Copyright 2001 by Dr. Kirk Slagel
The power of sight is a most remarkable sense. Given the immense complexity of the eye and its many structures, this is one area of the body that requires the utmost in attentive healthcare. Maintaining overall health can go a long way to prolong our visual abilities and decrease the effects of aging on our vision. However, if an injury or medical condition occurs it is very important to seek competent medical care immediately.
Generally, most people can maintain their vision for many years of their life through awareness and prevention. And, of course prevention is always the preferred type of healthcare. However, one of the SANUM products, Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops may provide such benefit for both prevention and at times treatment of various eye conditions.
Anatomically speaking the eye consists of three layers or coats: the outer coat is the combined Sclera and Cornea, the mid-coat is the Uvea, and the inner coat is the Retina.
The Sclera and Cornea serve as the protective external coat covering the eye. The Sclera is a tough white, fibrous, opaque tissue that is the “white” of the eye. It begins at the external posterior aspect where it is pierced by the optic nerve, ciliary arteries and nerves, and associated veins. It proceeds anteriorly covering the spherical surface of the eye where it meets the Cornea.
The Cornea is the anterior covering of the eye. It is a transparent membrane that consists of five sub-layers. The cornea is largely responsible for the refraction of light that enters the eye. The sclera and cornea also have a protective function for the sensitive inner coats.
The mid layer is the Uvea, also referred to as the Vascular Pigmented Coat. It consists of the choroid, ciliary body and iris. The choroid consists of blood vessels and connective tissue, which gives the blood supply to the outer two-thirds of the retina.
The inner coat is the Retina. The retina receives the image that is transmitted through the cornea and lens and acts like the film of a camera. This is the image transmitted to the optic center of the brain.
Medical conditions may be associated with any of these various coats. Simple airborne dust and debris may irritate or even scratch the cornea, while serious conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, a detached retina, or lens changes that result in vision disturbances affect the middle and inner coats.
The various conditions that affect the eye may also be viewed in a different light. In the five-element theory of traditional Chinese Medicine the organs of the body correspond to the various senses. For example, one of the five elements is Wood. Wood is associated with the liver, a solid organ with a Yin quality. The gallbladder is the hollow organ, Yang quality, in the Wood element. The Wood sense organ is the eye with sight being the expressed sense. The Liver rules the tendons and the eyes in the five-element system.
When qi energy and fluid in the body are deficient then the eyes can become swollen and inflamed, or pulled out of focus by the muscles and tendons that control them. Since the Liver acupuncture meridian passes through the tissues of the eyes, then according to this system, the liver directly affects the eyes. The various eye problems experienced: cataracts, glaucoma, inflamed, red or dry eyes, night blindness, excessive tearing, and general visual abnormalities basically mirror the condition of the liver.
The patient seeking eye care will most likely benefit from a combination of therapies. General treatment from a qualified ophthalmologist and/or optometrist, combined with a plan for overall wellness, liver support and eye care will be the best mode of treatment. Some conditions are quite severe and may threaten the person’s sight. Other conditions may simply require gentle rinsing of the eye with no serious consequences. And, still others may benefit from a diet and lifestyle modification program.
However, a physician may consider a possible addition to the eye maintenance program and that is the use of Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops as an adjunct therapy. Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops consist of the Enderlein based SANUM remedy Mucokehl, called Pleo Muc in the U.S., and isotonic sodium chloride. Mucokehl is generally used as a body-wide balancing remedy, which also supports circulation. It benefits the circulation by reducing congestion and promoting flow. This will facilitate the blood qi to move more freely and thus, provide all of the many benefits of increased blood and blood qi to the body. This increased circulation would then benefit the liver in a similar manner, by promoting blood qi and flow to this ruling organ.
Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops may locally affect the eye in a comparable manner that Pleo Muc affects the overall body. It may support increased circulation of the eye, and thus indirectly the liver.
Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops are beneficial for the basic dry, irritated eyes as experienced from stress, dust, wind and glare. Some patients have reported with long-term daily use of Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops increased benefits to their vision. While this is not a claim of the product it would reason that soothing the eye by reducing some of the stressors on these sensitive tissues would decrease some of the detrimental affects of the various factors that may affect the eye.
Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops may be used as a daily regimen for general eye care. They may also benefit certain relatively benign conditions once more serious concerns have been ruled out.
Several cases may exemplify this point.
CASE #1 One week old male infant with simple bacterial, non-Gonoccocal, non-Chlamydial conjunctivitis. Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops, one drop per eye was administered. The discharge cleared, but returned 48 hours later. A second drop per eye was administered. Discharge cleared and has not returned in the last six months since birth.
CASE #2 A 28-year-old male was riding a motorcycle wearing a full-face helmet on a northern Arizona state road when a large brittle tumbleweed approximately 36 inches in diameter blew across the roadway and into his path. The patient was en route to Phoenix, Arizona to visit a doctor friend. The patient was unable to steer clear of the tumbleweed and struck it head on. The patient stated that the tumbleweed literally exploded from the impact. In some manner a small piece ended up under his helmet and struck his left eye.
The patient complained of no pain, and no visual disturbances, only a dry, irritated feeling, although the medial cornea was completely erythematous three days after the event. One drop of Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops was administered in the p.m. to sooth the overall irritation in the affected eye of which the patient complained. By the next morning the medial cornea was barely pink in color. The patient stated to the doctor that his eye also felt much better, lacking the dry, irritated sensation. A second drop was administered in the affected eye. By the early evening of that day the erythema had completely resolved.
CASE #3 A 63-year-old male had begun wearing glasses at the age of 47. Two years ago at the age of 61 he began using Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops, one drop in each eye as a general soothing and preventative treatment.
One day in January of 2001 he was reading his daily Wall Street Journal. It was brought to his attention that he was not wearing his glasses. He stated that it was the first time in 16 years that he had noticed that he was able to read without his glasses. He stated that a number of health improvement modalities had been incorporated into his lifestyle, including the Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops.
In summary, be sure to look for the right solution to your eye problems with a qualified ophthalmologist or optometrist. Pleo Muc™ Eye Drops may benefit the day-to-day dry, irritated feeling that many people experience, however take no chances and always seek qualified medical care.
And, being open to the empirical medical wisdom of the East may offer some insights into your overall health regimen that you might not otherwise have noticed.