Retinitis Pigmentosa Acupuncture

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ACUPUNCTURE EYE THERAPY fOR RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA IS A NEW NATURAL TREATMENT

WHAT IS RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA?

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic disorder that causes progressive vision loss and can eventually lead to blindness.  The disorder causes degeneration of photoreceptor cells of the retina, the area in the back of the eye that contains light sensitive cells called rods and cones.  Many cases of RP are due to autoimmune reactions where the immune systems attack and damage the body own cells. Symptoms often appear at a young age and progresses over a time.

Although there is currently no cure for retinitis pigmentosa, a huge amount of research is being done around the world to develop various treatment options for RP. At this time, most western medical treatments focus on monitoring and slowing the progression of the disease.  However, some treatment protocols involve supplementation with antioxidants and vitamin A. Meanwhile, stem cell therapy is being investigated.

HOW TO MANAGE RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA

Currently there are no medical solutions for the retinitis pigmentosa or other degenerative visual problems. Similarly the management options for RP are extremely limited. However, the progression of RP must be monitored. The management for RP should focus on the following goals:

1.  SLOW DOWN THE PROGRESSION OF RETINAL DEGENERATION
2. PARTIAL IMPROVEMENT OF IMPAIRED VISUAL FUNCTIONS

CAN ACUPUNCTURE eYE THERAPY HELP TREAT RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA?Eye Retinitis Pigmentosa - Hope & Despair

Acupuncture Eye Therapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical way of natural partial enhancement of visual functions by stimulating newly discovered acupuncture points. This acupuncture therapy is focuses on increase in the preserved optic nerve function and optimization of blood circulation in the retina. As a result, this therapeutic approach is able to induce a visual field expansion and provide increased visual acuity that positively affects daily life skills.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Retinitis Pigmentosa is associated with the Liver Blood, Spleen function, and Kidney Qi (pronounced “chee”). When the Liver Blood is poor or insufficient, the eyes do not receive nourishment for healthy function and cell regeneration. The Spleen and Kidney Qi support the Liver function.  Above all, TCM treatments focus on supporting the proper functioning of these three organs to ensure that nutrients, oxygen, and blood are nourishing the eyes properly.

How Micro Acupuncture Works?

Micro Acupuncture™ is a procedure involving 48 newly discovered acupuncture points located only in the hands and feet, and not associated with any other traditional acupuncture system. These points were discovered by Dr. Andy Freddy Dahlgren and researched by Dr. Dahlgren and Dr. Per G. Otte. More than 5,000 people throughout Europe and over 10,000 people in the US have benefited from Micro Acupuncture treatment.  Significant numbers of the patients treated have reported marked improvements in their eyesight.

Dr. Kevin Kim has dual licenses in acupuncture and chiropractic, and a NCCAOM diplomate of Oriental Medicine. He has studied extensively in the field of Chinese Medicine Ophthalmology. Furthermore, Dr Kim has received training from leading acupuncture experts in the field of degenerative eye conditions using Micro Acupuncture™ and AcuNova.  He has received extensive training and certified in Micro Acupuncture™ to treat degenerative eye conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa. There are currently only a limited number of practitioners throughout the world that are certified to perform the procedures.

OUR TREATMENTS TO HELP IMPROVE VISUAL FUNCTION

RP treatment course consists of 10-20 treatments. The treatments involve using a combination of traditional acupuncture, Micro Acupuncture™, AcuNova, electro-acupuncture, and customized herb formulas to activate the cells to enhance functions of visual system. Nevertheless, no needle goes into the eye, and the closest points used are in the eyebrow and cheekbone area.

In conclusion, the improvement of eye sight throughout the visual field is often prevalent with Acupuncture Eye Therapy for Retinitis Pigmentosa. Acupuncture Eye Therapy is one of the most promising RP treatments available. However, it is important for patients to understand that the acupuncture treatment is not a cure but a process to help maintain and/or enhance the eyesight.

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RESEARCH ON ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA

A recent pilot study from John Hopkins University (2013) reported that six of 12 subjects had measurable, significant visual function improvements after treatment. Three of nine subjects tested with the FST had a significant 10.3 to 17.5 dB (that is, 13‐ to 53‐fold) improvement in both eyes at one week after acupuncture, maintained for at least 10 to 12 months, which was well outside typical test‐retest variability (95% CI: 3–3.5 dB) previously found in retinitis pigmentosa. Researchers concluded that acupuncture entails minimal risk, if administered by a well‐trained acupuncturist and may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa.

Reference: Bittner, A. OD PhD, Gould, J. MEd LAc, Rosenfarb, A. ND LAc, Rozanski, C., Dagnelie, G. PhD (2013). A pilot study of an acupuncture protocol to improve visual function in retinitis pigmentosa patients. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cxo.12117/epdf.