Eye Problems

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Eye Problems Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for eye problems. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "eye problems" is rarely designed with the resulting "eye problems" exclusively in mind.

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

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When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. A potential range of underlying factors and approaches for eye problems are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for eye and vision problems - treatment protocols " .

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at C3 (Sides of Spine at C3)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C3 innervates the eyes, sinuses, temporal lobe areas and an…
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  • EX Shangming (Upper Brightness)
    Directly below the midpoint of the arch of the eyebrow, jus…
    Disorders of the eyelids, pterygium. Vision issues, optic …
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  • EX Xinming 1 ()
    Midpoint of the skin folds posterior to the earlobe, 5 fen …
    Xinming points were discovered by clinicians in the 70's. …
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  • EX Xinming 2 ()
    At the depression 1 cun above the external end of eyebrow a…
    Xinming points were discovered by clinicians in the 70's. …
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  • HT 3 (Lesser Sea)
    With the elbow flexed, between the ulnar end of the cubital…
    Pain, numbness, tremors, etc. of the lower arms a/or hands …
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  • HT 9 (Lesser Surge)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial si…
    Jing Well Point - clear heat a/or obstruction from the oppo…
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  • LI 1 (Metal Yang)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial si…
    Jing Well Point, for heat, pain, stagnation, especially at …
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  • LI 2 (Second Space)
    On the radial side of the index finger distal to the 2nd me…
    Shown to increase saliva production and to effect the areas…
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  • LI 4 (Union Valley)
    In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.
    Releases the exterior for wind-cold or wind-heat syndromes …
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  • LI 14 (Upper Arm)
    On the radial side of the upper arm, 7 cun above LI 11 at t…
    Local point for pain in the shoulder and upper arm. Weakne…
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  • SI 1 (Lesser Marsh)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the ulnar sid…
    Breast disorders of any etiology, insufficient lactation, m…
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  • SI 2 (Front Valley)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the crease, …
    Local point for pain, swelling, numbness of the fingers.  A…
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  • SI 3 (Back Ravine)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the distal p…
    Master Point of the GV, effects entire pathway. Pain in th…
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  • ST 1 (Tear Container)
    Below the pupil, between the eyeball and the infraorbital r…
    Any eye issue, although ST 2 is a good alternative and argu…
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  • ST 2 (Four Whites)
    Below the pupil, in a depression at the infraorbital forame…
    Any eye problem - red, painful and/or itchy eyes, excessive…
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  • ST 4 (Earth Granary)
    Directly below the pupil, lateral to the corner of the mout…
    Facial pain - Bell's palsy, facial paralysis, trigeminal ne…
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  • ST 5 (Great Reception)
    Anterior to the angle of the mandible on the anterior borde…
    Local point - Pain a/or swelling of the cheek/jaw, neck pai…
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  • ST 8 (Head Corner)
    Directly above ST 7, .5 cun within the anterior hairline at…
    Classically mentioned for "splitting headache; headache w/n…
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  • ST 44 (Inner Court)
    Proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd metatars…
    Ying Spring Point - Clears heat from the channel and organ …
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  • UB 1 (Bright Eyes)
    In a depression, .1 cun above the inner canthus of the eye.
    Main point for all eye disorders especially from wind (inte…
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  • UB 2 (Bamboo Gathering)
    On the medial end of the eyebrow, directly above the inner …
    Local point for sinus congestion a/or headache. Red, itchy…
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  • UB 4 (Deviating Turn)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 24, or .5 cun inside the AHL at the j…
    Local point for headache and/or nasal issues. Headaches, p…
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  • UB 5 (Fifth Place)
    .5 cun behind UB 4 or 1 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cun later…
    Local point for headache and/or eye pain. Epilepsy, yang a…
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  • UB 9 (Jade Pillow)
    1.3 cun lateral to GV 17 or 2.5 cun above the PHL, 1.3 cun …
    Expels wind-cold - nasal congestion, chills and fever, head…
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  • UB 18 (Liver Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 8, level with T9.
    Main point for all Liver related conditions in TCM terms - …
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    The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches. For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "eye problems", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Eye Problems ".

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