Vision Problems

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Vision Problems Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for vision problems. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "vision problems" is rarely designed with the resulting "vision 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 vision 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 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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  • PC 1 (Celestial Pool)
    1 cun lateral to the nipple in the 4th ICS.
    Window of the Sky Point, opens the chest - fullness, counte…
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  • SI 6 (Nursing the Aged)
    Dorsal to the head of the ulna in the body cleft on the rad…
    Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or arms. Us…
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  • SI 7 (Branch to the Correct)
    5 cun proximal to the dorsal crease of the wrist on the SI …
    Local point for pain and/or strength/control issues in the …
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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 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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  • 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 6 (Light Guard)
    1.5 cun posterior to UB 5 or 2.5 cun above AHL and 1.5 cun …
    Local point generally for headaches and vision issues - cle…
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  • UB 10 (Celestial Pillar)
    1.3 cun lateral to GV 15 in a depression or .5 cun above th…
    Relieves pain - neck issues, stiffness, ROM, occipital 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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