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Swiss clinicians have found that acupuncture can improve visual function and quality of life for nystagmus patients. In an observational pilot study on six patients with nystagmus, acupuncture treatment was carried out following a standardised protocol (Baihui DU-20, Yintang M-HN-3, Qihai REN-6, Ganshu BL-18, Pishu BL-20, Shenshu BL-23, Fengchi GB-20, Hegu L.I-4., Shenmen HE-7, Houxi SI-3, Taichong LIV-3, Yanglingquan GB-34, Guangming GB-37, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Zusanli ST-36; local points: Jingming BL-1, Chengqi, ST-1, Qiuhou M-HN-8; ear points: Eye, Liver Zone, Point Zero, Brainstem and Point de Jerome). Patients were treated 10 times over five weeks. The results showed that patients experienced both subjective and objective improvements in components of visual function, including visual acuity and contrast vision. The data also demonstrated a dose-response relationship between these improvements and the number of acupuncture sessions received. The authors surmise that since patients with nystagmus often present with unstable cerebral blood flow, the effect of acupuncture on systemic and ocular blood flow may partly explain the benefits of the treatment.

The Effect of Acupuncture on Visual Function in Patients with Congenital and Acquired Nystagmus. Medicines (Basel). 2017 May 23;4(2). pii: E33.


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