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Acupuncture and Pterygium

Pterygium 150x150 Acupuncture and Pterygium

Pterygium can be treated with TCM so try this before surgery. It may be cheaper and less painfull

Acupuncture and Pterygium

Most of us are not aware of the health condition known as pterygium even though it is quite common in today’s times. The growth of conjunctiva is referred to as pterygium and this growth is generally caused through sunlight, dust accumulation or low humidity. Generally this growth is benign and it looks like a triangular overgrowth in the cornea of the eye. Pterygium is commonly confused with conjunctivitis. In Western medicine, the only treatment for pterygium is surgery. There are also eye drops available to help to reduce the discomfort caused by pterygium but it is only a temporary ease of the symptoms.

Acupuncture has been known to treat pterygium. This line of treatment is a branch of the Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been in use for more than five thousand years. Acupuncture can be defined as the total health care system which has provisions to treat most health conditions. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy and its treatment not only helps to treat the symptoms but it helps to remove the root cause of the condition as well. Acupuncture can help to heal health conditions through analyzing the body’s Qi (energy) flow.It works on the theory that the body’s Qi circulates through the channels. If a balanced flow of Qi occurs, then the body is in the perfect health. However, if there is an excess or deficiency of the Qi in any of the channels, and then it is likely to cause some type of health disorder.  The imbalance in the Qi flow in the body can also be caused due to poor eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle just to name a few.

Pterygium can be treated through the use of acupuncture which is a natural alternative for treating this condition then with surgery. In TCM pterygium is caused either due to heart heat, damp heat accumulation or both. Usually, in heart heat accumulation, the eyes are extremely red and itchy and a burning type of sensation is also felt. The condition is further characterized with difficulty to sleep, yellow urination and red face. The symptoms of damp heat accumulation involve abundance of discharge from the eyes. A burning discomfort is also experienced in the face along with body aches and loose stools.

After we complete the initial diagnosis, we plan out a treatment program keeping in mind the symptoms you have been suffering from. By inserting fine needles at the points where imbalance of Qi is, acupuncture will help to reduce the intensity of pterygium.  The length and the number of sessions required to treat this condition will vary from person to person depending on the individual’s condition. You can help to avoid pterygium by reducing sunlight exposure and by decreasing the exposure of your eyes to dust and dryness. It would also be beneficial to wash your face several times a day with clear water and you should always make sure to keep your eyes clean.

References:
Chinese Medicine Cure – Pterygium
Health and Vision – Acupuncture

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