US Pharm. 2015;40(6):36-38.
Baicalein greatly lowers eye pressure and may act as an all-natural treatment for glaucoma—a blinding eye disease in which vision is lost due to elevated pressure in the eye—scientists have found. The research was presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Denver.
When animals were treated with baicalein, a natural product found in some plants, eye pressure was reduced by improving the rate at which fluid drained from the eye. The effect was increased when the drug was administered under nighttime conditions. Current glaucoma treatments result in undesirable side effects, necessitating the search for new remedies.