Bilberry Leaf Uses


Bilberry is rich in antioxidants and is used as a culinary fruit in herbal medicinal preparations. Taking antioxidants, such as Bilberry herbal extract, during pregnancy may help protect your body from oxidative damage and keep you and your baby healthy and strong. Bilberry may be useful in treating atherosclerosis, the oxidation of LDL, or bad cholesterol in the blood stream, which forms blood vessel blocking plaque. It is said to protect and strengthen the capillaries in the eyes. It has been found to be particularly useful for people who suffer from eyestrain or poor night vision and is helpful for nearsightedness (myopia). describes the Bilberry as one of the alternative medicines to treat glaucoma. The extract of Bilberry is useful in treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. According to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, Bilberry is used in a number of circulatory problems, including venous insufficiency, angina, thrombosis and varicose veins. Along with strengthening the circulatory system, Europeans have used Bilberry for thousands of years to treat diarrhea. Applying Bilberry leaf and fruit extract directly inside the mouth treats mild soreness in the throat and mouth. Bilberry tinctures are also a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, hemorrhoids, menstrual cramps, diabetes, arthritis, gout, skin conditions, kidney disease and urinary tract infections (UTI).

Treatment with Bilberry supplements may keep your heart healthy by improving blood flow to the heart. This herbal supplement also helps keep your blood vessels strong and may help reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis, a condition in which fatty plaques accumulate along the inside of your blood vessels. By reducing your risk of atherosclerosis, Bilberry herbal supplements may also help prevent heart attack and stroke. Since Bilberry can improve circulation and protect against circulatory disease as well as, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, it may be helpful in the treatment of heart disease, hardening of the arteries, varicose veins and chest pain.

Because Bilberry herbal extract fortifies capillaries and strengthens veins, it helps to improve blood circulation by increasing the ability of fluids and nourishment to pass freely and is, therefore, also valuable to people, particularly the elderly, who suffer from poor circulation to the hands and feet. Bilberry has been used to treat chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that causes leg swelling, varicose veins, leg pains and skin ulcers. Bilberry also has potential uses in treating bruises and hemorrhoids.

Bilberry has a traditional use for regulating blood glucose in people with diabetes. Research has shown this herb to be useful in the treatment of retinopathy, damage that can occur to the retina of the eye due to chronic high blood sugar or high blood pressure. Bilberry may be beneficial for treating or slowing the progression of macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. Bilberry has been used traditionally for treating nearsightedness, eyestrain and poor night vision. Bilberry herbal extracts may also help prevent cataracts and stop the worsening of cataracts. All these disorders can be associated with some degree of color blindness as well as other vision loss.

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Owner of Mississippi’s last abortion clinic won’t stop fighting for her patients

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is threatened by a 2012 Mississippi law that would limit access to abortions. With the clinic’s fate in the supreme court’s hands, Diane Derzis is focused on the survival of ‘a place that cares’

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Diane Derzis stands in a room where abortions are performed in a building she owns in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2013. Photograph: Jay Reeves/AP

In 1974, one year after the US supreme court ruled in its landmark Roe v Wade decision to legalize abortions, Diane Derzis stepped into a doctor’s office in Birmingham, Alabama, to terminate her pregnancy. The 20-year-old college student, who had been married, was three months pregnant and wasn’t ready to have a child. So she sat in a crowded waiting room, not knowing what to expect.

“You didn’t have a problem with spreading your legs before, and if you can’t do it now, I’m not going to see you,” the doctor told Derzis. He then performed a safe and routine abortion, which cost $125.

Derzis grew determined to provide other women with a more dignified abortion, to become an advocate for women’s rights, and later an owner of abortion clinics throughout the south. The 61-year-old activist has persevered in her field despite the murder of one abortion doctor, the bombing of her clinic, and the perpetual barrage of protesters seeking to shame her clients.

Now Derzis faces a new threat to the survival of what has become the state’s last standing abortion clinic, this time from Mississippi officials, who have championed a controversial law seeking to shutter the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The fate of the law rests in the hands of the nation’s highest court.

In the next few weeks, US supreme court justices will hold internal conferences to determine which cases should be heard in its upcoming term. One case under consideration, Currier v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, concerns a Mississippi state law passed in 2012 requiring doctors who perform abortions to received admitting privileges from a local hospital.

Upon its passage three years ago, state lawmakers justified the measure as a safeguard in case of a medical crisis. But some major medical organizations have stated that the extra protection is unnecessary, given that a woman potentially in need of such emergency care would receive treatment from a specialist working at the hospital – not the doctor terminating the pregnancy.

With the law in place, critics say, hospital board members, who are subject to political pressure, have full control over whether doctors can perform abortions.

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