What is Diabetic Retinopathy ?
Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially blinding complication of diabetes that damages the eye's retina. It effects half of all Americans diagnosed with diabetes, and has been “ranked as the fifth most common cause of preventable blindness and fifth most common cause of moderate to severe visual impairment.”
Only 6% of patients with Diabetes end up losing their vision. Blindness is largely preventable if the patient and the medical team work together.
The strategy for managing diabetic retinopathy is inseparable from managing the metabolism, which means using an integration of medications, blood sugar testing, lifestyle habits, diet, supplementation and acupuncture.
Long lasting glucose imbalances in the blood can lead to damage to the retina which may not be obvious at first, but the consequences can get worse with time and severely threatening vision.
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:
Blurry or distorted vision
Shadow cast across your field of vision
Impaired color vision
Elevated Hba1c levels
What can taproot acupuncture & herbs
do for Diabetic Retinopathy ?
Blindness is avoidable!
At taproot, we provide you with a complete integrative protocol that includes acupuncture, micro-current stimulation for your eyes, personalized herbal formulas and supplements, as well as lifestyle and nutrition recommendations.
Acupuncture treatment benefits the eyes by regulating blood flow and improving the circulation to the back of the eye. By improving the circulation, the weakened vessels are slowly repaired, macular edema can diminish, and fat deposits are potentially able to be flushed out..
In a controlled clinical trial, Hubei Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine ophthalmology department researchers gave patients with diabetic retinopathy acupuncture treatments every two days for 2 months as well as herbal formulas.
They determined that herbal medicine therapy alone benefits vision, and that the addition of acupuncture to the treatment protocol significantly improved patient outcomes.
Total effective rate was 71.4%
Zhu Dan (2018) “Clinical Observation on Acupuncture Combined with He Xue Ming Mu Tablets in Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy” Journal of Hubei University of Chinese Medicine Vol. 20 (4), pp. 87-89.
Your treatment plan to improve vision & eye health
We recommend you commit to coming 3 times a week for at least one month.
Prior to treatment, we recommend that you receive testing from your local eye doctor to establish a baseline.
Bring your report of findings to the initial consultation and assessment
Therapy consists of 30-minute sessions per day, that might include acupuncture, electro-acupuncture or micro current therapy (see below).
Receive a customized plan for diet, exercise, vitamins & supplements, herbal formulas, breathing exercises and eye exercises to improve maintenance while at home.
Reassess your vision after your treatments with your ophthalmologist.
Maintenance and continued treatments are possible if the patient showed an obvious positive response. Maintenance treatments can be offered monthly or seasonally, depending on your needs.
And of course, no needle ever goes into the eye.