Acupuncture Research on Eye Problems
The key is a sufficient number of acupuncture treatments and sufficient stimulation on the right acupuncture points.
New research published by LI. G compared the therapeutic effect of strong manipulation (emayaoling acupuncture)
Eyesight and the macular retinal structure, including the macular nerve fiber layer (MNFL), retinal neurepithelium layer (RNL), pigment epithelium and choroid capillary composite lay (PECCL), were evaluated separately before, right after and 3 months after the acupuncture treatments. The eyesight right after the treatment and 3 months later was improved compared with that before treatment. Eyesight was improved more in the group with stronger manipulation right after 3 months, compared to the gentle regular manipulation. The total effective rates were 83.6% (61/73) and 86.3% (63/73) in the observation group and were 63.2% (48/76) and 67.1% (51/76) in the control group right after the 36 treatments and 3 months later. The levels of MNFL, RNL and PECCL were all reduced significantly as compared with those before treatment. After treatment and at follow-up, the levels of MNFL, RNL and PECCL in the observation group were all significantly lower than those in the control group (all P<0.05).
This study explains why there are big differences in the therapeutic effects of acupuncture treatment on macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eyes and other eye problems. The key is a sufficient number of acupuncture treatments and sufficient stimulation on the right acupuncture points. Furthermore, patients need to have a healthy diet and life style to slow down the macular degeneration.
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