received so many letters asking for further information about the use of Euphrasia as an eye-lotion that we have obtained the following details from our correspondent: Euphrasia is a Homoeopathic preparation which can be obtained from any chemist.

The chemist should be told that it is to be used for the eyes, so that the proper strength be supplied. Three to six drops should be used in an eye-bath of tepid water two or three times a day. Euphrasia is also good for catarrh. It must be understood that we cannot take any responsibility for this advice. – ED.]”.

John oLondons Weekly, November 16th.

On October 26th, there was a leading article in the Journal worded as follows:.

“PASSING REMARKS.

EUPHRASY AND TRUE.

In our issue of September 21st, under the heading, Euphrasy and Rue, I printed and commented on a curious, not to say startling, letter from Mr. J. Mitchell, of Los Angeles, in which he related his experience of the herb, Euphrasia, or Euphrasy (the English Eyebright), as a cure or relief of weak eyes. He had made a chance discovery of its age-long reputation, which has largely though not perhaps justly – been dismissed as a superstition. Most superstitions are fractional truths.

And Mr. Mitchell, after trying Euphrasy, threw away his first pair of glasses, which had cost him L6, and, through me, denounced the entire oculist and optician business as a racket. As I disagreed with him I could afford to point out that old Culpepper, the botanist, anticipated him by three centuries when he wrote: If the herb was but as much used as it is neglected, it would half spoil the spectacle-makers trade..

Obviously, a fractional truth about Euphrasy would be worth finding out. I think it may be obtained a welcome and striking letter that I have now received from Euphrasia (Bournemouth). As her letter has documentary value I print it exactly as received. Euphrasia writes:

Forgive me for saying that your remarks about Euphrasia are not quite correct. I could not – as an old woman of eighty-six-read your delightful articles every week, if my eyesight were not more than fairly good, and this I attribute to the regular use of Euphrasia as an eye-lotion.

J. Ellis Barker
James Ellis Barker 1870 – 1948 was a Jewish German lay homeopath, born in Cologne in Germany. He settled in Britain to become the editor of The Homeopathic World in 1931 (which he later renamed as Heal Thyself) for sixteen years, and he wrote a great deal about homeopathy during this time.

James Ellis Barker wrote a very large number of books, both under the name James Ellis Barker and under his real German name Otto Julius Eltzbacher, The Truth about Homœopathy; Rough Notes on Remedies with William Murray; Chronic Constipation; The Story of My Eyes; Miracles Of Healing and How They are Done; Good Health and Happiness; New Lives for Old: How to Cure the Incurable; My Testament of Healing; Cancer, the Surgeon and the Researcher; Cancer, how it is Caused, how it Can be Prevented with a foreward by William Arbuthnot Lane; Cancer and the Black Man etc.