Eyebright

What other names is Eyebright known by?

Aufraise, Augentrostkraut, Casse-Lunettes, Eufrasia, Euphraise, Euphraise Officinale, Euphraise de Rostkov, Euphrasia, Euphraisia Eye Bright, Euphrasia officinalis, Euphrasia rostkoviana, Euphrasia stricta, Euphrasiae Herba, Eye Bright, Herbe d'Euphraise, Luminet.

What is Eyebright?

Eyebright is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Eyebright is taken by mouth to treat swollen (inflamed) nasal passages, allergies, hay fever, common cold, bronchial conditions, and inflamed sinuses (sinusitis). It is also used for cancer, coughs, "pink eye" (conjunctivitis), earaches, epilepsy, headaches, hoarseness, inflammation, jaundice, runny nose, skin ailments, and sore throat.

Despite serious risk of infection, some people apply eyebright directly to the eye in the form of a lotion, poultice, or eye bath to treat a variety of conditions including conjunctivitis; inflammation of the eyelids at the edge of the lashes (blepharitis); eye fatigue; inflammation of the blood vessels, eyelids and conjunctiva; and for "glued" and inflamed eyes. Eyebright is also applied to the eyes to prevent mucous and mucous membrane inflammation of the eyes.

In foods, eyebright is used as a flavoring ingredient.

Historically, eyebright has been used in British Herbal Tobacco, which was smoked for on-going lung conditions and colds.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis). Early research suggests that applying one drop of eyebright eye drops (WALA Heilmittel GmbH, Eck-walkden/Bad Boll) up to five times per day for 2 weeks helps increase the rate of recovery from pink eye.
  • Inflamed nasal passages.
  • Inflamed sinuses (sinusitis).
  • Colds.
  • Allergies.
  • Coughs.
  • Earaches.
  • Headache.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of eyebright for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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