Holistic Remedies for Glaucoma

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Glaucoma is a number of eye disorders that gang up on the optic nerve and cause gradual damage over time, resulting in a slow loss of vision. In primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common glaucoma, the only noticeable symptom is gradual vision loss. Glaucoma is caused by increased pressure on the optic nerve from a buildup of the fluid that flows in and out of the eye, but drains too slowly. Other causes of glaucoma are from iris pigment granule buildup, or even the iris itself can bulge and cause drainage fluid retention.

Symptoms of glaucoma usually occur in both eyes, most notably gradual loss of peripheral vision, sometimes with sudden onset; but other symptoms that can be attributed to glaucoma are eye pain, halos around lights, nausea that accompanies severe eye pain. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to reduce the pressure in the eye to halt the progression of nerve damage.

Natural Remedies for Glaucoma

On this page are a number of user submitted home remedies for glaucoma. Many medical professionals will recommend a form of glaucoma surgery, but that is invasive and could take a number of procedures.

Some of our suggested remedies for glaucoma include glycerin, fennel seeds, frankincense, omega 3, and a number of dietary and exercise strategies.

Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat glaucoma. Have a remedy not yet listed here? Please don't hesitate to share your story with us!

Black Seeds and Oil

Posted by Khadar (Seattle, Wa) on 04/17/2016
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I had a glaucoma pressure over 18-20, which is not bad, but enough pressure to be bother me. What I found is Black seed oil and dried seeds which helped me really well.

5-7 pieces of black seeds, intake morning and night before meal at the beginning, and now black seeds oil 1 teaspoons x 2, morning and evening before meal/without it.

I buy my black seeds oil from Amazon/ebay, cold pressed oil and organic - price $ 25-27/piece, and dried black seeds from local market of Somali/Pakistani/Indian groceries that you find in your area.

Good luck!

CDP Choline

Posted by Blue Eye (Midwest) on 07/25/2015
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Published studies using CDP Choline have shown it to reduce glaucoma eye pressure (and blood pressure). The amount used has been 1000 mg daily. It's not cheap so I've been using 250 mg caps daily. Glaucoma is in one eye and pressure is down to 17-18 but would probably be lower with 500mgs or 1000mgs. CDP Choline is also used as an anti-aging brain supplement. I take it after breakfast. No unwanted side effects. Tests have shown the eye to be in fairly good shape.

Coconut Water

Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 07/08/2013
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Drinking coconut water has been effective in reducing fluid pressure in the eye, it can also be a laxative... Proceed with wisdom and research.

Diet, Exercise, Frankincense

Posted by Kate (Friday Harbor, Wa) on 05/21/2011
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The prostaglandin class of eye meds don't work for me--nerve damage continued and the pressure did not go down by much. I refused surgery and any other class of medications.

After several years of trying every alternative treatment I could find, I finally have had success in lowering the intra-occular pressure with diet, exercise and frankincense. I used supplements for years without noticeable difference in pressure, but once I started following Dr. Benjamin Lane's diet and exercise recommendations and using Frankincense, improvement was substantial. I cannot tell you for sure which of the three helped the most but I had used the exercise and diet for three months before receiving good news, and the frankincense for just a few weeks. You can find info on Dr. Lane's diet with a google search (or start with http://www.mothernature.com/l/Preventions-Healing-with-Vitamins/Glaucoma_971.html) and instructions for using food grade (therapeutic) frankincense at http://younglivingforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=841.

Re the diet: I did not add any supplements to the ones I have been taking for years which include D, Co-q10, C, O-3, E and a special eye formula that includes G. Biloba et.al. I walk for 45 minutes EVERY DAY. I eat organic meats and mostly raw vegetables and fruits. I eat NO processed foods--flour, sugar, pasta, etc. I drink no caffeine and no alcohol.

Doesn't sound like much fun to you? Yeah, but I want to keep my sight and for me, that's a big enough motivation.

Replied by Josey
Oklahoma City, Ok

i have changed my diet to my like your own and have for some time. I even cut out sugar, wheat, and salt. I exercise. I began using frankincense 10 days ago and had my eye pressure checked. No changes. I will have lasor and if that doesn't work I will have the other surgery where they put drainage tubes in your eyes. But I am sticking to my healthy diet. Maybe one had to use the frankincense much longer, not sure.

Replied by Amanda
Oran, Algeria

HI dear, the link to the article on Glaucoma in Mother Nature didn't work. I searched for the article to no avail. Just so you know.

