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Herbal medicine
An annual that contains glycosides, saponins, tannins and volatile oils. It is anti-inflammatory and astringent, and has a long tradition among herbalists as an eye tonic; it is administered as an infusion or applied topically for itchiness, and has been used for colds, hay fever and sore throat.

Homeopathy
See Euphrasia.
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eyebright

(ī′brīt″)
A small flowering herb from the genus Euphrasia, used in folk medicine as a treatment for low vision and depression.
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