Electro acupuncture may provide measurable benefits to patients with retinitis pigmentosa. In fact, several doctors from various institutes have conducted several studies on the effects of electro acupuncture and how it may help patients with this condition. One good example is the research conducted by Dr Rosenfarb at the John Hopkins University in the US in 2015.
His study suggests that adding electro-acupuncture to acupuncture treatments may improve the probability of improving vision, especially in dimly lit environments, while reducing the other symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa.
What is Retinitis Pigmentosa?
This condition affects the vision and is commonly known as a degenerative eye disease. RP can even cause severe vision impairment and may even lead to blindness. This condition causes the cells in the retina – cones and rods – to die out. These regions of the eye are responsible for our night and peripheral vision. The first sign of RP is the loss of colour perception, and most people affected by it become colour blind.
Although the progress of RP may vary from person to person, it is often hard to detect in its early stages. Many patients will only realise the symptoms in later stages when their vision has already deteriorated significantly. There are cases where young patients in their 20’s experience narrow visual fields and low visual acuity, which is a common symptom of RP.
How can electro acupuncture help
Electro acupuncture may help in increasing the circulation of blood on our retina. This may improve our vision, leading to a significant recovery of peripheral vision. This type of acupuncture may also help get rid of photophobia, which in turn can slow the progress of degeneration in our retina.
Patients with RP who go through with this alternative treatment may bring back some of the normal functions of their eyes. Some patients can even start reading books, writing notes, and travel without assistance. Similarly, electro acupuncture may also improve the ophthalmic conditions of the eye, which could help the optic nerve’s healing process and increase the photoreceptor nerve-cell activity.
Things to consider before undergoing electro acupuncture
Since more and more patients with eye disorders are seeking acupuncture treatment; it is essential to check the qualification and track record of a practitioner before deciding to undergo treatments.
Organise a consultation with your local acupuncturist to see if they have experience with electroacupuncture for retinitis pigmentosa. You will be able to discuss your needs and expectations with the practitioner to decide whether you think this treatment option will be beneficial for you. You may have other conditions like ongoing pain or acid reflux which you can discuss as well.