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Chinese Medicine for Poor Vision
Acupuncture & Herbs to Strengthen "Eye Chi"
By Dr. Hong Chen (over 20 yrs experienced)
In the July/August' 98 issue of Vitality I addressed the use of Chinese medicine in the treatment of allergies. This month I will look at the use of acupuncture and herbs for poor vision. Weak eyesight (amblyopia of vision) is a type of low sight function and ametropia, which still can't reach normal levels even when glasses are worn.
There appears to be a correlation between vision and work/study habits. For example, this condition can be caused by intense periods of study work by students, or long periods of time spent in front of computer screens, or even excess time spent in front of a TV set, as well as more complicated reasons listed below.
If weak eyesight is not diagnosed, treated, and corrected early, it will get worse. Generally, western medicine considers childhood the ideal time to treat weak eyesight, then adolescence,while an adult diagnosis and treatment does not offer a favorable prognosis. However, treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has an excellent record of result for all three age groups.
Causes of Weak Sight
According to the theory of both Chinese and Western medicine, the causes of weak vision are as follows:
In general, Chinese medical theory believes that the eyes are governed by the liver, therfore a chronically poor diet which congests and weakens the liver will have a negative impact on eyesight. In other words, the eyes are the windows of the liver. Since the health of the eyes is partially dependent upon liver function, vision disorders can be greatly assisted by clearing and tonifying the liver.
Treatment of Weak Vision
In terms of Western medicine, treatment of weak eyesight in childhood or early adolescence offers the best result. There are a number of treatment methods, including: training by optical machine, covering therapy, and wearing prescription lenses for life. For adults with weak eyesight the prognosis is not an optimistic one, and results of this type of treatment are marginal.
However, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have demonstrated good results in treatment of weak eyesight from childhood through to adulthood.
One of the treatment mechanisms is related to Chi energy. The existence of Chi has been proven by modern science and technology experiments as a life energy flow in the human body. Acupuncture can promote or enhance the Chi energy running through the eyes, optic nerves, and visual centre channels by stimulation around eyes and in special acu-points and visual nervous centre channels. This treatment will also stimulate and activate stagnant Chi, helping to restore the energy flow within the eyes' meridians.
When treated by acupunture, patients should experience a tingling feeling spreading throughout the eye area, indicating that the energy channels are open and working.
Chinese herbal medicine can adjust total life mechanism of the body and help it reach a balance of energy and provide nutrition for eyes. Some tonic herbs to nurture vision cells, enhance sight function, and also to improve function of liver and kidneys, are usually recommend to be taken by the patient.
The functions of these tonic herbs for improving eyesight has a long and successful history in China, and further proved by strict modern medicine experiments.
Chi Gong, a Chinese martial arts, can increase acupuncture power and obtain even better results by directing the Chi of the practitioner into specific acupuncture points. Therefore, the combination of methodologies - acupuncture, Chinses herbs and Chi Gong - cand greatly increase treatment results and really improve the vision ability of patients.
Clinic Case Reports
As these case hitories demonstrate, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have a latent capacity and special place for treatment of vision problems.
For those wanting to strengthen their vision with Chinese herbs alone, a patent herb known as Qi Ju De Huan Wan can be used to improve eye functions and strengthen vision. However such herbs should be used carefully, under the supervision of experienced Chinese Medicine professionals. This is because weak vision can have numerous causes, and the condition cannot be properly and effectively treated until the precise cause is determined.
Chinese medicine doctors often will take the pulse of various organs and meridians in the body to determine if there is congestin or deficiency in a particular meridian. For example, if the liver pulse is "fast", then the treatment used will be different than if the liver pulse is weak or shows defeciency. As well, an examination of the tongue adds further information to the diagnosis.
Therefore, the acupuncture points and herbs used will very from one patient to the next, depending on the specific physiological condition of the individual constitution.
To prevent eye problems from developing, there are several lifestyle strategies that anyone can use. These include:
Note: this article has been published on November 1998, issue of Vitality magazine. For more information please contact Dr. Hong Chen at Chen Acupuncture Herbs Shiatsu Centre, 33 Lowbank (Steeles. E/ Bestview(between bayview and Leslie) /Harrington/Lowbank). Tel: 416 221-9074