Treating Retinitis Pigmentosa with Traditional Chinese Medicine

July 18, 2011

Here is a possible treatment. Approach with skepticism. The word “holistic” used with medicine is like the word “organic” applied to food: maybe helpful, maybe meaningless.

Wellspring Clinic for Holistic Medicine

Dr. Weidong Yu
916 West King Edward Avenue
Vancouver BC V5Z 2E2

Toll Free Tel. 1-877-737-7876 (U.S. & Canada)
Tel. 604-737-7876
Fax 604-738-2897

An Austrian research study has repeatedly demonstrated that acupuncture treatment can lead to a marked increase of blood flow velocity in the supratrochlear artery in a RP patient. Although the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine remains to be established in further, better designed, clinical trials, it is safe to say that TCM is a valuable treatment option to be explored or tried by RP patients and medical researchers.

At Wellspring Clinic in Vancouver, Canada, we have developed a treatment protocol for RP patients—-Wellspring Vision Improvement Protocol (WVIP), which mainly consists of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and antioxidants supplementation.




More News on Acupuncture and Macular Degeneration

February 1, 2010

Here is another news item on acupuncturee and AMD.

Keep in mind that because this procedure is not FDA approved, it is not covered by Medicare or other insurance providers. 

An interesting study on acupuncture was done in New Mexico in 2003-2004 with of 108 patients, all diagnosed with macular degeneration by an ophthalmologist.

Overall, 69% of patients improved in distant vision and 69% improved in near vision.

Patients with both wet and dry forms of AMD benefited equally.

√ Half of patients had subjective vision improvement

√ 33% of patients gained more than 2 lines on EDTRS charts

√ 20% reported lessening or disappearance of scotomas

√ 7% of patients noted improved color vision

The only complication was an occasional bruising and recovery was quick and easy.