Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and Nutrition.


optometryAcupuncture has been proven through modern research to help improve eye diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

According to Oriental Medicine age related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa is reduced or weak circulation (blood flow) to the eye. Acupuncture is a method of treatment that sends highly oxygenated, nutritious blood flow to the retina and macula.  Blood flow is the body’s natural form of healing.

“Retinitis pigmentosa is the name given to a group of hereditary eye disorders, all of which involve the eye’s retina, the light-sensitive nerve layer that lines the back of the eye, and all of which cause a gradual, yet progressive, loss or reduction in visual ability.

In a recent pilot study conducted through Johns Hopkins University (JHU), investigators used an acupuncture treatment tailored to the retinitis pigmentosa population for its feasibility to improve visual function, specifically visual field and dark adaptation. The study showed that between 48- 60% of the patients had significant improvement in their vision.

Dr. Herrin is one of very few acupuncturists in the United States that has been trained in the acupuncture protocol performed at the JHU study.

In most cases, conventional medical treatments offer very little in restoring and maintaining vision..  However, acupuncture is a viable holistic approach to treating retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration.  And it is very safe if performed by a competently trained acupuncturist, such as Dr. Herrin.  Call us today for a free consultation to see if acupuncture is right for you.