Acupuncture for Glaucoma - Treatment Protocols

General Approaches

Acupuncture For Glaucoma - Treatment Protocols

Acupuncture treatment protocols are generally directed towards the deeper root of a persons set of health issues, not at each individual issue. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, treatment is generally directed towards the individuals diagnostic pattern(s) and their primary issue is only a part of the information required to approach the correct patterns to treat (see "treating the cause vs. the symptoms" for an introduction to this process.).

In designing an acupuncture protocol for glaucoma, one might find one or a combination of the following patterns: kidney yin deficiency, liver wind, liver yang rising among many other possibilities and possible combinations.

Below you will find some of the more common tcm diagnoses and acupuncture treatment protocols for glaucoma. There are many ways to approach the treatment of this condition within TCM. Our presentation describes foundational approaches that would need to be further tailored in most cases to be effective for a given individual.

  • Etiology & Pathology:
    • In glaucoma fluid is not draining properly from the canal of Canal of Schlemm which builds up pressure. Vision begins to fail, loss of small areas of peripheral vision (blind spots). During acute attacks, blurred vision or halos around lights is possible.
    • KD Yin Deficiency which leads to LV Yang Rising and then to Wind rising to the head
  • Differentiation:

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were consulted within this section:

  • St. John, Meredith: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes

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