BODY BALANCE ACUPUNCTURE now offers specialised Ophthalmic Acupuncture for treating eye conditions.

Ophthalmic Acupuncture is a complementary method that attempts to regain vision.

Acupuncture points are identified as spots where there is less electric resistance-on which when needles are placed ,which triggers the brain to produce substances in the body which are carried by the bloodstream and helps the body to heal by removing blockages in the body.

This works by

  • Increasing circulation
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing oxidative stress
  • Stimulating photoreceptors, optic nerve and visual cortex.
Importance of eye as a sensory organ

The 5 senses with which we perceive the external world are vision, touch, hearing, taste and smell. Of these, sight could be classified as the most important. It helps us to see our surrounding environment and prepares us to take good care of ourselves. The light from the objects we see travels through the eye which is similar to a camera and the inverted image falls on the retina. From there, the photoreceptors convert this light energy received by the rods and cones in the eye into an electric impulse and neurological impulse and carry it to the brain from where we see the object. That is the simple phrasing of a complex process. Our eye is a wonder!

Not only do we see objects with our two eyes, but as some areas of the two images fuse to form our binocular vision, we are able to perceive depth. Wonder upon wonder!

When one of the other senses does not work- for example if your ears are blocked, you could lip read and figure out what has been said.

If the nose is blocked due to cold, the eyes help us to see what we put into our mouth.

When the touch sensation is reduced, the eyes could warn you from heat and fire.

Eyes, it is clear, play an important role amongst our senses. When eyes develop diseases their care and treatment has been an important part of medical science.

Advances in medical ophthalmology

Surgery for cataracts has improved by leaps and bounds from the technique of couching (where the opaque lens was pushed into the eye) to very modern procedures today where, phaco-emulsification of the cataract is done. By this method the cloudy lens is removed and replaced by manmade lenses. Now the surgery is done under rigorous asepsis and with operating microscopes. These achieve very good vision post operatively.

A detached Retina can be fixed by surgery. Acute closed angle glaucoma can be treated with an Out-Patient procedure. Medical science has made great strides in the treatment eyes diseases and disorders.

But there are still some degenerative conditions where mainstream medicine has its limitations.

And here Acupuncture holds promise and it can be seen as complementary medicine.

About the two ophthalmic acupuncture teachers who inspired me.

Prof. Boel of Denmark and his team use different types of modern acupuncture methods developed by Boel himself. He and his team have done research to help patients with eye problems. Backed with about 25 years of experience and having treated about 8000 eye patients since 1987, he has accumulated wealth of knowledge from which patients benefit.

Dr. Andy Rosenfarb is an acupuncturist from USA who has devoted 2 decades studying and practicing acupuncture for eye conditions. On an average he treats 250 patients per week of which 70% are eye patients from all over the world. He has written many books, focusing on Chinese medicine in ophthalmology.

Andy‘s uniform protocol for degenerative eye condition for Retinitis Pigmentosa was tried on a small group of patients at John Hopkins’s hospital and further study is planned in Nova South eastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Many eye diseases have been treated by them, of which a large part is:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Optic neuritis
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry eyes etc.

In this endeavour, Acupuncture tries to encourage and stimulate the capacity of our eyes, nervous system and our bodies in general to set in the healing processes they are innately capable of.

Response times, recovery potential and regeneration extent - all vary from person to person and circumstance. Your acupuncturist at Body Balance Acupuncture will sit with you, and discuss and tailor make a protocol that could best suit you. Results depend on many factors. Therefore we do not claim assured or quick cure. However, at Body Balance Acupuncture the best effort, drawing from knowledge, experience and awareness of latest developments in Ophthalmic Acupuncture, will be made to address and treat these eye conditions.

Treatment method for eyes

  • Vision test before the start of treatment.
  • It is a 10 day treatment Schedule to start with.
    It is from Monday to Friday with each day having 2 sessions of treatment.
    There would be a minimum 1 hour gap in between the 2 sessions.
  • The same schedule will be repeated the following week.

It is best to attend the AcuSight talk in person, where you could get a better understanding of the procedure, outcome etc.

FAQ For Eyes