Last Modified on Oct 31, 2014
Eye twitching can benefit from natural treatment options ranging from simple home remedies to supplements like potassium, magnesium and calcium. An involuntary condition, eye twitching involves the uncontrollable movement of the eyelid every few seconds. Nutritional supplements can be used to regulate the body's natural nutrient levels and promote effective functioning of the nerves and muscles.
What Causes Eye Twitching?
Eye twitching, also known as blepharospasm, is defined as the involuntary movement of the eyelid every few seconds. The spasm can even be so strong as to make the eyelid close completely before reopening.
While the exact cause of the condition is often unknown, several conditions contribute to eye twitching. Blepharitis, dry eyes, entropion, light sensitivity, pink eye, trichiasis, uveitis and several nervous system disorders are linked to the condition.
Natural Remedies for Eye Twitching
Treatments for eye twitching necessitate the relaxation of the eye muscles, relief of eye sensitivities and regulation of the brain and nervous system. Nutritional supplements can help achieve the regulation of symptoms and promote overall health. Effective supplements include potassium, calcium and magnesium.
A nutrient found in potent amounts in bananas, potassium is an effective treatment for muscle spasms and other disorders. Potassium is considered an electrolyte that promotes the effective functioning of the cells, tissues and organs. Eating bananas regularly and taking a potassium supplement can help prevent and treat spasms of the eyes and other muscles.
Considered a daily nutrient, calcium plays an important role in the body for more than just strengthening the bones and teeth. Calcium also plays a role in the maintenance of the nerves and nervous system. This nutrient helps maintain the neurotransmitters that communicate signals from the brain to the body, making it function appropriately, a vital component of treating spasms.
Magnesium plays a major role in the regulation of the circulatory and nervous systems. The nutrient promotes a strong, steady heart rhythm and normal blood pressure, which prevents uncontrolled muscle function. Magnesium is also involved in the maintenance of nerve impulses.
A nerve-wracking condition, eye twitching involves the repetitive twitching or spasming of the eye. While the condition is not usually indicative of any health concerns, it can be frustrating. In any case, nutritional supplements and other home remedies can be used to treat the condition.
[YEA] I had a severe eye twitch for 10 months. It was driving me crazy. Homeopathy didn't work; rest and relaxation didn't work- and I was at my wits' end. Then I got smart- I went to an acupuncturist. After just TWO sessions the twitch was completely gone, and it has not returned! It has been about 5 months.
Also, though I haven't tried it on eye twitches (I've tried it successfully on lots of other things), you might want to explore the EFT method (easy to learn, and a free download on the EFT website: www.emofree.com It is so easy to learn, and you will be able to use it for a million other things. Be grateful for your twitch- because it will prove to have opened your mind to new things. Good luck, and be twitch free!
[NAY] I started a diet and had been eating 2-3 bananas for the past week. My eye started jumping 3 days ago. Today looking for a remedy for eye twitching and came across the bananaa remedy. This is a fail. It does not work.
[YEA] Every time my eye starts twitching I eat a banana. It's a great source of potassium.
Several years ago I developed an eye twitch after my grandfather died. I had been unable to attend the funeral as it was overseas, but I also refused to cry, or view photos or video of the funeral, so as to not have to deal with the grief. Then when I decided to look at the photos and video, and have a good cry, the twitching stopped immediately and for good. I realized the twitching was due to the stress of suppressed grief.
My sister also gets eye twitches after sleep deprivation.
[YEA] For what seemed like an incredibly LONG six months, I had an eye twitch that only became worse. In the begining it would only happen 3-4 times per week. At the end, 40-60 times PER DAY!!
Within the first week of starting a new job in a new town, in the NE New Mexico area, a co-worker noticed my twitch and shared this little trick. He said he would get them here and there as a kid and his Grandmother said it was caused by an air bubble in the tear duct. The bubble was trapped & as it would move it would then randomly touch, or cause pressure against, a nerve (maybe another reason why acupuncture is sometimes an effective cure.) there by cause a twitch if you will.
The secret cure?
A lit cigarette in the ear (the filter end, of course)!!!
*For those lacking in common sense: Please perform with EXTRA caution.
If your right eye twitches, then put it in the right ear. Remember that the eye, the ear, the nose & the mouth are all connected.
Why does this work?
If you truly have an air bubble, then the burning cigarette will cause a vaccum and draw out the air bubble! Pretty simple, huh?!?! ;-)
-Make darn sure to keep hair back.
-Do NOT perform this metheod with any type of hair care/styling product that is flammable. (duh)
-Use as long of a cigarette as possible for 2 reasons: less chance of burning yourself & greater vaccum.
