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Cathy Wong, ND

Acupuncture for Lazy Eye?

By January 6, 2011

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New research shows that acupuncture may help treat amblyopia, a condition more commonly known as "lazy eye."

The study involved 88 children with amblyopia: 43 participants received five acupuncture treatments a week, while the other 45 had their good eye patched for two hours a day (a standard treatment strategy for amblyopia). After 15 weeks, lazy eye was resolved in 41.5 percent of eyes in the acupuncture group (compared with 16.7 percent of eyes in the patching group).

It's not known how acupuncture might help treat amblyopia. However, the study's authors theorize that targeting vision-related acupuncture points on the body may alter activity in brain regions responsible for receiving data from the eyes. It's also possible that acupuncture may stimulate blood flow to the eye and promote the production of certain compounds known to nourish retinal nerves, the study's authors note.

Comments
January 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(1) diana adair says:

Enjoyed your article. There is much needed information and education on natural methods of healing.

January 27, 2011 at 10:32 am
(2) acupuncture says:

Acupuncture basically rejuvenates the functioning of vein so as to stimulate the appropriate hormones which in turn increase the human blood circulation. This is because it works well for lazy eyes

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