Many people ask how acupuncture works to treat or heal degenerative eye conditions.
Early Acupuncture Practices
Acupuncture is thousands of years old and an understanding of the human body was at the forefront for early practitioners.
In one of the first Chinese medical texts called the Huangdi Neijing dated between the late Warring States period (475 – 221 BC) and Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 CE) there are details of human anatomy demonstrating extensive cadaver inquiry.
The Chinese had a term for blood vessels (mai) with vital air (qi) flowing within these blood vessels.
Thus from the beginning, acupuncture was seen as a way to deliver this vital air (later to be known as oxygen) to areas of dysfunction via the vascular system. In essence, acupuncture is a physical medicine.
Modern Acupuncture Practices
Modern research has refined our understanding of how acupuncture works and what happens when degenerative eye conditions occur in terms of circulation.
Bob Doane Lac., who runs one of the largest acupuncture clinics in the United States and works with researchers from Universities from the United States and China, is an expert in the effects of acupuncture to improve blood flow to an area of injury.
Doane has reasoned that the midbrain helps direct the flow of blood in our body. When an area goes into dysfunction, proprioceptive nerve fibers fire at a decreased rate.
These nerve cells tell the midbrain where blood is needed. The midbrain’s response to decreased proprioceptor nerve fiber firing is to decrease blood flow to the affected area; in this case the eye.
When an acupuncture needle is inserted in specific areas, balloon-like cells, called mast cells are punctured. The contents are released which chemically stimulates proprioceptor nerve firing to the brain.
When the firing signal is high enough, the midbrain restores blood flow to the brain bringing nourishment oxygen to starving eye structures such as macula, retina and optic disc.
What Are Degenerative Eye Experts Saying?
What degenerative eye specialists like Dr. Marc Grossman and Dr. Andy Rosenfarb have determined is that with degenerative eye conditions, eye dysfunction does not equate to cell death.
Dr. Rosenfarb has noted that eye tissues like the retinal pigment epithelium, which nourishes the retina, progresses from healthy tissue to dormant or damaged tissue prior to death.
This process can occur over many years. Functionally, when the tissues are dormant or damaged they act like dead tissue resulting in deterioration of vision.
When proper nourishment and blood flow is restored to these tissues, they can resume to normal functionality resulting in eye vision restoration.
The percent of dormant and damaged cells to dead cells will determine how much vision will be regained.
All the experts agree that improving blood flow to damaged areas of the eye is essential to restoring vision.
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