S12 (MARINA): Dr.N.L.Sinha says that “This medicine possesses a fairly limited sphere of influence as far as we know and understand today, its field of action is on the eyes and more especially cornea. It has proved to be efficacious for inflammatory conditions of course with Angiotico. It is important that S12 should not be in all forms of cataracts. The cataract that consists of cloudiness of the crystalline lens is more affected by S1 or S2. Cataract in the old age seems to be curable by C1, as a rule C1, C3, C5 is given. For the cataract developed through the gouty diathesis. A2, S5, C5. And when arises because of the gouty constitutional nature C4 should be given frequently instead of C5, C6. And when it is with the renal diseases A3, S6, C6 since such diseases must be regarded and treated from a universal that is constitutional point of view and not as purely local ailment as according to the routine of faculty”.
After reading some other authors book on Electro-Homeopathy also I find that this remedy is considered as an eye specific remedy for acute as well as chronic diseases, what is important is this that in S12 Euphrasia officinalis which is added to make this medicines as an eye specific along with Belladonna, as we know that Euphrasia has been used since long time by herbalists for many ailments of eyes, particularly in Conjunctivitis and Blepharitis etc.
And in Homeopathy also this remedy can be said clinically useful in the diseases of eye, especially when the drug picture is like “the affections of the conjunctiva and the nasal mucous membrane. First it produces an inflammation of the eyelids, a blepharitis. The eyelids become reddened and injected, particularly on their inner surface. They become puffed, dark red or red at least, ulceration takes place, giving us a discharge which is thick and excoriating. The tears themselves are profuse and excoriate the cheeks. There is marked photophobia; the patient cannot bear sunlight, but even more objectionable to him is artificial light. It has been urged by some physicians that it is “splitting hairs” in attempting to differentiate between aggravation from sunlight and that from artificial light”. etc.
The traditional use of the eyebright based herbal remedies go back to Scotland of the 14th and 15th centuries, during this time the Scottish highlanders made an herbal infusion of the Euphrasia officinalis and used this herbal infusion for the treatment of different eye conditions caused by a variety of factors. Herbalist traditionally used to give eyebright to patients affected by coughs, by hoarseness of voice, those with an earache, and those affected by headaches during the 19th century and the plant was one of the most important herbs used in the treatment of these conditions. Its use as an antiseptic herb and an anti-inflammatory herb continues till this day and many herbalists prescribe this herb for the treating inflammation in their patients. Some of the typical problems in which Euphrasia based medications are used include the different disorders of the eye, like the inflammation of the conjunctiva or conjunctivitis, it is also used in the treatment of the disorder called blepharitis, which is the inflammation affecting the eyelids, it is also used in treating the inflammation of the irises or iritis, in addition, the herbal remedies made from the Euphrasia are also used in the treatment of dimmed vision, in treating intolerance to bright light, in alleviating and reducing the production of sticky mucus in the body, in the treatment of small blisters which affect the cornea of the eye, the cornea is the keratinized hardened surface tissue of the human eye, the remedy is also used in the treatment of dry eyes which often afflict women during menopause. The remedy also finds extensive use in the effective treatment of physical injuries to the eyes and in those cases where the eyes turn watery or are otherwise affected by an intense stinging sensation, coupled with the presence of abundant, intensely burning and sticky discharges. Patients affected by common colds and seasonal symptoms of hay fever in whom symptoms such as very hot and reddened cheeks along with abundant watery mucus can be treated with this remedy for a full recovery. Euphrasia is also very effective in the treatment of individuals suffering from seasonal disorders such as the allergy induced hay fever; the eyes are the main part of the body affected during this condition. Hay fever causes irritation and swelling in the eyes of the person, this symptom is often accompanied by the presence of a bland watery nasal discharge at times. The herbal remedies made from the eyebright herb are also used in the treatment of intense and splitting headaches affecting patients; it can be used as an herbal remedy for the treatment of intense and painful constipation, and is an excellent remedy for the initial stages of measles in patients. The herbal remedy based on the eyebright is also often used in the treatment of women, especially during problems such as short and painful menstruation, where the menstrual flow might last only for about an hour each day during the entire menstrual period, the painful inflammation affecting the prostate gland in men can also be treated using the herbal eyebright remedy.
Now the trend of treating the eye diseases with single S12 remedy seems to be out dated as there are many EH pharma making even eye drops using without S12 and gives excellent results in cases of conjunctivitis and cataract, overall with the use of other group of EH medicines with S12 we can cure now many diseases of eye because we should also not forget the major role of Euphrasia in curing the eye diseases since many centuries, and I think the next generation will surely add some new EYE SPECIFIC remedy in Electro-Homeopathy in the coming years as time passes and trend changes.