I can already “see” a difference in my eyesight after today’s treatment! Would love to tell all who check out the eye treatments that they WORK! My eyesight is degenerative and you have stopped the process, allowing me to see much more clearly. I highly recommend your acupuncture treatments. One’s eyesight is so crucial – I travel a long way to receive your acupuncture because you are the best!
-W. Taylor, Northfield, MN; client since 2006
If you’ve been given no hope and told, “There’s nothing you can do…” for your eye disease, then you’ve come to the right place. I strive to be the antidote to “There’s nothing you can do…”, because it’s usually not true.
Since 2003 I’ve been specializing in the treatment of these life-altering ailments. My dad’s recent diagnosis of macular degeneration has made me even more dedicated to helping clients improve and preserve their precious sight. In addition, I am educating younger generations to help prevent future vision loss.
Macular Regeneration & Vision Repair Program
My program is based on the idea that your eye problem isn’t really an “eye” problem. With Chinese medicine, we consider and treat the whole person, not just your separate parts, and take a wholistic approach in assessing your physical and emotional health. In most cases, I believe your eyes are not causing systemic problems; systemic issues are causing your eye problems. It is my goal to identify and to correct the underlying causes of your vision difficulties. I do this with unique hand and foot-based acupuncture systems (NO needles go in your eyes), nutrition education, herbal supplementation, acupressure and other exercises. In addition, we will do a “Cleaning the Temples” assessment for home and body health.
The Macular Regeneration & Vision Repair program is a 5 Day intensive treatment and education event. It is very comprehensive, therapeutic, and enjoyable! You will experience the program with up to 4 other participants who also have retinal disease. This small group size allows for maximum interaction and plenty of time for asking questions and getting the answers you need.
The program is appropriate for: wet or dry macular degeneration, Stargardt’s, retinitis pigmentosa, macular pucker (epiretinal membrane) and diabetic retinopathy.
For other vision conditions including: glaucoma, uveitis (iritis), conjunctivitis, and post-herpetic eye pain, please set up a “First Time Acupuncture” appointment so that we can determine a plan of care. Usually these conditions are treated on a per-session basis with varying regularity, not with the 5 day program.
For Dry Mouth/Dry Eye treatments: schedule two “Community Acupuncture” appointments on consecutive days, about 24 hours apart (for example: Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:00). The cost for the pair of treatments, intake and tin of mints for treatment is $100.
Benefits of the Macular Regeneration & Vision Repair program may include:
- Increased visual acuity and eye health
- Improved overall health: digestion, sleep, pain reduction
- A proactive approach and plan to healing your eyes
- A chance to resume daily activities: crafts, reading, driving
- Empowerment through knowledge
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Potential to save your career due to vision loss
- A renewed sense of hope
“I invite you to explore the possibilities of this unique program that can change your life!”
Sessions begin on Monday mornings with a private intake appointment where we discuss your health history and goals for treatment. We’ll also complete various vision tests including: acuity, color fields, Amsler grid, contrast sensitivity, interocular eye pressure and visual field scans. That afternoon, starting at 2:00, we’ll do two acupuncture treatments and finish by about 4:00.
Tuesday through Friday mornings we’ll do two acupuncture treatments in the morning, usually starting at 10:00 and finishing by 12:00. Each treatment lasts about 30 minutes with an hour break in between (i.e. allow for 2 hours total acupuncture treatment time each day).
Friday afternoons are for reserved for retesting your vision and establishing continuing care plans for vision improvement.
The full program includes:
- Ten Acupuncture Treatments
- Two Sets of Vision Tests
- Dietary Intake Journal with Chinese Medicine-based nutrition advice
- Personal and Home Care products evaluation
- Copy of Minneapolis author Peggy Wolfe’s book “Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss”
- Acupressure Instruction with Acupressure Sphere
Macular Regeneration & Vision Repair Program: $800
Follow-up Community Acupuncture style appointments: $40 per session
Additional Eye Tests & Visual Field Scans: $100
Click here for complete instructions on how to prepare for and schedule the program. The Health History and all other necessary forms are included there.
What type of acupuncture do you do for the vision treatments?
I use a combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture, AcuNova, various “micro-acupuncture” systems that use ears, scalp, hands and feet, and other protocols depending on the client and the condition being treated.
Where do the needles go? How many?
Most sessions use about 12-20 pins, usually in the hands, feet, arms, legs and head. NO needles go in the eyes!
What can I expect?
About 80% of clients notice some changes within the first 10 treatments. Most commonly noted are increased brightness, better acuity and a larger visual field.
Do I need follow-up treatments?
I usually like to see clients every other week for a pair of treatments for three months following the Macular Regeneration program. This is a general guideline.
If a client is not noticing changes within 20 acupuncture sessions, I recommend they have a thorough blood chemistry panel to further assess possible underlying health issues. There are so many reasons why a treatment might not seem to be working including: medications, chronic health issues such as diabetes or heart disease; poor nutrition, inappropriate supplements, excess sexual activity, unexpressed emotions and stress, to name a few. Often these issues need to be addressed for the acupuncture to work better.
I have some clients that have been seeing me for their “eyes” since 2003 and their vision is maintaining and their overall health remains strong. They have chosen to make regular treatments an essential part of their health and vision care and the results are clear: Acupuncture Works!