You might already be aware of the various health benefits acupuncture can provide, from improving digestive function to alleviating the symptoms of chronic pain in various parts of the body. However, acupuncture can also be used to assist with a whole host of conditions related to the eyes, and our vision in general.
In the points below, we’ll first introduce how acupuncture points work before walking through the various acupuncture points around our eyes.
What are acupuncture points?
Acupuncture points are specific places on the body where needles are inserted with the aim to stimulate certain internal functions for a variety of health benefits. These acupuncture points are located on meridians (lines of energy that run throughout the body, which are thought to be connected to various organs and systems).
There are a total of 12 main meridians in the body, and each one is associated with a different organ. There is a total of 361 acupuncture points located along these 12 meridians in the body, each of which has a specific name and location.
Acupuncture points are usually named after the organ or system that they are associated with. For example, the point “LI-11” is located on the large intestine meridian and is thought to be beneficial for digestive issues.
Acupuncture points around the eyes
Acupuncture points around the eyes include the third eye acupuncture point (on the forehead between your eyebrows), the space between the eyes and the bridge of the nose, the nostrils, and the hollows at the side of the eyes.
Here’s a specific breakdown of the acupuncture points around the eyes, useful for treating eye strain, dry eyes and other conditions:
- Jingming (UB-1)– Jingming means “bright eyes” and this point is situated in the inner corner of the eye. It’s thought to bring Qi and blood to the eyes, which helps with eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, night blindness, conjunctivitis and blurry vision.
- Zan Zhu (UB-2)– This refers to the crease at the inner end of the brow, and is thought to be key to treating headaches, blurred vision, tearing, redness, eye twitching and glaucoma.
- Yuyao (Ex-HN4)– This is located in the middle of the brow, directly above the pupil. Yuyao is used for treating eye strain, twitching of the eyelids, ptosis (upper eyelid that hangs low), cloudiness of the cornea, redness and swelling.
- Sizhukong (SJ 23)– Located in the hollow area at the outer part of the eyebrow, the Sizhukong acupuncture point is thought to be helpful for alleviating pain in the eyes and face, including headaches, redness, blurred vision and facial paralysis.
- Tongzilia (GB 1)– Located on the outside corner of the eye, the Tongzilia point is believed to brighten the eyes. Manipulating this point can also aid in treating headaches, redness, eye pain, light sensitivity, dry eyes, cataracts and conjunctivitis.
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At Eastern Therapies, we are fully qualified and highly experienced in tailoring acupuncture treatment to cater for our clients’ specific ailments, conditions and motivations – whether that’s vision concerns, supporting weight loss as part of a holistic program, or addressing the symptoms of tinnitus or back complaints. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0400 331 321. To book an appointment at our Bondi Junction clinic, you can do so online.