Fennel Seeds

Posted by Crystal (Calabar, Nigeria) on 03/06/2013
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I had temporary blackout on right eye in December 2012 and the Dr said I should do a visual field test. Diagnosis of VFT: had some dark spots but was considered a glaucoma suspect with an iop of 15/16. Started fennel seeds and one week latter it dropped to 10. Repeated IOP test on saturday 3rd of March after one month and it was 12. Please note that I was diagnosed with RA, and had a stroke last year and have numbness all over, swollen tonsils, white tongue and just 43 yrs old. Cannot take NSAIDS because of reaction.

Replied by Blesyn
Lagos, Nigeria

Hi, I just need to know, how much of fennel seeds should I take to help fight the glaucoma? I usually put it in a cup of hot water, drink the water after a while and chew the seeds. Are there specific ways/times to take these for maximum effect?


Replied by Ann

I was happy to hear that fennel seeds were of help to you. How much of the fennel seed did you use. What was the dosage? I am having trouble keeping my eye pressure down - 23/27. Thx, Ann

Replied by Geraldine
Haynesville, La.

How to use fennel seeds for glaucoma?

Replied by Deepika

My mother is diagnosed with glaucoma which has effected 70% eye. I am very much stressed. Please tell me how to take fennel seeds and in what quantity. How else can we prevent it.

Replied by Vinay

How much fennel seeds are required to age 16 to maintain iop below 20. My iop is more than 25.

Replied by Paula

Can someone please give more information on fennel seed for glaucoma.


Posted by Curtis3000 (Bellmawr, New Jersey) on 05/18/2013
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I was surprised to see so little for Glaucoma remedies on Earth Clinic. Studies show that Forskolin, used in Arurvedic medicine for millenia, helps with slowing down Glaucoma, lowers blood pressure, good for weight loss, psyoriasis, and other benefits.

I am purchasing it now and will report its efficacy on my conditions.

Replied by Hash M.

Please let me know where to get this.I contacted Sami Labs who make these drops. No reply from them. THANKS

Frankincense Oil

Posted by Peggy (Nashville, Tn) on 03/01/2017
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Frankincense on cheek bones or drops in hands and cupped over eyes several minutes twice daily lowers my eye pressure to normal. Must use high quality product. I have had allergic reactions on skin with some. Have had glaucoma surgery which only reduced pressure temporarily.

Replied by Sbg

Can you tell us which type of Frankincense oil you use? That would be very helpful. Thanks.

Frankincense, Glycerin

Posted by Gary (Denver) on 03/12/2018
5 out of 5 stars

My intra-ocular pressure has been on the rise for the last 3 years, and was at 20 for both eyes when I had my last eye examine, which was 45 days ago.

I started using Frankincense and taking vegetable glycerin internally and externally making my own eye drops. I also placed magnets in my sleep mask and wore it every night. In addition I changed my diet, going from a healthy vegetarian diet, to a strict vegan 80 percent raw diet, along with juicing lots of organic veggies, and vigorous cardio and resistance training. Today, which is 45 days from my last examine, I was happy to find things were moving in the right direction. My pressures was 18 in my right eye and 17 in the left.

Glaucoma Remedies

Posted by Melinda (London) on 09/08/2013

Dear Sir/Madam,

My Auntie suffers from glaucoma. She has lost vision in one eye. Could you please prescribe any herbal medication to ease the pressure on her eyes or cure this disease. Thanks for your cooperation. Desperate Melinda

Replied by Wiliam
Croydon Surrey, Uk


I been diagnosed with Glaucoma and have been taking eye drops from the doctor. But the last time I took the eye drops they gave a very very bad reaction, it put me off taking the eye drops.

I looked up that taking Vitamin C three times a day lowered eye pressure. Can any one confirm/advise the correct procedure and what type plus strength one should take.


Replied by Mama To Many

Dear William,

I would look for a sodium ascorbate powder. Usually 1/4 teaspoon of this would have about 1,000 mg. (It should say on the container somewhere.) Start with 1/8 teaspoon (about 500mg) in water three times a day. If that agrees with you, I would increase it to 1/4 teaspoon (about 1,000mg) three times a day. If you do not notice an improvement in your symptoms, you could increase your doses or frequency.

If your body is getting too much vitamin C you will get diarrhea. This just means reduce your amount.

Many people can take many grams of vitamin C each day with no adverse effect.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Timh
2111 posts

W: Any type inflammatory condition is alleviated or cured w/ Magnet Therapy. I use a strong magnet on each eye for a few minutes 3x per wk to prevent any degeneration w/ good results.

Replied by William
Croydon, Surrey, Uk

Hi Mama to Many

Thanks for the reply.

I'm new to this site and not that clever looking it up, only just found your reply, Thank you.

