Acupuncture For Hearing/Vision Loss and
Submitted by Young C. Yi,
Yi’s Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic
Acupuncture 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.
Sudden 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
While 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 nerve function.
Research 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.”
A study 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 aging.
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
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.