Acupuncture Treatment of Exudative Central Chorioretinopathy
A Preliminary Report of 600 Cases, Department of Ophthalmology, The First Hospital, Zhejiang Medical College Compiled by Ye Linmei
Exudative central chorioretinopathy is one of the common ocular diseases. The early impairment of the central vision and protracted clinical course may seriously interfere with the life of those suffered. Various remedies have been advocated by authors of different countries with certain beneficial results, though far from being satisfactory. On account of the lengthy therapeutic course and great expense needed, their practical use has not met with general approval.
|Since the mid 1970 we began to treat this disease with acupuncture of “Xiangyang” point and the clinical results attained were encouraging with an overall cure or improved rate up to 97.66%. From the accumulated clinical experiences for more than 7 years, it has shown that acupuncture of”Xiangyang” point in the treatment of exudative central chorioretinopathy is the method of choice. It is efficacious, with shorter therapeutic course, simple, safe and almost painless with a low cost and less equipment needed.|
Analysis of 600 cases with exudative central chorioretinopathy undergoing acupuncture therapy showed an overall results of cured or improved in 586 cases (97.66%) and unsatisfactory in 14 cases (2.34%).
The role of acupuncture might be postulated as that the favorable effects of needling “Xiangyang” point perhaps transverse through the distribution of cervical plexus and sympathetic chains. More recently the fluorescing angiography of the fundus has demonstrated definite changes in thepermeability of choriocapillaries. One would anticipated that the mild stimulation by needling may regulate the malfunctioned cervical sympathetic plexus, reduce the permeability of choriocapilaries and promote the resolution of edema and exudation. As regards the nature of channel, whether it does designate nervous system still remains unsolved. For the time being we would assume that this acupuncture channel may intimately correlate with nervous system.
Although this study stimulated Xiangyang or Shangyang point or LI 1 with a acupuncture point with a needle this point can be stimulated by rubbing or pressure with your finger or Q-Tip. In addition direct application of microcurrent to this point will have an effect.
“This study supports the role of accupuncture and microcurrent in the treatment of macular degeneration. The best way to stimulate the accupuncture meridians is to use microcurrent! ” EK
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