Acupuncture for Eye Health

Did you know Chinese herbs and acupuncture can improve the eye’s fluid circulation, reduce intraocular pressure, and relieve pain? The eyes are particular sensory organs that are directly connected to the liver in Chinese medicine. 

Diabetic Eye Disease

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs help with diabetic retinopathy, damage to the retina caused by diabetes. Diabetic eye disease can affect almost anyone with diabetes. In fact, the longer someone has diabetes, the greater the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Symptoms include blurriness, floaters, dark areas of vision, difficulty perceiving colors, and in severe cases, blindness. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are preventive steps that can help reduce this condition’s severity, especially for someone already diagnosed with diabetes. Also, Chinese herbs and acupuncture can control blood sugar levels and improve circulation in the eyes, increasing blood circulation and preventing the deterioration and leakage of blood into the eye.

Other eye health issues that TCM can help with: 


A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging but may also occur from trauma, radiation exposure, be present from birth, or occur following eye surgery for other problems. An ACA acupuncturist determines the underlying pattern according to the symptoms that the individual is experiencing.


Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and worsens over time. It is often associated with a buildup of pressure inside the eye. Acupuncture can help reduce eye pressure and also increase blood flow to the eye.

Acupuncture can help strengthen eyes prone to vision problems, correct or diminish issues and prevent further problems in the future. If you are concerned or are experiencing eye health issues, reach out to any ACA location to discuss how TCM can help you. 

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