Towards healthy vision with TCM
“Treat not the present but the forthcoming” is a much-said quote from The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine, which clearly explains the TCM philosophy in treating illnesses and diseases. TCM plays an important role in treating eye ailments by regulating the functions and promoting circulation of the body fluids to balance the Yin and Yang status in the body. In TCM, the two most important organs in governing the health of the eyes are the Liver and Kidneys. They work together closely to ensure the health of our eyes for clear sharp vision.
These days, eye problems surface rapidly in our population due to the heavy use of the television and computer. Common ailments include glaucoma, cataract, eyelid ptosis (AP), muscae volitantes (meaning “flying flies”), retinal and macular diseases which produce symptoms such as dry or teary eyes, inability to open the eyes, blurred vision, floaters or spots, diplopia (double vision), and distorted vision. TCM helps to relieve tired, dry eyes and at the same time, halts further deterioration in myopia or astigmatic sufferers.
TCM usually adapts different methods, such as herbal medications, acupuncture, massage and cupping when treating eye conditions. Each of these methods can be used alone or in different combinations to fully maximise treatment efficiency. Generally, one complete cycle of treatments requires 3 months of herbal medications, as well as 10 sessions of acupuncture.
Article by Physician Tang Yue who practices at Eu Yan Sang Premier TCM Centre @ Paragon