What you need to know about how acupuncture may help Eye Problems!

acupuncture for eye conditionsPractitioners at Centre of Balance eye clinic have experience in treating a variety of eye conditions.  Acupuncture may be an effective alternative to western treatment methods, without the side effects. More and more people are coming to us for acupuncture treatment for their eyes.

It’s said that our eyes are the windows to the soul. Although this proverb (English) and acupuncture treatment (Chinese) have different origins, they have 2 things in common. They both recognise the importance of our eyes and have been around for thousands of years.

Unfortunately, numerous conditions threaten our vision. Some examples are cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, macular degeneration, and eye floaters among others. This is especially a problem in our current age of technology where we spend a significant amount of time staring at screens.

But by using a treatment technique that has been around for millennia, we may be able to help preserve your vision using a holistic approach. Read on to find out more.

Acupuncture and the Eyes

According to traditional Chinese medicine, health problems (including eye diseases) are caused by imbalances in the body. After an acupuncturist conducts a full diagnosis, he/she will determine the root cause of your imbalance. The Centre of Balance eye clinic practitioner will then proceed to recommend the best treatment programme to restore your health.

There are various treatments (discussed below) that the acupuncturist may explore depending on your unique condition. They all restore a balance of qi (energy) by stimulating specific meridians that are associated with the eyes. For example:

  • Kidney and Liver meridian- Retina, Iris, Cornea, and Pupil.
  • Heart- Arteries and veins.
  • Stomach and Spleen- Eyelids.
  • Lungs meridian- Sclera

The Research

Research has shown acupuncture to be more effective than western treatments, particularly for macular degeneration (common among the elderly). A randomised controlled trial by Jiao (2011),  published in the journal of Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, showed that pharmaceutical medication was 60% effective compared to 88% for acupuncture treatment.

In a study by Wang et al. (2015), abdominal and ear acupuncture were successfully used to treat 90 children diagnosed with near-sightedness (myopia). Similarly, a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded that acupuncture was more effective than artificial tears (standard pharmaceutical treatment) for treating dry eyes (Yang et al., 2015).  The applicability of acupuncture extends to chronic eye problems as severe as glaucoma.

A randomised controlled trial published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that electro-acupuncture is highly effective at reducing intraocular pressure (responsible for glaucoma). These studies are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more clinical trials, which investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating  eye diseases and disorders.

What We Offer!

Traditional Chinese MedicineThe techniques used at Centre of Balance eye clinic have been shown to increase blood circulation to eye vessels,  nourishing the eyes with nutrients and oxygen. Some of the methods we use in our clinic are:

  •  Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

This involves inserting fine needles on specific points on the body along the meridians.

  • Balance Method technique

    –  We use this technique to treat eye problems and improve overall health.

  • Auricular Acupuncture

    – Our acupuncturists may stimulate a network of acupoints on the ear with ‘seeds.’ You can even do it at home after we diagnose your condition and teach you how to do it properly.

  • Electro-Acupoint stimulation

    – As the name suggests, we will pass a small electric current (which doesn’t hurt) at specific acupoints that align to a particular eye problem.

  • Scalp Acupuncture

    – Our brain is the control centre of the body. Scalp acupuncture uses this fact to provide a fast and effective approach to addressing your eye problems.

  • Organ functional Acupuncture

    – Three functional entities determine the healthy body; zang-fu organs (heart, lungs, spleen etc.), meridians, and fundamental substances (Qi, blood etc.). Together, these entities perform cardinal functions responsible for maintaining health.

  • Chinese Herbs

    – After visiting our Centre of Balance eye clinic, it’s likely that you’ll leave with a prescription of Chinese herbs, which may help improve the outcome of your treatment at the clinic.

  • Eye exercises

    – You may be given eyes exercises to practice. These may help bring blood and energy to the eyes, reducing congestion and helping to drain away toxins.

  • Eye Acupressure

    – Acupressure massage (often on acupoints B1-1 to ST2) contributes to the overall eye health by reducing tension and promoting blood flow.

Therefore, if you want to live a healthier life and address all your eye problems in a safe, proven, and highly effective manner without uncomfortable side effects, please visit Centre of Balance eye clinic in Hamilton  or contact us. We have a variety of techniques developed and refined for thousands of years – all tailored to achieve the best result for your vision

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References

Jiao, N. J. (2011). Observation on therapeutic effect of age-related macular degeneration treated with acupuncture. Zhongguo Zhen jiu= Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion31(1), 43-45.

Lv, H., Wang, L., Shen, F., Feng, J., Hu, H., & Cao, L. (2015). Clinical observation on therapeutic effect of myopia in children treated with abdominal acupuncture. Zhongguo Zhen jiu= Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion35(6), 567-570.

Tsui-Yun, Y., Jen-Chien, L., & Chi-Feng, L. (2016). Effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation through acupoints of Pucan (BL 61) and Shenmai (BL 62) on intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine36(1), 51-56.

Yang, L., Yang, Z., Yu, H., & Song, H. (2015). Acupuncture therapy is more effective than artificial tears for dry eye syndrome: evidence based on a meta-analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine2015.