As for looking for any sign of improvement, I don't suffer any bad signs of having glaucoma. So I can't tell if I should take more sodium ascorbate powder or less. No symptoms as I can tell the Dr said I am a Glaucoma suspect or sufferer. And his medication eye drops really up set me being unable to take the eye drops.

If you can give any more advice please let me know. Appreciated, William

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear William,

While it may sound like taking 1,000 mg of vitamin c as sodium ascorbate daily is a lot, many people take much more than that daily. Once your body is getting too much vitamin C, you will begin to have loose stools and know it is time to cut back.

Many people take several grams of vitamin c daily and find it helpful. We know a doctor who works in a hospital who takes 8 grams (8,000 mg) a day to avoid getting sick, since he is around a lot of germs. And, it seems that he doesn't get sick. I personally would ideally take 1,000 mg three times a day for general health but I admittedly don't really get around to it as I wish I did.

You might also look into the herb eyebright. Dr. Christopher has an eyebright formula. The herb eyebright is so called because of its positive effect on eye health.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mary
Arcadia, Ca

Hello Tim H. I have glaucoma and would like to use a magnet to help my eyes. My problem is I have a shunt in my brain from a prior aneurysm surgery. Can I use a magnet?

Replied by Timh
2111 posts

Hello Mary. Depends on the metal. Most likely is Stainless Steel so it won't rust, and to my knowledge Magnets do not adhere to Stainless S. I would start with a week Refrigerator Magnet and look for any positive or negative response.

Replied by Nancy

Generally speaking surgical implants do not use magnetic stainless steel as it would interfere with MRI.

Replied by Prince Arcane
Atlanta, Georgia

If one recommends Magnet Therapy to someone, they should point out that, the Negative Pole of the magnet is the only pole to use if one is trying to reduce an infection ( I believe he did mention infections) or inflammation or swelling! The Negative Pole reduces, contracts, cools! The Positive pole expands or increases. A lot of people mention magnets and don't consider that the correct one of the 2 poles should be used according to the situation!

Look into Magnet Therapy.


Posted by Shining Star (Gainesville, Fl) on 08/05/2013
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The Mayo site has glycerin listed as something that lowers the pressure in the eye. I would assume that many people facing eye problems would be interested. Any one (Ted) know anything?

Replied by Luis
Miami, Florida

My doctor prescribed me glycerine oil 60 cc or ml a day to reduce drastically the eye pressure, as I'm currently suffering a spike... But I can't find that (there is one to be applied on skin, but not to be drunk.)

Posted by Big Ec Fan (Eau Claire, Wi) on 06/15/2011
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From what I just read, in a reliable "cures" book that I have had for many years, glycerin can be consumed with juice or distilled water to reduce eye pressure. I have been consuming it for about a week now, as I need to get my eye pressure down.

Ignore the warning on the bottle: do not ingest. TPTB don't want people to make use of glycerin's natural healing properties. Old optometry med. manuals listed drinking glycerin as a way to reduce (w/o side effects) a person's eye pressure.

Replied by Tim
Port Hope, Canada, Ontario

Hello, Did the glycerin work? How much did you take? Did you use food grade or soap grade? Please email me at 333kehoe(at)gmail. Com

Replied by Carl
Bluffton, Sc

glycerin to release Eye Pressure. How do you purchase it and what is the dosage?

Replied by John
Wilmington, De

To find glycerin to take internally, search pure vegetable gylcerin online. There are a number of companies that sell it so I am sure you can also find it in a good health food store.

Replied by Dave

What would be the dosage of the Glycerine in juice and how often and for how long should a person consume the juice/glycerine drink to reduce eye pressure?

Replied by Maya
London Ontario

Only use very small amounts of glycerin and only in eye emergencies, it can cause heart problems! Ask your dr for dosage in emergency situations.

Intraocular Pressure Remedies

Posted by Nicolette (Nj/united States) on 07/24/2013

My sister was shot in the eye, and is now experiencing high intraocular pressure. Are there any remedies or herbs that are known to lower the pressure of her eye?

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand

Marijuana drops the internal pressure in the eyball, but whether you are in a place where its legal to get some is another matter.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

High Interoccular pressure in Eye. For Nicolette, NY US

I was treated for this with meds that discoloured the eye so bad, I did not like to go out as for the casual comments made.

