Ocular acupuncture uses highly effective points, which have their origins in different systems. Chinese acupuncture plays a less significant role here. And the needles are, of course, not used directly on the eyes! During his scientific studies, Prof. Dr. J. Boel from Denmark, discovered that the joints in the body contain a micro system that sends messages to the brain. The affected areas contain points, which are sensitive to pressure. Over the last 25 years, Boel has used acupuncture to treat ca. 7000 patients suffering from various eye disorders. The following illnesses are those most frequently treated with ocular acupuncture:
- Macula degeneration
- Retinitis pigmentosa
- Brain trauma induced blindness
- (e.g. bruising or blood clot)
- Short-sightedness in the young and children under 20
Unfortunately, we can’t heal all eye disorders with acupuncture. But it can significantly ease, prevent or significantly delay the onset of further pain. Ocular acupuncture is performed in much the same way for all eye disorders. The first treatment takes five days, during which the patient is treated twice a day, with a one-hour gap between treatments. After the first week, it is possible to ascertain whether the patient will respond to the treatment, and the possible success or failure of further treatment. The patient is then treated twice a week for several weeks, then once a fortnight, and subsequently once a month.
Depending on the cause of the illness, ocular acupuncture should be performed in tandem with other treatments.