Optic Nerve Atrophy

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Optic Nerve Atrophy" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for optic nerve atrophy.

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "optic nerve atrophy" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "optic nerve atrophy" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

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.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To illustrate and guide developing an acupuncture treatment for someone experiencing optic nerve atrophy, this issue is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol section:

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:

  • View EX Shangming (Upper Brightness)

        Directly below the midpoint of the arch of the eyebrow, just under the superior border of the orbit. Below Yuyao.

        Disorders of the eyelids, pterygium. Vision issues, optic nerve atrophy, glaucoma.
  • View 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 (internal or external), excess, a/or heat. Eye pain, strain, redness, swelling, itching, twitching, blurry vision, etc. Myopia, color blindness, night blindness. Glaucoma, optic nerv…

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