Upon being diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, you’re often told that there is no treatment for it. What medical experts mean when they say this is there are no drugs or surgery that will treat it. Fortunately, it responds nicely to nutrition and acupuncture in almost all cases.
If you know someone with this condition, let them know that there is hope! As long as they are able to perceive light, acupuncture can improve their vision. If it isn’t too far gone, it may even get them reading with ease and driving safely again!
I’ve been doing acupuncture for more than 35 years, and it still delights me to hear my patients say “I see better” or “my eyes feel relaxed” after they’ve been through my treatment room. My techniques for using acupuncture to manage eye diseases come directly from Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc and Mark Grossman, OD, LAc., both who specialize in treating eye conditions.
Acupuncture has helped many people with macular degeneration see better. It may help you, or someone you know who can’t read this because of their eyes.
In case you missed the previous parts of my series on holistic eye care using my Octave Resonance Healing Approach™: The last two articles focused on the emotions and spiritual aspects of eye healing, and explained helpful attitudes that will enhance healing. You may read about them HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Main Causes of Macular Degeneration According to Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Acupuncture theory has mapped out a complex system of energy flows throughout the body. These “meridians” carry Qi and Blood as the animating functional energy of the body. There is lots of science validating these meridians. Macular Degeneration results from the Qi being blocked from properly nourishing the eyes. From a Western medical perspective, the adrenal glands and liver detoxification systems are not functioning optimally. Eye problems are a symptom of this sub-optimal performance.
What kind of improvement does Acupuncture give?
Acupuncture helps “wake up” the proper functioning of cells on the retina. If the cells are completely dead or encased in scar tissue, acupuncture doesn’t help. This means that 85-90% of patients can at least improve their vision with acupuncture. The effect is usually more dramatic with advanced macular degeneration. With less advanced disease, the potential for full recovery is better.
Can Acupuncture reverse blindness from macular degeneration?
The more advanced a case is, the more treatments are probably needed, but it is always “worth a try”. There are no significant negative side effects to acupuncture treatment. While I work on your eyes, I will be tuning up the rest of your body, so it is never a waste. Later-stage patients do great, but they might not get all their vision back if there is permanent damage from dead retinal cells and scarring.
Do Ophthalmologists recommend acupuncture for macular degeneration?
Welcome to America! Physicians are not educated on alternatives to whatever the top doctor deems the Industry Standard. They don’t know much if anything about acupuncture for eyes. They don’t know about the research that has proven acupuncture effective. Since there are essentially no risks to acupuncture therapy, why are they not enthusiastic about encouraging patients to “give it a try”? Sometimes it has more to do with legal risk than medical risk. A doctor can be sued for recommending something unconventional and it is understandably not worth it to them. This will be different in 10-15 years because acupuncturists are showing over and over again that people can safely reverse their macular degeneration. I insist that my patients be monitored by an ophthalmologist and am happy to speak with them if need be. Conventional treatment and acupuncture can work together!
Where do the needles go?
Not in the eyeball! Most acupuncture points are between the elbows-to-hands and knees-to-toes. If points are tender, I use non-needle stimulation methods: electricity, tuning forks, and laser.
If you have read this far, macular degeneration is probably affecting you or someone you love. Don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below to set up a complimentary “Get Acquainted” call: