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.
[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:.
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.