Q: I have dry eyes. Is there anything that acupuncture
can do for this condition?
Yes, acupuncture can help relieve dry eyes. Tears keep your eyes moist,
lubricating the surface of the eye for eyelid closure and guard against
infection. They also wash away allergens and protect your eye. Dry eye
syndrome is very common and is a result of not producing enough tears, or
having poor quality tears. More and more people suffering from this disorder
are now turning to acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help relieve their
• Blurred vision that improves with blinking
• Excessive tearing
• Increased discomfort after periods of reading, watching TV, or working on
In Traditional Chinese medicine dry eyes is a result of a deficiency of Yin.
Yin is responsible for producing all fluids in the body, including tears.
Acupuncture, and in more chronic cases, Chinese herbal medicine can help
resolve the condition. Patients can see a significant improvement after 3-6
Jasmine Sufi HBSc, BHSc, D.Ac
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