Acupuncture and Eye Pain
Humans are a visual species. When impaired vision disrupts our daily activities, we face the stark reality of how important our eyes are to us. Acupuncture can help to restore healthy eyes.
Eye pain includes the pain experienced at the orbit, canthus, eyelid, and the full eyes. Eye pain may occur in one or both eyes. The particular types of pain that acupuncture can help with include sharp pain, severe pain, constant pain, intermittent pain, and distending pain.With regards to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the pathogenic factors that cause eye pain are as follows:
• The stagnation of Qi or blood
• Hyperactivity of the Liver-Yang
• Deficiency of Qi
• Lack of blood in the liver and so much more.
Your acupuncturist will do a thorough intake to determine which imbalance is the cause of the pain. According to some school of thoughts, an imbalance that occurs in the body can be manifested as an eye problem or disease. With acupuncture, any imbalance can be addressed by promoting the circulation of Qi and blood in the eye region.
Additionally, acupuncture can be used as a treatment alternative for eye dryness. Research studies have shown that a reduction in the temperature of the eye surface caused by acupuncture helps to reduce the evaporation of the tear through the day.Furthermore, acupuncture therapy can be used for the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma is caused by damage to the optic nerve as a result of a higher level of pressure in the eye. The pressure in the eye can be decreased significantly after acupuncture. This alternative treatment procedure can reduce symptoms associated with allergic and inflammatory eye disease.
Although we only partly understand how the different type of glaucoma damages the optic nerve, one thing is common to all glaucoma—the lack of blood flow to the optic nerve and retina, which can cause the death of retinal nerve cells and eventual loss of vision. Acupuncture should be an adjunct therapy for the preservation of the health of the optic nerve to enhance the circulation to the eyes, decrease intra-ocular pressure, and also improve visual acuity, making it very handy for the sufferers of glaucoma.
Acupuncture can also treat cataracts through the balancing and strengthening of the Qi as its deficiency in several parts of the body can cause cataracts. Qi is the flowing of energy within the body system, which needs to be balanced for you to have optimum health and wellness.
Acupuncture has proven to be a safe alternative treatment for individuals still struggling to find a resolution to their eye problem after using modern methods.
Pearl Chang Russell practices as a licensed acupuncturist in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas, TX and has a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Pearl’s source of inspiration is her grandmother whose wealth of experience spans over 50 years in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.