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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Eyes Are The Windows To Your Liver

Did you know that eye problems may indicate an unhealthy liver?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we can physically view the health of our liver via the eyes. I didn't know this and only learned about the connection when I was trolling the internet for a cure to my chronic Dry Eye condition. And yes, I did find a natural remedy which inadvertently, fixed my other problems as well- hot flashes and night sweats!

The answer to all these problems, my friend, lies in a cup of tea! Hallelujah! I am doing the happy dance! It is so liberating to wake up fresh and happy from a good night's sleep and with eyes that don't burn or itch.

Yep, a soothing cup of Chrysanthemum tea daily (those commercially canned and packaged ones don't count) does the magic!  It has something to do with the balance of yin and yang in your liver. From a Chinese perspective, health problems arise when the yin and yang are imbalanced in our body and in this case, an excess of yang in the liver which causes liver heat. When there is heat in the liver and liver channel, the eyes are likely to be dry, bloodshot, painful or have a burning sensation.  Here's where the Chrysanthemum tea works its magic. Acting as a natural coolant, Chrysanthemum tea lowers the heat in your liver, thus restoring the yin-yang harmony and voilĂ ! - no more dry eyes and hot flashes!

TCM values the liver as one of the most important organs in the body and has the strongest connection to the eyes. The main job of the liver is to spread and regulate QI (energy flow) throughout the rest of the body. Besides cooling, regular consumption of Chrysanthemum tea helps to detoxify the liver, resulting in the smooth flow of QI, thereby eliminating a variety of aliments.

Look after your liver and your eyes will benefit.

Some interesting facts of Chrysanthemum  to share.

Nutritional Information and Properties of Chrysanthemum

Some of the compounds in Chrysanthemum are flavonoids like luteolin, apigenin and acacetin, choline, and vitamin B1. It is also a good source of Vitamins C and A, Niacin, Folic acid and Pantothenic acid and is also rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and phosphorus. Chrysanthemum tea can help detoxify blood, regulate blood pressure and calm the nerves. It has antibacterial properties that can be effective against staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus hemolyticus B, dermatomycosis, shigelladysenteriae and the tubercle bacillus.

Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum can help the body fight off a range of infections including streptococcal and staphylococcal infections.
The traditional Chinese have used the tea to treat influenza, fevers, inflammations and even heatstroke due to its cooling effect. The herb also helps to correct imbalances that may affect the liver and also helps in dealing with kidney function, thus helping with their treatment.
A rinse made from the flower can be helpful to treat skin infections.
The herb can be used in many different forms, from tinctures and creams to chrysanthemum tea that is very popular. While preparing the tea, care should be taken to let the flowers boil in the hot water for around ten minutes. This should be done in order to protect the essential oil and other nutrients.
Chrysanthemum tea is a great aid to digestion, helping the body to digest greasy food more easily.
The tea is also helpful in relieving nasal and head congestion.
Because of its zero calorie content, it is often used to treat obesity and as an aid to lose weight.
It is also said to improve vision and hearing and is given in cases of dizziness, blurred vision and spots in front of the eyes. It may also be helpful in cases of night blindness and to treat conjunctivitis.
New research has shown that the flavonoid acacetin that is present in chrysanthemum has the ability to inhibit malignant cell growth in the prostate region. This may make it a useful weapon in the battle against prostate and other forms of cancer.
It is believed to be good for the heart and has been known to lower blood pressure levels. It may also be able to increase blood flow to the heart.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used these properties of the flower to treat cases of hypertension and angina.

A Cautionary Note: Some people may be allergic to chrysanthemum and can experience adverse reactions on consuming or handling it. Physical handling of the flower may result in skin irritation and consumption can cause stomach upset. People with known allergies to daisies and asters should avoid chrysanthemum as should people with diarrhea. Consult your physician before taking chrysanthemum, especially if you are on other medication that may adversely react with it.

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  1. Fascinating! I never new any of this so thank you for sharing! I will get hold of some I think! #KCACOLS

  2. Very interesting! I didn't know all this. Glad you took the time to research it and come up with what you came up with!


  3. The eyes are one of the first things to be affected by a damaged liver and increased bilirubin. Interesting post #kcacols

  4. This is a very interesting post :) I never knew about chrysanthemum and its benefits
    Thanks for sharing

  5. I had no idea that eyes and liver had such a connection! I am being very good, drinking a lot of tea, but normal one so that doesn't count I suppose? #KCACOLS

  6. I actually did know the eyes could reflect a problem with the liver. We had one member of our family pass from chirossis. It was truly just awful what it did to his body.

  7. I do like to try natural remedies and so much can be cured with a cup of tea it seems! Thanks so much for sharing at #KCACOLS hope to see you back next week!

  8. Great information. I had no idea that a tea made of Chrysanthemum could help dry eyes (which I have) and so many other things. Can I just pick up some of these flowers at the store and boils them as indicated? Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon.

  9. Wow never knew this. I don't drink hot drinks but might just have to start making myself!!#KCACOLS

  10. I love Chrysanthemums for their beauty, I had no idea they had health benefits too. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best Linkup.

  11. Years ago, I used to drink a delicious chrysanthemum tea at a Vietnamese restaurant that has since closed. I loved it and looked online to find something similar but never got a good alternative. I never thought about making my own. Guess I need to grow some mums next year! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  12. Tea is amazing. Eyes can tell you a lot, it's really important to get regular check ups. #kcacols

  13. Hi! Checking in from the Mom Bloggers Club. You are so talented! Love, love, love the personalized cookies you make. Thanks for the informative post.

  14. Very interesting. I wonder if it helps improve vision too? I prefer drinking tea to taking pills.. thanks for all this great info