Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, which can lead to blurred vision and sensitivity to light. In traditional Chinese medicine, cataracts are caused by qi deficiencies in several areas of the body. Qi is the flow of energy within the body, which needs to be balanced for optimum health and wellness.
Cataracts, then, are associated with these imbalances:
- Deficiency in the liver and kidney
- Deficiency in the spleen
- Excessive heat in the liver
The three imbalances have distinct causes and associated symptoms. Symptoms of spleen deficiency include blurred vision, fatigue, and sallow complexion, while clients with liver deficiency might experience dizziness along with weak vision. Those with heat in the liver will experience headaches and dry throat in addition to eye issues. If you are experiencing eye problems, it is necessary to consult with a trained acupuncturist to determine the causes of your visual symptoms.
Fortunately, acupuncture can be used to treat cataracts and other vision-related issues. By helping to balance and strengthen the qi, acupuncture can improve eye health. Acupuncture can also be used in combination with Western medical treatment and other alternative therapies, without fear of dangerous side effects. Here at Acupuncture Associates in Wilmington, NC, my initial meeting with any client is used to determine the underlying causes of their individual issues and design a personalized treatment plan. If you are concerned about your vision, contact our office today –910-798-8181.