Just by accident I found out that this medicine (allopathic) was damaging kidney and liver. I would stay clear of it. Really, I would use my own urine, soaked in a cloth and bathe the eye in it for as often as possible. Your own midstream urine has a blueprint for your unique needs. Try it and you will find it immensely soothing and effective. Good luck. Om

Replied by Mama To Many
Middle, Tennessee, Usa

Oh, dear. So sorry about this. I would try charcoal poultices on the eye. You will need ground flax seed and activated charcoal powder. Mix equal parts in a cup. Add water and stir until you get a mixture the consistancy of molasses. (Careful as charcoal powder is "poofy" and can get all over if you are not careful. ) Spread a spoonful of the mixture onto a paper towel and fold over sides of towel. Charcoal is now contained within the towel. Apply the poultice to the eye. (1 layer of paper towel between closed eye and charcoal.) You can make up lots of poultices and keep them in the fridge in a sealed plastic bag until needed. They keep for a week or more. Keep poultice on eye as much as possible. Charcoal must be wet to be active, so change poultice when it dries out. You could add a layer of plastic wrap on top of the poultice and use a bandana to keep it all on during the day or to keep it moise over night.

You can buy an herb called "eyebright" which is good for any eye problems. You can buy the tincture of eyebright and an eyecup to wash out the eye following directions on the tincture bottle. Dr. Christopher's brand is one that people like.

Keep us posted on progress!

~Mama to Many~


Posted by Jan (Canada) on 08/11/2020
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I want to share what I've been doing for my pseudoexfoliation glaucoma. I found out ten years ago and have had numerous lasers and drops with no luck in lowering my OP. I tried numerous things over the years with no success.

I started juicing beets, carrots, celery, lemon and apple every morning and drinking it down immediately.

Since I've been juicing, it's been three months now, my OP is down to 16 from 30. I've had my eyes checked twice so far and it's still normal. Thought I would share in case anyone else is as frustrated as I was. Juicing may not be the most convenient thing to do every day but the results are worth it.

Magnet Therapy

Posted by Karen (New Jersey) on 11/22/2015
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I tried TimH (Louisville, Ky, Usa ) magnet suggestion from his post in 2013:

Betty: I do magnet therapy on my eyes to keep them healthy. Start with a common refrigerator magnet, the side that sticks to metal, over each eye for about 20 min. Daily. This will reduce inflammation and most likely the pressure also.

For the past two days, whenever I've felt increased pressure and pain in my left eye, I've applied the magnet (actually 2 refrigerator magnets one over the other to increase the strength) for about a half hour and immediately after, I've noticed relief. So far it's not a permanent cure, but my eye feels much better for longer periods of time. Thank you!!

Replied by Timh
2111 posts

K: Very glad to hear of your positive report. If needs be, do not be afraid of using a stronger magnet. I currently use a small music speaker magnet for only a few minutes on each eye couple times per week. I also use a very strong speaker magnet for deep healing, reduce inflammation, and removal of pathogens in my joints (elbows & knees) as well as spleen, liver, lungs, and brain.

Replied by Susan
Westport, Ct

Dear TimH,

I thank you for all your informative posts. I have learned so much from you and look forward to trying the magnet therapy on my eyes.

I recently bought a 4 -stack of strong magnets from Amazon. They are still in the package. I am a little concerned to take them out of the cardboard as a warning note says be careful because the magnets can cause significant injury to your fingers if they snap together. They are Grade N45; Gauss Rating 13,800 Gauss; 65 lb Holding Power per magnet.

I was hoping you would tell us more about how you use magnets other than on your eyes. Here are my questions:

How long do you apply them?
How powerful are the magnets you use?

For example, if I were to use magnet on my painful knees, would I use more than one magnet on each knee? Do you put the magnet right over the painful area? Would you then put another magnet on the other side of the knee?

Thank you very much in advance!

Replied by Timh
2111 posts

S: I am hoping to soon graduate from the art of using Magnets (with real good results) on myself & pets, to the study of Magnets as a science.

So for now I can't tell the gauze strength but maybe I could post some pics of what I use whenever able. From my experience Magnets are almost without bad side effects but there is a warning to not use opposing magnets as the current repels itself and you get no healing.

Generally speaking, the stronger the Magnet the less time need application. I use that 4" speaker magnet as I posted earlier for my eyes and the large speaker Magnet also for only a few minutes on my painful & infected joints. Both do require a soft cloth or clothing as the metal can be uncomfortable.

As for chronic or long-term use I use Serenity 2000 pads and/or belt. I am currently lying on a Magnetic Bed Pad and a Magnetic Belt on my pillow directly over my spine. I use these all the hours in bed and rotate from my left & right side & shoulder to cover those areas and during waking like now cover my back & bottom.

