Acupuncture for Vision Loss
Microsystem Acupuncture for vision loss is a relatively new acupuncture treatment that utilizes a selection of points from various acupuncture systems with maximum effect on the eyes. Most of the newly found points are located in the hands and feet. No needles are placed in or near the eye. Since the beginning in the 1980’s in Denmark more than 10,000 people throughout both Europe and the US have benefited from this procedure. Over 80% of patients treated have had a marked improvement in their vision and/or a slowing/stopping of the progression of their disease.
The Microsystem Acupuncture points particularly support the eyes and brain by stimulating blood and Qi flow (and hereby increasing oxygen and nutrient circulation) to the retina, optic nerve and visual system. Additional attention is given to the liver and kidneys as the main detoxification organs. Very commonly having these needles induces a state of deep relaxation.
Dr. Gunnar Hansen practiced in a German clinic for 7 years with Dr. Hans-Peter Wutta, the German pioneer in treating patients for degenerative eye disease with this procedure. In an independent study of 106 of their patients with Macular Degeneration (wet and dry) 86% experienced significant improvement in their vision and/or the arrest of this otherwise degenerative condition.
The following conditions have been successfully treated:
- Macular Degeneration (AMD, wet & dry)
- Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
- Open Angle Glaucoma
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Vision loss due to traumatic injury or stroke
- Stargardt Macular Dystrophy
- Optic Nerve Atrophy
In many cases other degenerative diseases of the eye or visual system have responded to Microsystem Acupuncture as well. We encourage you to contact Dr. Hansen for an individual opinion.
The Treatment Process
The full treatment program is integrating elements from Naturopathy, TCM and a variety of Acupuncture systems. This allows for an individualized treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each patient and their underlying conditions that contribute to their eye disease. Patients come for an in initial consultation that will include
- Assessment of your general health
- Assessment of your eye condition
- Determination of the best frequency and duration of treatment for you
- Initial Acupuncture treatment
Depending on the individual patient additional tests or therapies may be suggested, eg.
- Food allergy testing
- other blood tests
- Nutrition and lifestyle counseling
- Ear Acupuncture
- Herbs and/or Homeopathy
- Eye exercises
- Craniosacral therapy
After the initial consultation, most patients are scheduled for a 10-day protocol over a two-week period and will receive 2 – 3 acupuncture treatments a day. The individual treatment duration is about 30 min and may include Microsystem Acupuncture, Phototherapy, Electroacupuncture and Ear Acupuncture. There is a one-hour break between treatments. Depending on your schedule you will spend 2 – 3 ½ hours a day at or close to the clinic.
We will assess your vision before, during and after the procedure. A series of vision tests (acuity chart near and far, contrast, colour vision and Amsler grid) will be used to establish a baseline and monitor your progress. Some patients will see improvement from treatment to treatment while for others it will take a longer time. The actual number of visits needed may vary depending on the severity of the disease, the length of time it has existed, and your overall health. About 85% of patients respond postively within the initial 10 day treatment period.
Longer lasting results
New patients have to understand that our treatment program does not offer a miracle cure. The success of this treatment is supported by your ongoing commitment to your health and wellbeing. Stress, additional health conditions, nutrition, medications and lifestyle all affect your aging process and the effectiveness of the treatment. At Vision Acupuncture we will provide you with extremely valuable information on diet, lifestyle and relevant eye care routines to further the success of your acupuncture treatment and ensure its longevity.
Degenerative eye disease gets worse if neclected and, as a general rule, will need ongoing treatment. Most patients will return two or three times a year for 3-5 day refresher treatments to maintain their eye health. Depending on the individual case longer visits and/or shorter intervals may be necessary. After the initial recovery of whatever lost vision possible the healing process will slow down but continue. During this phase many patients will gain new insight into the causes of their condition. With the appropriate lifestyle changes you can expect to see stabilization of your eye condition and significant improvement in your overall health, vitality and wellbeing.
Dr. Gunnar Hansen
Dr. Gunnar Hansen is a medical doctor from Germany and Registered Acupuncturist in Alberta, and has treated patients for over 25 years, integrating Western and Oriental medical approaches in General Practice. For the past 15 years he has also specialised in treating Degenerative Eye Conditions (Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma etc) with a new system of Microsystem Acupuncture that has gained popularity throughout Europe and the US over the last decade.
In the clinic he worked from in Germany, independent studies showed 86% of patients with Macular Degeneration experienced a significant improvement or arrest of an otherwise degenerative condition. For the past 3 years Dr Hansen is very happy to be offering this treatment from his new home in Edmonton. He is the first practitioner to offer it in Canada.