Is Acupuncture an Alternative Treatment for Eye Conditions?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that has been used for the past 2000 years and involves setting special needles in specific parts on the body, which are believed to be energetic body paths. Sometimes these energetic channels get blocked, and according to the acupuncture theory, the energetic blockages are the reason why we get sick and develop different medical conditions, while acupuncture helps to bring the energy flow in the body back to normal. For instance, it has been proved that acupuncture helps relieve pain and some other side effects caused by cancer treatments.

Now, we will go deeper into the subject and explain how exactly acupuncture works.

Meridians are invisible body channels that transport the vital energy known as “Qi”. The “Qi” flows all over the body and gives us the vital force we need. So basically, what acupuncture does is controlling the flow of “Qi” through the body. Acupuncturists use special needles to unblock the meridians and restore the flow of energy in the body. Specialists say that one of the possible explanations of acupuncture’s benefits for health is that this treatment method manipulates or affects the accumulation of neurotransmitters on certain nerves.

Acupuncture as an Alternative Treatment for Eye Problems

Like all health problems, those related to the eyes can be developed as a result of some kind of imbalance in the body. Acupuncture restores the energetic balance in your system. In the case of eye problems, acupuncturists focus the treatment specifically on the eye area. Acupuncture has been proved to be an effective treatment for dry eye syndrome and some other eye conditions.

High temperatures of the eye’s surface are one of the reasons why we experience eye-related problems. Acupuncture is an effective way to reduce eye temperature, and prevent some issues you might have as result of dry eye syndrome.

Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve gets affected by high levels of pressure. Studies have shown that acupuncture reduces eye pressure and relaxes the optic nerve, which makes it an effective treatment for glaucoma. Acupuncture also helps to reduce the symptoms of eye allergies and inflammatory eye diseases.

Specific Acupuncture Points in the Eye

In the case of eye acupuncture, there are some specific areas which acupuncturists use to treat eye conditions. Below, we are going to list some of the points located on these areas.

Jingming

The term “jingming” refers to “bright eye”, and according to acupuncture map, this point is located in the inner corner of the eye. The jingming is in charge of supplying blood and energy (Qi) to the eyes, and helps to alleviate some medical conditions such as conjunctivitis, glaucoma and blurry vision.

Zanzhu

We can find Zanzhu on the internal end of the eyebrow. Applying acupuncture on this area might work as a treatment for some conditions associated with the eyes, such as chronic headaches, eyes redness, excessive tearing and eye twitching.

Yuayao

This point is located in the middle part of the eyebrows, aligned with the pupil. Some of the conditions you can treat by focusing the acupuncture treatment on this area are cloudiness of the cornea, dry eye syndrome, ptosis, and swelling.

Sizhukong

We find Sizhukong at the top of the eyebrow, in the hollow area that surrounds it. Specialists think that inserting the needles in this specific area, can help you get rid of some eye issues and even facial paralysis.

Tongzilia

At the outside corner of the eye we can find Tongzilia. According to acupuncture theory, this point is responsible of eye brightness. Treating Tongzilia with acupuncture, helps to improve some eye conditions including cataracts, light sensitivity and headaches.

Acupuncture as a Definitive Eye Treatment

We know acupuncture is a safe practice when it is applied by a specialist, and that it can help to treat eye problems. Unfortunately, there is not enough medical evidence to take acupuncture as a definitive solution for eye conditions, this is why we recommend using a regular medical treatment and to combine it with acupuncture.