Let me tell you a story of Magnet healing for eyes. A few yrs ago I had a litter of kittens and gave one to the neighbor behind me. Unfortunately I was having a difficult time ridding them of fleas and the new owner (come to find out) used both shampoo & flea collar which resulted in a severe chemical burn resulting in almost blindness. That owner was unable to continue the responsibility of the kitty and I took him back and was determined to do something for his eyes. Well, in the meantime he sired kittens and those damaged eyes were present in three of those kitties (all blind) one of which died and the others put down at the local shelter. Well this broke my heart and I had since learned about Magnets and using them on myself. I applied the 4" speaker Magnet for a few minutes daily with astonishing results and the kitty has since healthy offspring with no damaged eyes.

Here is a link to the Serenity 2000 and bed pad I use daily.


Replied by Susan
Westport, Ct

Thank you very much for your response, Timh! What a wonderful story about the kittens. I look forward to experimenting with the magnets and will report back with my findings.

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you!

Replied by Timh
2111 posts

TY Susan and the best Thanksgiving to you & yours.

One item I forgot to mention in the warning category is to be very careful to keep magnets away from electronics like TV's, computers, tablets, pads, cell phones, and memory or storage devices aka external hard drives and mini usb memory sticks, as it will erase any or all info stored on those devices.

As a side note in the benefit category, immediately fallowing any major or minor injury, I do Magnet Therapy which greatly reduces pain & inflammation and greatly improves healing time.

Looking forward to your future experiments.

Replied by Selena
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mygawd, I read about the "kitchen magnet" treatment for glaucoma symptoms, GOT UP AND GRABBED A MAGNET off the refrigerator, placed it gently over that eye and kept reading through cures and YES I FEEL A DIFFERENCE within about 5 minutes-when I go to bed that magnet's goin w/me to stay for the 10 minute treatment.

it is the strangest sensation, I feel like that eye is bulging-pushed against the upper eye lid and visible LOL but it's not the least bit noticeable BUT I FEEL IT and am tired of it.

was just diagnosed and cannot remember the reading either. LOL I knew something wasn't right!

Mastic Gum, Frankincense Essential Oil

Posted by Tom (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Usa) on 02/09/2013
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I have been having great success with both Mastic Gum, taken internally upon waking, and Frankincense essential oil, allowed to evaporate into the eyes, for eye pressure.

I had been taking Mastic Gum for a month, which was helping my eye pressure issues to a good degree, after reading two studies. The first study linked H. Pylori bacteria with glaucoma. The second study noted a dramatic reduction in H. Pylori when mastic gum was taken as a supplement. It holds true that mastic gum is indeed very helpful for eye pressure in my experience.

I then read on earthclinic, and subsequently on a couple of other places on the web, about success using Frankincense oil. So, I purchased the best quality Frankincense essential oil that I could find. Specifically, oil from the Boswellia Sacra species. I believe that it is steam distilled, which works fine. Every day thereafter, I followed the recommended procedure of dropping 2-3 drops of oil in my hand, rubbing my palms together to distribute the oil, and then cupping my hands over my open eyes with as air-tight a seal as possible and allowing the evaporating oil to mingle with my exposed open eyes. One of the tricks of this procedure is to not cup your hands over your eyes right away, but to allow at least one minute to pass in-between the time that you drop the oil on your hands and the time that you expose your eyes to it. Frankincense oil has volatile oxidative oils (recognizable by the citrusy top-note of the oil) that will irritate your eyes, but which largely evaporate within a minute or so of being exposed to air. Waiting at least 60 seconds to cup your eyes assures that most of these oils evaporate and that your eyes won't be so irritated. Generally, I also count to 60 when cupping my oiled hands over my eyes, which seems to be enough. If any significant irritation starts, which may or may not happen at about the minute mark, I stop. Usually, irritation just means that you didn't wait quite long enough for the volatile oils to evaporate. It's not really a problem, as the irritation is both gradual and mild if it happens at all.

The frankincense is very powerful, assuming a good grade of oil, and its effects will last all day. I generally perform the frankincense procedure either in the moring or the afternoon, but have also found it helpful when any type of inflammation or eye pressure is felt. The combination of mastic gum and frankincense is even more powerful. The only problem is the cost of good frankincense oil and mastic gum. Neither are cheap. A one month supply of both is currently running me about $65. You will probably need around 10 ml of oil per month.

Replied by Suzanne
North Plainfield, Nj

Hi, Can you tell me where exactly you purchased your Frankincense? I was using one brand then recently purchased from another and it smells NOTHING like the Frankincense I had used before. I was even taking the previous internally and it was curing a sinus infection. However this new brand is no where near as effective, though it said it was the sacra species, organic certified, steam distilled, therapeutic grade.