Did you know that your vision can be maintained using acupuncture? While it does sound unbelievable there are a handful of well credentialed experts that practice the art of acupuncture to help with vision problems. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that is successfully used to alleviate many ailments.
1. You may be wondering how often acupuncture treatment needs to be repeated. The initial course of treatment takes 1 or 2 weeks. After that, your vision will be tested. Treatment is then generally continued through follow ups 2 or 3 times a year for a week or two.
2. The long term results from treating Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), Ushers and similar conditions are amazing. Some patients may be treated for 10 or more years. These patients show a significant improvement when compared to other treatments. These are patients that should be blind enough for Seeing Eye dogs and instead some are functional enough to even still be driving.
Doctors experienced with long term patients notice that those patients who maintained regular treatments had had very little, if any vision loss. Those who have not kept up with treatments and instead come and go do tend to be more likely to have vision loss.
3. There is a difference between treating with acupuncture and treating with acupuncture with the addition of Chinese herbs. Acupuncture itself increases blood flow to the eyes. This has been proved through the use of an ocular doppler. Additionally, acupuncture stimulates the visual cortex and the visual process in general.
Chinese supplements and herbs are used once the under condition condition is identified. If the condition is metabolic, it can generally be treated with supplements. An example would be circulatory problems that can easily be addressed with Chinese supplements.
4. There are some cases where acupuncture does not work. Cases that are not as likely to respond to acupuncture are instances where there has been very traumatic injury to the eye. Injuries from a car accident are one example of this. Another example is cases where someone has a history of mental or emotional illness, strokes or brain damage. These are instances where the brain simply can not respond to acupuncture.
Some people that are in a very advanced stage of ocular disease are not as likely to respond to acupuncture. There are even some cases where the issue is only moderate and still they do not respond. Some medications can interfere with acupuncture, such as anti-inflammatory and corticosteroid medication. Heavy pain killers certainly inhibit response as well.
5. When acupuncture treatment is successful, generally patients are treated in intensive sessions for a week or two. Treatments are usually at least twice if not three times a day during these weeks of intensive treatment. This is because neurological conditions usually seem to respond better to intensive treatment. However, patients who choose instead to spread their treatments out over a few times a week get great results as well. But for intensive treatment, patients come in for one or two weeks, two or three times per year.
6. A typical treatment plan for this disease consists first of preliminary vision testing. Next there will be 5 days of treatment with twice a day acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, micro-acupuncture and laser acupuncture. Supplements are prescribed and then after a 5 day series, you will be re-tested.
We hope this article helped answer your questions about Retinitis Pigmentosa and acupuncture.