Very few of us know that acupuncture can actually improve and/or maintain the healthy function of our vision. A number of medical experts state that acupuncture aids in resolving certain problems related to vision. One of these problems commonly treated by acupuncture practitioners in Portland is Retinitis Pigmentosa. Acupuncture is a very old Chinese medical tradition that is capable of alleviating a wide range of conditions.
1. If you are suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa and are considering getting acupuncture treatment, you may ask how frequently the treatment needs to be repeated.
The first actual treatment may take about a week or two. After that, a test will be conducted to see how far your condition has improved. Follow up treatments is usually recommended twice or thrice a year for one or two weeks.
2. Acupuncture treatment for Ushers, Retinitis Pigmentosa and other similar symptoms oftentimes produce amazing long-term results. There are patients who have continued treatment for a decade and some even longer than that. These patients show results that are significantly impressive when compared to other modalities. If these patients have relied solely on conventional treatments, they should have lost their vision by now; instead, they have vision that is good enough for them to drive.
Many acupuncturists have observed that their long-term Retinitis Pigmentosa patients who have received regular treatments had not experienced any vision loss at all. On the other hand, those who have not kept up with treatments and instead only return when their symptoms got worse are the ones who have suffered from blindness.
3. Acupuncture helps boost the flow of blood in the eyes which improves the function of the visual cortex which in turn results in the enhancement of vision. Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to help treat the underlying problem.
4. In some instances, acupuncture may not work. There are people who just do not respond to this treatment and there are others who have received serious traumatic injury to the eye. The injury can be caused by a car accident or some other traumatic accident. Acupuncture may not work if the underlying condition for Retinitis Pigmentosa is brain damage or stroke, or if the patient has a history of emotional or mental illness.
Some individuals suffering from a very advanced stage of an eye condition may be beyond the reach of acupuncture treatment. There are also certain drugs like heave painkillers, corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory medications that can also lessen the efficacy of acupuncture.
5. Patients may need to undergo a week or two of intense sessions in order to obtain really good results. This may mean a minimum of two times a day and a maximum of three during the weeks of intensive therapy. However, getting regular treatments (a few times per week) usually produce good results, as well.
6. A usual plan of treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa may involve preliminary diagnostic examinations and testing. Then, a 5-day treatment course will be performed with laser acupuncture, micro-acupuncture, electro-acupuncture or traditional acupuncture two times a day. The acupuncturist will also prescribe supplements for 5 days then the patient will be examined at the end of the 5-day treatment.
Willow Tree Wellness Clinic
1607 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232