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Prevent or Stop Retinitis Pigmentosa Caused Vision Loss with Acupuncture

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Loss of peripheral vision can result from a hereditary eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP). This condition can cause the gradual degeneration of the cones and rods in the retina. The progression of the disease slowly constricts the peripheral vision of the sufferer leaving him/her with clear central vision until the disease’s final stages. Acupuncture is a novel and unique treatment for RP. The following are a few commonly asked questions about acupuncture and its use in treating this disease.

1. If you have been diagnosed with RP, when should acupuncture be started?

Answer: Being a degenerative eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa will eventually lead to a decline in vision and even blindness on the affected eye. It’s almost impossible to regain that vision once it is lost. Treatment that is started at the first sign of the disease can stop the disease and prevent further loss of vision.

2. How many courses of treatment does one require for RP?

Answer: There are two phases of RP treatment. The first phase is an initial evaluation which is needed to determine the response rate of the patient to acupuncture as well as ongoing maintenance. The patient needs to be evaluated before treatment commences. The acupuncturist needs to have a baseline in which he can rate the progress of improvement of the patient. Vision improvements should be measured to see if the acupuncture treatment works for the patient. This initial phase usually entails continuous intensive therapy lasting five days. The initial intensive therapy may continue for another week if a measurable improvement is observed. The next phase is the treatment itself lasting for one to two weeks and repeated twice or thrice a year.

3. What long term results can be expected from the treatment?

Answer: Vision improvements can be seen within the first week of intensive treatment. Depending on the patient, these results may last for three to six months. To maintain results, periodic treatments are required.

4. Is there any difference in using acupuncture with Chinese herbs and using acupuncture only?

Answer: In the treatment of RP, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture are considered complementary therapies. Traditional Chinese medicine utilizes herbs to address underlying health conditions. These can be problems with chronic inflammation or metabolic or autoimmune problems. Acupuncture can halt the further degeneration of vision by boosting the circulation of blood to the eye and stimulating the visual centers of the brain, photoreceptor cells, and the optic nerve.

5. Why, in some cases, does acupuncture not work?

Answer: Acupuncture has the capacity to stimulate certain regions of the body by sending signals to the brain which leads to a desired response. A brain that has been damaged by disease or by physical injury will not respond in a predicted manner and most probably won’t produce the correct outcomes. Narcotics, certain prescription medications, or severe emotional trauma may impair acupuncture’s efficacy.

6. Are long-term treatments less effective than intensive therapy and does a patient really need more than a single round of treatment?

Answer: Long-term treatments and intensive therapy are both equally effective. Long-term treatments can lead to gradual results and should be done on a regular basis to prevent or stop further vision loss. Intensive therapy, on the other hand, brings about almost instantaneous outcomes, that may need only follow-up treatments for maintenance.

7. What is better for RP, laser acupuncture or traditional acupuncture?

Answer: Both are equally effective in treating Retinitis Pigmentosa. If you have a phobia of needles laser treatment is a treatment you can agree with. This technique is relatively new and instead of needles low intensity light beams are the tools that will stimulate your vital organs.

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Written by Valerie

October 20th, 2016 at 2:34 pm

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