Acupuncture For Hearing/Vision Loss and Alzheimer’s
Submitted by Young C. Yi, LAc, OMD
Yi’s Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic
is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body –
most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It has been proven to be
effective in the treatment of conditions such as back/neck/joint pain,
headaches, anxiety, depression, nausea, and infertility. However, researchers
are only beginning to understand whether acupuncture can be helpful for various
other health conditions.
sensorineural hearing loss, commonly known as sudden deafness, occurs as an
unexplained, rapid loss of hearing, either at once or over several days. This
type of hearing loss is due to auditory nerve damage.
research is still being conducted, studies have shown that acupuncture can be
an effective solution for patients experiencing hearing loss of this nature.
They suggest that the use of acupuncture in addition to drug therapy increases
blood flow and the flow of oxygen to the ear, facilitating the recovery of
published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
supports this theory, saying that acupuncture “can significantly improve the hearing
of patients with nerve deafness, and the efficacy of acupuncture in combination
with medication is superior to medication alone.”
conducted at Wellesley College in 2000 concluded that acupuncture could treat
anxiety and depression for people who have Alzheimer’s. The study involved 11
participants who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Vascular Dementia.
Following treatment, researchers evaluated the mood of participants and found
substantial increases in mood, energy and pain from other ailments caused by
second study at the University of Hong Kong in 2000 administered acupuncture
treatments to eight patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. The research
team concluded that after treatments were finished, participants shows
significant improvement in memory and attention, as well as increased motor and
studies show promising results and lay the foundation for longer and more
controlled studies which could drastically improve the lives of people living
Your eyes are a reflection of your overall health. Illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular
disease can be revealed in the eyes. Conditions such as glaucoma, optic
neuritis or vision loss are often associated with systemic health
problems. It is this interconnection
between your eyes and your health that acupuncture and oriental medicine can
tap into and utilize to treat eye and vision problems.
Common eye problems treated with acupuncture include
glaucoma, cataracts, chronic dry eyes, macular degeneration, optic neuritis,
and optic atrophy.