The Eye Acupuncture therapy, is used to treat diseases by applying acupuncture at the acupoints around the eyeball and on orbital edge and it is developed from the 'diagnostic method of diseases by inspecting 'eyes' established by Hua Tuo ( a famous ancient physician in Han's Dynasty in China ) and after analyzing and summarizing the clinical observation and treatment of physicians in following successive dynasties.
After a diagnosis is made by observing the minute changes of blood vessels on conjunctiva of eye, the acupoints around the eyes are selected according to the principle of differential diagnosis and treatment in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various diseases, such as acute muscular sprain, early stage of apolepxy ( stroke) with hemiplegia and diseases of pain with a good therapeutic effect.
Theoretical basis of Eye Acupuncture
The origin or terminals of 8 out of 12 channel / meridians ( except lung, spleen, kidney and pericardium meridians ) are located in the region around eye, but the latter 4 meridians have an indirect connection with the eye through a link with their exterointeriorly correlated meridians. As mentioned in Miraculous Pivot, an ancient classical book on acupuncture:
- " The essence of all internal organs can be supplied to eyes…"
- " the blood and qi of 12 meridians and 365 collaterals can be supplied to the orifices on face ; and the Yang qi is supplied to eyes to produce the essence of eyes.."
- "All meridians are connected with eyes." Sue Wen
- " The eye is an organ to which all meridian assemble."
Therefore, the eyes are closely related to the internal organs and meridians and acupuncture applied at the acupoints around the eye can be used to treat many diseases of the whole body.