by Randall Douglas

This nodule on the eyelid is called by many names. In medical circles, they are known as meibomian gland lipogranuloma or conjunctival granuloma. Among the rest of us, they are simply known as chalazion (singular) or chalazia (plural).

When the oils that are secreted by the meibomian fail to get out of the ducts into the tear film, a chalazion is formed. There are many reasons for the failure of the oils to get secreted. It could be because of all the gunk left from make up that is not properly cleaned, from a chronic eye infection called blepharitis or from another medical condition called rosacea that makes the oils so thick that they find it hard to ease out of the narrow duct openings.

The clogged oils build up inside the meibomian gland and sets off the inflammation process. This isn't painful, however and can take a few weeks to develop compared to a stye than can take days. When the chalazion has grown considerably large, it can be painful because it has hit on the sensory nerves.

Injection of corticosteroids on the chalazion itself and surgical removal are two of the conventional methods used to treat this cyst. These do not completely remove the chalazia, however. And regrowths can occur anytime. In a lot of cases, the chalazion gets reabsorbed and resolves on its own. Warm compresses and eyelid massage are all it takes to cure the chalazia.

There are also home herbal cures that can cure these meibomian cysts. These approaches may be frowned upon by many Western doctors but those who have tried these say they work wonders. Many of these remedies are recommended and approved by many alternative medicine practitioners and homeopathic physicians because of their ability to give lasting cures.

Guava Leaves. To help ease the swelling, pain and redness, guava leaves can be used together with warm compress. The leaves are simply warmed and are then placed inside a wet cloth to be used as compress for the affected eyes. Applying this to the eyelid for 15 minutes 4 times a day will help resolve the chalazion faster than warm compress alone.

Acacia Leaves. These are quite effective in removing meibomian cysts. A handful of acacia leaves are boiled in two cups of water. The leaves are then strained and removed from the water and a clean cloth is dipped into the warm liquid so it can be used as a compress for the eyelid affected with chalazia.

Staphysagria. The seeds of the Stavesacre plant is made into a homeopathic cure called Staphysagria. A homeopathic doctor is the best person to ask regarding the dosage of this remedy inasmuch as treatment depends on the symptoms and overall emotional state of the person. Staphysagria treats skin, genito-urinary and nervous system afflictions.

Guava, acacia leaves and Staphysagria are just three of the numerous herbal remedies for meibomian cysts. Homeopathic medicine alone lists about 40 remedies for it. An experienced homeopath is in the best position to decide which of these treatments will give the best cure for your situation.

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