With everyone walking around wearing masks all the time, have you noticed how important the eyes are in communication? Did you know your eyes also have a lot to say about your overall health?
Conditions like glaucoma, neuritis, and even vision loss can be indicators of systemic health problems. Many eye conditions respond well to acupuncture treatments and these methods have been used for centuries to assist in keeping the eyes healthy. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pays very close attention to the relationship between the organs and the tissues. Imbalances within the body can sometimes manifest as problems in the eyes. If a person is treated for eye problems, the underlying imbalances that have caused these issues will simultaneously be treated.
A study conducted by researchers at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and published by the Journal of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, demonstrates how acupuncture can improve visual acuity, reduce light sensitivity, and decrease visual defects. The study tested the efficacy of a four point acupuncture prescription in the treatment of loss of vision, points classically indicated in TCM for the treatment of eye problems, and concluded acupuncture is beneficial in the treatment of vision problems.
The main concept behind acupuncture is the nourishment and movement of blood and energy throughout the body to create harmonic balance. Receiving regular acupuncture treatments can be very beneficial in the prevention and treatment of ophthalmological conditions. You can also give yourself acupressure massages to reduce tension in the eyes and contribute to overall eye health. This can be done multiple times throughout the day to help stimulate blood flow and positive energy into the area. There are also Chinese herbs that can help keep the eyes healthy.
If you are noticing some changes in your vision, or have on-going issues, ask Dr. Stef about it at your next treatment. We can also set up a phone consultation to see if what you are experiencing is something with which she can help. I bet it is!