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Can Acupuncture And Traditional Chinese Medicine Really Help Our Eyes?

Bothered by eye problems? Today, we face a series of common eye-related conditions like cataract, age-related macular degeneration, floaters, dry eye syndrome etc. In this modern world where the use of technology has become common, the average screen time of each individual increases rapidly as well.

The amount of time we spent on watching our smartphones, ipads, TV, computer and laptop screens is causing much strain to our eyes, resulting in various uncomfortable eye symptoms. The continued exposure to blue light emitted from these devices is also known to lead to the computer vision syndrome, which includes symptoms like blurred vision and headaches.

Unless eye problems are serious enough to warrant acute treatments like surgery, there is often a lack of good substantial oral medications to help with chronic eye conditions. The key to eye conditions is prevention and slowing the progression of the diseases, rather than relying on cures. When it comes to preventive measures for the eyes, people often refer to the use of supplements or traditional remedies. So, how can traditional chinese medicine help our vision?

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Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles to poke at various points along the “meridian” lines on our bodies to elicit treatment effects. For eye-related conditions, TCM physicians can manipulate these fine needles to help ease the problems. Nowadays, disposable needles are used, so patients no longer have to be worried about the cleanliness and safety of the equipment. Currently, research work is also being conducted to establish the efficacy and efficiency of acupuncture treatments.

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Acupressure Massage

For those who are afraid of pain or needles, you may like to consider acupressure massage. In this practice, we are also making use of the relevant helpful acupoints. However, instead of inserting needles into the respective acupoints, we can just press and massage on those acupoints to achieve similar effects. With guidance on professionals, you can do it yourself by exerting pressure on the acupoints and rubbing it carefully a few times a day to relieve the strain on our eyes.

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TCM Herbs

While doing acupuncture or acupressure massage may lead to temporary relief of the associated eye problems, we should also consider complementing it with traditional chinese medicine (TCM) herbs to maintain or improve our vision. There are quite a number of popular TCM herbs that are well-known to nourish our eyes. 

One of the most popular TCM herbs that is great for our eyes is wolfberry fruit, also known as Goji. The Chinese name for this herb is 枸杞子. In TCM concept, wolfberry fruit helps to replenish the “kidney” essence and fluids of our body. Thus, it is particularly helpful for dry and lethargic eyes conditions. This herb can be taken raw or cooked as soup to strengthen our eyes.

Another famous herb known to aid with the eye-related diseases is cassia seeds. The Chinese name of these medicinal seeds is 决明子 (Jue Ming Zi). Cassia seeds have this amazing effect of tonifying the eyes and helping to deal with dry, strained vision. Other than promoting eye health, cassia seeds can also lower blood pressure, a valuable aid to patients suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure). Cassia seeds improve our digestive health as well. 

The last herb that is good for our eyes is chrysanthemum flowers (菊花). This herb is very commonly used to remove “heat” from patients suffering from “heatiness” symptoms like sore throat, reddish complexion, yellowish urine, heavy sweating and cough. In fact, many people brew this herb for normal consumption and treat it as a home remedy when they face any of the symptoms mentioned above. However, a lot of people do not know that chrysanthemum flowers are also very beneficial for eye health. This herb is very useful for heaty eye-related conditions like sore, red and painful eyes. 

So, next time when you consider alternative treatments for your eyes, try these herbs!