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From: <zentravlrz@earthlink.net>
Subject:     Re: Eyes, Zinc and Calcium
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 15:29:31 -0500
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Peter Wingfield-Stratford wrote:
Hi C Cochran your article in Alt.med Usergroup Zinc / Calcium also maybe refers to a condition like Cataract ??. The following traditional Chinese / Japanese therapy works for Cataract and affects absorption & elimination, so may help this case of vision degeneration in the newsgroup "Osteoporosis" and Zinc / Calcium balance (QV abstract below) from Peter Wingfield-Stratford
peterws@tobeistodo.demon.co.uk
Ref article from Dejavu found in Usegroup
alt.med.vision.improve
Thread : Eyes Zinc & calcium
In article <6t6j4f$vbq$1@nnrp1.dejanews.com>, ccochran2@hotmail.com writes
I am a 48 year old male with idiopathic osteoporosis under treatment for four years. While having my yearly eye exam, the Ophthalmologist said that I had a condition that mimiced macular degeneration, but which often responded to increased Zinc intake. He suggested I take OTC Occuvite supplements daily to increase Zinc.
That same day my wife read a short article* which said that too much Calcium intake can reduce Zinc absorption. Since I had been on 1000-1500mg Calcium supplements for several years for the osteoporosis, I gave out an "Aha!"

I replied & await the full text still but think this maybe relates to the subject that the Zinc and Calcium
content in the metabolism have an impact on Vision. I have researched this topic which came up when I read a scientific paper pub. in Japan about Traditional Japanese Cataract therapies particularly Hachimigan. The papers reveal results of experiments on blindness performed both on mice and humans.
My advice has been that these materials work to assist the natural process of nourishment and elimination deep within the corneal membranes of the eye. If these natural process deteriorate usually as a result of ageing, then the deeper layers of the Cornea get damaged, wither and become opaque. The metabolism of absorption is balanced by Hachimogan and these minerals. The Chinese diagnosis suggests Hachimogan asssists balance of yin & elimination and kidney functions. Some of the ingredients are documented to asssist circulation of the blood and medicine absorption processes.
Hachimigan (Jap) Pa Wei Wan (Chinese)
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This is a formulation of natural herb materials that has been in use in China and Japan for many centuries. Later in this E-Mail I shall describe the formulation. The use of this is normally indicated in situations of diagnosis in Traditional medicine for weakness of the eyes more specifically milkiness or blindness of age. In Western medicine we term this indication Cataract. I am using this traditional Japanese and Chinese remedy to improve vision in my case of Cataract. I have first-stage diagnosed Cataract in one eye and indications of beginnings in the second eye. Both were investigated under consultant of the Eye Hospital of the Radcliffe Infirmary here in Oxford U.K. Currently I am on standby for a future Cataract Surgery at a point when my condition becomes severe. This means a prolonged wait and I have done something to deal with the matter privately using knowledge I have of plant medicine and history. I have been using the Hachimigan for 3 years with great effect and know that it causes a repeatable and useful regression from first-stage cataract
to the normal state of clear vision. It is interesting that my experience is this is a completely controllable process and I can allow the treatment to lapse so vision becomes seriously clouded by whiteout when I can resume the Hachimigan and the vision gradually reverts to normal over a few days treatment. No surgery or Western drugs are necessary to make this effect happen and it seems quite safe and without side-effets over the three years I have used it. Though the documentation suggests I should extend my Zinc and Calcium together with the Hachimigan, I dont find this necessary for my case as the Hachimigan works very well. Hachimigan
see Chinese Herbal Medicine: Richard Hyatt,
1978 & 1984 Thorsons Publishers Inc. NY.
Formulation & dosage of Hachimogan as following is my own detail : Copyright 1998
P.M.D. Wingfield-Stratford peterws@tobeistodo.demon.co.uk Rehmannia Glutinosa (treated) as / Ti Huang / Shu Ti Huang 20 Gm Cornus Officinalis (dry fruit) as / Shan Chu Yu / Shan Zhu Yu 9 Gm Diascorea Batatus (dry yam) as / Shan yao / Shu Yu 9 Gm Alisma Plantago (dry root) as / Tse Hsieh 9 Gm Pacyma Cocos (dry fungus) as / Hoele / Tukaroe / Fu Ling 9 Gm (Pori)
Paeonia Suffruticosa (dry bark) as / Mu Dan Pi / Botan Pi 9 Gm (Moutan)
Cinnamonum Cassia etc (dry bark) as / Kuei / 3 Gm Warning
There is a further ingredient now not available (internal use) in the British Pharmacopaeia as it is a Dangerous listed poison. Hachimigan should have this following but its actual medicinal form is as a prepared de-toxified plant not the natural herb. I do not use this item following but it seems not necessary to have good results so other users can probably do without it. Aconitum Officinale (pre-treated) as / Fu Tzu / 1.5 Gm Formulation details
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The List ingredients (except Fu Tzu) are weighed out as a quantity for a weeks therapy to make up as a concoction by steeping in water. The herb materials are cut in thin slices or crumbled and placed in a ceramic jug about 2 Liter, filled up with boiling water and covered with an aluminium foil and the jug kept to cool down slowly in a "cosy". Dispensing
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The Steep liquor goes dark brown and is ready in 24 Hrs. I stir it periodically and keep in the open in the kitchen. Dose a small glass about 250 Ml daily in the morning for 5-7 days. The taste is "interesting" pleasant, refreshing and fruity with a hint of the cinnamon. If the liquor is left too long (1+ Week) it does seem a bit fermented and "off" so I advise discarding then. The Hachimigan "tea" preparation can be repeated for a second week and no harm seems to come as side effects. The benefits appear after several days daily use and this course of a week seems sufficient to make sight normal for about four weeks. The first time of use maybe will need two weeks course if the cloudiness of cataract is bad. The Research documentation suggests this works best when the Cataract is not too advanced. I feel this is a matter of individual judgement as atrophy of a tissue may have gone too far to treat in late cases. No harm seems to come so its use can surely be worth a trial. --
Peter Wingfield-Stratford
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Peter Wingfield-Stratford

I read with much interest your usage of the traditional chinese medicines. I currently am under the care of an
accupuncturist/traditional chinese pratitioner, who has already helped me with a urinary tract problem that MDs (including nephrologists and urologists) assured would require drugs and surgery to correct. Incidentally, this condition was caused by the retrieval of a kidney stone, scarifying the bladder. After about a month of chinese treatments, the condition decreased significantly, and has all but returned to "normal" after 3 months. My current treatments are addressing my vision problems, caused by a Radial Keratomy surgery about 4 years ago. My chinese physician assures me even thougn my condition was caused by surgery, herbs and such can help. With my urinary condition as a confirmation of the effectiveness of these methods, I am confident in the process.
It is also of interest to me that there is a link between kidney function and eyesight.



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