Cayce Health Database
POTATO POULTICE FOR EYE CONDITIONS
Edgar Cayce often recommended
potato poultices (packs) for eye problems involving irritation or
inflammation (such as blepharitis - swollen eyelids). Here are
some specific recommendations for using potato poultices:
- Use white ("irish") potatoes.
- Use "old," (not freshly dug) potatoes that have not frozen or spouted.
One reading defined "old" as a potato that had been dug the previous
- If possible, use organic potatoes.
- Wash potatoes thoroughly.
- Grate or scrape the potato (peel and pulp).
- Apply the grated potato to a gauze.
- Close your eyes.
- Place the gauze and grated potato over the affected eye(s).
- Leave the poultice on for 30 to 60 minutes each session.
- Wash the eyes with a weak solution such as 20% boric acid.
For severe cases, the readings sometimes recommended washing the eyes
before and after the potato poultice.
The frequency of treatment varied with the severity
of the condition. Typically, the poultice was recommended to be
used each morning and evening until inflammation and irritation subsided.
The readings sometimes suggested cycles of treatment wherein the poultice
is used for two or three days and then rest for a couple of days before
resuming the cycle.
CAYCE QUOTES ON USING POTATO POULTICES
Here are some excerpts from the Cayce readings
which describe the use of potato poultices. Note that some of
these excerpts describe how the use of the poultices would be integrated
into a comprehensive treatment plan including other therapeutic modalities
such as spinal adjustments, eyewashes, ointments, etc.
... each and every other evening, have scraped Irish potato, old,
not new, and apply on gauze over the eyes. Keep this on for at least
one hour, then cleanse the eye with any good antiseptic solution, using
cotton tuft for same. (5301-1)
When the condition is produced that causes inflammation
to be apparent in the eye where cold or congestion sets in from the predisposition
of forces in the system, we would apply locally small quantities of scraped
Irish potato to the eye to draw out the inflammation. This will
seldom have to be used for a time, yet the adjustment of the condition
along the cervical through osteopathic treatment should be done, else
we will create the predisposition with those conditions existent in the
system to cause the weakness of forces to the eye to become a constitutional
condition, rather than organic affliction. (4674-1)
For the condition, we would apply these two ingredients
to the eye. Bathe both eyes (externally) with twenty percent solution
boric acid. Then apply, in rather sufficient quantity to cover the
socket or place of eye, the scraped parts of commonly known irish potato.
Let this be of the larger variety as possible, and one that has not frozen
or sprouted. When the inflammation has so packed this solution,
or application, as to render it of no service, (this is to be applied
direct, of course, to the eye of course with the eye closed) remove this,
and bathe with equal parts of ten percent solution of boric acid and ten
percent solution of myrrh tincture.
Then apply the Yellow Oxide Ointment to the affected
parts, and in the edge of the eye proper, near the tear ducts, you see,
so this works in under the lids.
After this has remained for some thirty to forty
minutes, bathe again in the twenty percent solution of boric acid, and
apply again the potato, scraped, you see.
Repeat these, with only a short interval between,
until inflammation is subsided and ease obtained for the physical forces.
Then other solutions will be applied. With
the solution of acid, add one part of belladonna, which is the strong
solution, and this will be used as drops, in the corner of the eye, and
when bathed again apply the potato. (3884-1)
(Q) What should be done for the eyes?
(A) As indicated, these disturbances are from the incoordination
between the cerebrospinal and the sympathetic nerve system; and the corrections
that are to be made osteopathically will be for the betterment of the
If there is the continuing of inflammation, we would
use of evenings the scraped Irish potato (old potatoes, not new ones)
on gauze applied to the eyeballs themselves, or sockets, see? Let
this remain on for a half to three quarters of an hour. This will
draw the inflammation. Use only OLD potatoes, not new ones; and
use such a poultice only if there is the inflammation or the burning of
the eyes. (2086-1)
At least twice a day, for an hour, apply to the
eyes the scraped Irish Potato, - not the new or this year's crop, but
the old Irish potato. This would be put right on the eyelid, (with
the eye closed, of course), and then bound on for about half an hour to
an hour. Afterwards the eyes would be cleansed with a weak cleansing
solution for the eyes, that is antiseptic; this about the proportions
used for washing a baby's eyes, see? (1963-1)
Conditions, as we find, are very much improved
in the general physical forces of the body. While there are those
conditions that still disturb the body with the manner in which there
is the inflammation in the eye, or in the lids and the iris, these - as
we find - are somewhat on the improve. We would use the potato poultice,
scraped old Irish potato - not new; put the scraped potato in a gauze
and place on the eye (with it closed); not the potato directly to the
eye in this particular case, but in a gauze, and sufficient quantity of
it to fill the whole socket space. Let this remain as the body rests,
for an hour to an hour and a half; then take off. It will be found
that considerable amount of inflammation will be drawn out. Do this
for two to three days, or two or three evenings; then rest by leaving
it off for two or three days - if it makes for too great an irritation,
which at times it would, dependent upon the newness or oldness of the
potato, you see, that is used. When the poultice is removed each
time, cleanse the eye with a weak solution of boric acid. This will
make for a cleansing of the inflammation from these conditions.
These would be used occasionally; two to three days at a time, then a
rest period, gradually letting the periods of application get farther
and farther apart, see? (774-2)
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
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