MED: Bilberry.... does anyone?

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Since having my eyes checked and doing some reading, I have an interest in bilberry extract. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-bilberry.html Sounds like a versatile herbal medicinal.

I am curious if anyone here has experience with using bilberry for any of the uses listed in the above link. Any problems, successes, comments?

Although at the moment, it is not my primary interest, any information on growing & harvesting would be interesting also.

(Laura) Olympia, WA(Zone 8a)

Looks like an interesting site. Thanks for posting.

Middleburgh, NY

Podster, you may find the solid extract of blueberry from David Winston's company, Herbalist & Alchemist, to be beneficial for eyesight problems. And it is pretty darned tasty.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

That sounds excellent. I will check them out.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Zhinu ~ I'm sure you are familiar with the PDR (Physicians Desk Reference on pharmaceuticals), a friend that is a nurse told me that there is now one that includes herbals, vitamins and minerals too. It is gradually becoming acceptable in the medical community. Isn't that a good thought!

Years ago, DH was prescribed to take a specific vitamin by a nephrologist. Our pharmacist said it "doesn't help", our local GP said, "it can't hurt". The specialist said "take it". Do we wonder what the pharmacy was resisting ~ Un-unh! Years later, still taking it and kidney disease hasn't progressed so it certainly hasn't hurt. We are fortunate to have younger Drs that are willing to prescribe and recommend alternative meds. They are also willing if we ask about an herbal to research it further on our behalf. I didn't know the eye doctor well enough to ask but have a GP appt in a few weeks and will ask him about bilberry.

(Laura) Olympia, WA(Zone 8a)

I just changed doctors because the one I had thought herbs were a bunch of hooey. My psych doctor on the other hand is open-minded. It's interesting that the first doctor I'd be surprised if she was over 40 and the second doctor I'd be surprised if was under 60.

I have heard of the new PDRs including herbs and vitamins. Iím glad to hear it, especially with the non-food herbal medicine I worry about interactions with my prescriptions, but especially without a doctor that believes they work I have to fly somewhat blind. I always start small and work my way up just in case.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Good way to do it. That is kind of why I was researching bilberry...

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