Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Can TCM Acupuncture Halt Deterioration of Visual Field in Retinitis Pigmentation (RP) Patients

Can TCM Acupuncture Halt Deterioration of Visual Field in Retinitis Pigmentation (RP) Patients?

A 39 years old Malay woman came to see me on 25th Mar 2014 complaining of poor visual field, headache and hot sensation on both eyes.  She said that she has suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa (night blindness) since 1994 and has seen National Eye Centre for some years. Lately because of stress and depression, her vision has deteriorated further ( 95% ) and there were frequent flashes on both of her eyes.  She said she needed a walking stick and a name tag from the Singapore Association of Visual Handicap. After five acupuncture sessions and some herbal medicine she said that her headache and hot sensation on her eyes disappeared. She has also noted improvements in visual field including expansion of visibility and larger visual field.

She said that she has four children and her husband has left her (he has another family with another woman). She has lost her job lately as she is not able to see well (NEC report indicated vision is 6/15). 

She said that she needs financial help from welfare/government organization to feed her children and to seek medical help.  So, I wrote a letter for her so that she can present to the welfare department.

I am a qualified TCM ophthalmologist from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I graduated with a PhD degree. I have done research on Retinitis Pigmentosa (main subject) during my studies in the above University.  

Treatments for retinitis pigmentosa with acupuncture and TCM herbal medicine have demonstrated positive clinical outcomes in several studies/thesis by many universities in China. These studies were published in many well-known journals.

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion concludes that acupuncture treatment protects the optic nerve from damage caused by intraocular pressure by alleviating stresses on retinal and optic nerve axonal ultrastructures.

The Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine published that the use of Chinese medicine improved retinal cone activity for patients with retinitis pigmentosa, even in cases of advanced retinal degeneration. Using electroretinograms for the investigation, the study also concludes that, “TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatment could also enhance the bioactivity of (the) nerve network and therefore have a definite significance in retarding the progression of disease and keeping the central vision.”


It said that the methods used by TCM physician, namely acupuncture and TCM herbal medicine can improve effectively the function and metabolism of optic cell, promote blood circulation of the retina, enhance the visual acuity and protect the central vision for the patients.  
- See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/357-acupunctureceuretinitispigmentosa?highlight=WyJyZXRpbml0aXMiLCJwaWdtZW50b3NhIiwicmV0aW5pdGlzIHBpZ21lbnRvc2EiXQ==#sthash.rEH4MMB3.dpuf

There is an article from Healthcare Medicine Institute. This article finds that acupuncture Improves eyesight for retinitis pigmentosa. It also said that patients receiving acupuncture (ranging from ages 7-75 years) showed significant improvement and a halting of deterioration of the visual field.

This article said the study finds acupuncture effective in significantly improving eyesight for patients with retinitis pigmentosa(RP).  Acupuncture improved overall eyesight and improved issues of dark to light adaptation and nyctalopia (night blindness).

The study said patients received 10 thirty minute acupuncture treatments over a two week period. Testing showed that some of the patients improved in both eyes after only one week of acupuncture treatment and the results lasted between 10 to 12 months.  Dark adaptation increased significantly in patients. Night vision and the ability to see in darkened regions improved significantly in patients.



Contact: Dr. Ong Swee Ling  Ph.D of Medicine (TCM)
Email: ong.swee.ling@gmail.com,
Email: yongkangmedicalhall@gmail.com

Clinic address: Yong Kang Medical Hall Pte Ltd., 
Blk 78A, Telok Blangah St 32, 
Singapore 101078.
Tel: 62726400
Mobile: 96635600 (Text and appointment only)







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