Hachimijiogan is an ancient Chinese herbal formula made of 8 different herbs. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to ensure ocular health and protect against cataracts by increasing the glutathione content of the lens (glutathione acts as an antioxidant) and improving ATP-ase regulation.
Hachimijiogan improves the regulation of potassium and sodium within the lenses of the eye by dramatically stimulating the sodium-potassium ATP-ase pump, which helps prevent cataracts. In a study of mice with hereditary cataracts, Hachimijiogan delayed cataract formation by almost 13.9 human years. Rat studies also have showed beneficial effects including delay of diabetes-related cataracts, with improvements in the regulation of sodium, potassium and calcium. In another study with aged rats, the herbal formula showed an increase in the important antioxidant glutathione in the lens.
One published study on humans showed that 60 percent of patients improved on this formula, while 20 percent showed no progression of their cataracts. The remaining 20 percent of study participants continued to see their condition progress.
The eight ingredients in the Hachimijiogan formula are:
- Alismatis rhizome
- Rehmanniae root
- Cornus fruit
- Dioscoreae rhizome
- Moutan bark
- Cinnamon bark
- Aconite root
The combination may be taken 150 to 300 mg per day. You may take hachimijiogan alone, but I recommend looking for it in a comprehensive vision supplement.