-Try to make a better seal in your ear by wrapping paper towel or tissue around the filter, but not to cover the end of the filter.
This worked for me in just a matter of minutes. I only had to leave it in my ear for 3 or 4 minutes. Just be sure to keep the cherry (for non-smokers this is the burning/smolder, red hot end.) as hot as possible. For smokers, you'll know what I mean when I say "hot-box the heck out of it!". For non-smokers, that means suck on the filter long inhales and rapidly so that the paper burns away and the tobacco will have a very long smoldering area. 1/4" is a lot but again, it creates a stronger vaccum/suction. The goal here isn't to perform a stupid frat-party thing, but rather a 'medical procedure' (LOL ;-) of sorts!
Hope this helps and BE CAREFUL!!!
[YEA] I had a persistent eye twitch that lasted over 2 years. I tried many possible remedies, but the one that unexpectedly worked was one of those lash growth liquids. I spent about $30 for a tube. The twitch was gone within a couple of days.
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Approval Ratings YEA (2) 100% Posted by Jen (New Port Richey, Florida) on 03/29/2010
[YEA] I occasionally get a twitch in one eye (either side). When I do, I also take calcium and magnesium, and the spasm goes away completely. This has also worked for me with leg muscle spasms.Posted by chd (pd, USA) on 12/02/2007
[YEA] EYE TWITCHING REMEDY, Every now and then my eye will start twitching, so I take a good dose of liquid calcium and magnesiem, and it will go away.
Approval Ratings YEA (2) 100% Posted by Earthfirst (Chicago, Il) on 03/09/2013
[YEA] YES! Magnesium works for Eye Twitches! Magnesium citrate is the best magnesium, the stuff from the pharmacy does not work well.Posted by rhonda (seattle, wa) on 12/03/2007
[YEA] I have had intense eye twitching in the last year. It went away but then inexplicably came back. It then went away again. Coincidentally, I have started taking magnesium I probably stopped taking it but then again started taking it. I had not been able to figure out what I was doiing that was making the eye twitch go away but now I know.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Tim (Cincinnati, Oh) on 07/22/2012
[YEA] When I get an eye twitch it is directly related to stress. First, I do what I can to reduce the external sources of stress and then, when I'm at home, I do some meditation to calm my mind. I would love to have a regular meditation practice but I am not dedicated enough. I find that after about 1-5 days of doing 15-20 minutes of meditation per day my eye twitch is gone.
Here are a couple of links on beginning meditation.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Nolegrl (Forest Park, GA) on 08/25/2014
[YEA] Hi. My eye used to twitch maybe once every few weeks/months but not enough to be a bother. Then a few months ago I noticed it started twitching every few minutes and would not stop. This went on for about two weeks. I looked up causes for it and read that stress could cause it. Honestly, I did not have much money so I was looking for a low-costing remedy. I started "worrying less". When my kids started to be a bit much, I would go in the other room. I focused more on thoughts that made me happy. I attend school online. I took two days to catch up and get ahead on my school work. I even took a day off from work while the kids were in school. I was careful not too stay up too late (12am). I'm not exactly sure which day the twitch went away. All I know is that my twitch was so bad that everyone, even kids, that talked to me noticed it. After about 1-2 weeks my friends and family were like, hey, your eye isn't jumping!
Approval Ratings YEA (8) 100% Posted by Sandy (Bangalore) on 10/31/2014
[YEA] Cigarette Bud, stress reduction, acupuncture supplements .. nothing worked for 2 years. Finally, Tonic water! Galloped 3 bottles yesterday night .. it has been 12 hours, not a single twitch!
It worked for me! Thanks for earth clinic communityPosted by Foxyroxy (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 06/06/2014
[YEA] Tonic water for eye twitch... Absolutely works! This definitely got rid of my eye twitch. You do have to drink a lot of it though. I drank a liter a day for a few weeks. I stopped drinking it about 5 weeks ago and haven't had a problem since. Try to get the diet if you are concerned about calories. Also, the active ingredient (quinine) can cause you to get a false positive on a drug test for heroine, so keep that in mind if you need to get screened for some reason.Posted by Joseph (Oakland, Ca) on 07/01/2013
[YEA] I've had a persistent eye twitch in my right eye for about 3 months now that's driving me crazy! Yesterday, I drank a glass of tonic water. I was going to have a gin and tonic, but I didn't want to be buzzed, so I just had a glass of tonic water and noticed that night (and this morning) the twitch had dramatically stopped by about 80%. I took a bottle of tonic water with me to work and have drank about about 16oz and the twitching has almost stopped completely. I have some of that powdered calcium/magnesium stuff at home. Might give that a try, but it seems like tonic water is the magic bullet.