Dr. med. Astrid Kohl

Phone: +49 30 / 827 11 630 Fax: +49 30 / 827 11 631 praxis@dr-kohl.berlin

Eye acupuncture

In ‘New Eye Acupuncture’, acupuncture points from Traditional Chinese Medicine are combined with points that have been recognised for their effectiveness over the last ten years, especially in Europe. Eye acupuncture can be regarded as a method of regulating the whole body. Not only the eye is treated, but also the entire constitution of the body. Imbalances resulting in eye diseases are balanced out. Often, improvement of various difficult-to-treat eye diseases can be achieved.

The Eye in Chinese Medicine

From the Chinese point of view, each sense organ is mainly assigned to one organ: The ears “belong” to the kidneys, the nose to the lungs, the mouth to the heart and, finally, the eyes to the liver or the functional circuit of the liver. Hence, many eye diseases are caused by a disorder of the liver. The energy of the kidneys, which supplies various parts of the eye, especially the retina, is also very important.

Not in all eye diseases these organs alone are affected; in many cases meridians are also impaired in their function. The treatment aims at harmonising the organs as well as the meridians to stabilise the eyes and thus the eyesight.

The Practice of Eye Acupuncture

The patient is treated twice a day, seven days in succession, with a weekend in between. This series of 14 treatments suffices to determine immediately or over the course of the following weeks whether the patient is responding to this type of treatment. At the end of the first treatment unit, it is possible to tell whether the treatment should be continued afterwards, and if so, at which intervals.  On rare occasions vision deteriorates in the first few days, which corresponds to a so-called initial worsening. An improvement usually resumes after a few days. In addition to an alkaline-rich diet, supplements especially for the eyes, possibly homeopathic remedies or liver remedies are recommended. With exercises for the eyes, acupressure and exercises with light, the eyes are additionally stimulated every day.

Before and after the treatment, the eyes should be examined and checked by an ophthalmologist.

Examples of Indications for Eye Acupuncture

  • Macular degeneration
  • Circulatory disturbances in the eye
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Optic nerve disorders
  • Retinal detachment
  • Impaired vision due to brain damage
  • Visual disturbances because of diabetes mellitus