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Retinitis Pigmentosa

What is Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) ?

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic condition that affects the function of the photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) in the retina. The mutations lead eventually to death of the cells, and accumulation of pigment in the retina.

RP results in numerous symptoms that compromise vision including

  • light sensitivity 

  • loss of peripheral vision, or "tunnel vision"

  • nyctalopia, or poor night vision

  • difficulty to adapt from dark to light or from light to dark

  • blindness


Symptoms of RP most commonly begin in early childhood and affect nearly 1 in 4,000 people worldwide.

The progression of RP is often slow, but typically, after decades, the disease increases in severity and vision is permanently decreased. Patients diagnosed with RP during childhood are generally considered legally blind by the age of 40.

progressive tunnel vision and vision loss in retinitis pigmentosa

What can taproot acupuncture & herbs
do for RP ?

Blindness is avoidable!


At taproot, we provide you with a complete integrative protocol that includes 2 sessions of acupuncture a day, with micro-current stimulation for your eyes, personalized herbal formulas and supplements, as well as lifestyle and nutrition recommendations. See below for more detail.  

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Recent testing showed that patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa (RP) improved in both eyes after only one week of acupuncture treatment (2 treatments a day) and the results lasted between 10 to 12 months.

Dark adaptation increased significantly in the subjects, as well as night vision, and subjects showed a larger visual field.

The 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, in particular scotopic sensitivity.”



  1. Bittner, Ava K., Jeffrey M. Gould, Andy Rosenfarb, Collin Rozanski, and Gislin Dagnelie. "A pilot study of an acupuncture protocol to improve visual function in retinitis pigmentosa patients." Clinical and Experimental Optometry (2013).

Your treatment plan to improve vision & eye health ​​


  We offer either a 5- or 10-day treatment plan. We recommend that first-time patients come for two weeks (ten days of treatment) so we can  see how you respond to treatment. Some patients have the most response during a five-day plan, while others do best on a ten-day protocol.

  • Prior to treatment,  we recommend that you receive testing from your local eye doctor to establish a baseline. We might conduct a series of vision tests (central acuity near and far, visual field, contrast and color vision) to establish a baseline. 

  • Bring your report of findings to the initial consultation and assessment

  • Therapy consists of two 30-minute sessions per day, with at least an hour break in between treatments. Depending on your eye condition we 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.

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for the eyes

Acupuncture is the use of very thin, sterile needles that are inserted into specific points on the body, face and ears to promote circulation  and blood flow in and around the eyes, promoting eye cell metabolism and detoxification. Acupuncture is painless and has almost no side effects.


Chinese herbal


Each herbal formula is a unique combination of Chinese herbs specifically designed to address you as a whole : your body type,  medical history and specific

eye condition. 

You will go home with your own mix of granules to drink daily, during treatment and maintenance phase. Research shows promising results for eye health using herbs alongside acupuncture.

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Electro-acupuncture or

e-stim combines acupuncture needles with low-level electricity. It increases stimulation to key points around the eyes.

Eye conditions that respond favorably to e-stim include RP, dry AMD, optic atrophy, retinal occlusions, normal tension glaucoma and lazy eye.

Grapefruit and Vitamins


& supplements

For nourishing your eyes from the inside, we will recommend a targeted plan of carefully chosen vitamins and minerals, and discuss best food options to optimize ocular function.

All our recommendations focus on anti-oxydants, enzymes, or 

phytonutrients that have been thoroughly researched for your eye condition.

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for the eyes

Electrical stimulation has a long history in ophthalmology and was thought to be beneficial as early as 1873. It works by administering external electric impulses to the region around the eyes and triggers brain neuroplasticity.

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Breathing, Yoga

& eye exercises

Eye exercises have been around for thousands of years in the Chinese culture.

Daily eye exercises help

 promote better flow of blood, oxygen and energy through the eyes.   

There are many muscles in the eyes that control how well we see, and they are trainable like any other muscle in the body to become stronger and more flexible.