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Home > Newsletters > May 2006 > Ask the Doctor

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Q: I have dry eyes. Is there anything that acupuncture can do for this condition?

 A: 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 discomfort.

Symptoms include:
Blurred vision that improves with blinking
Excessive tearing
Increased discomfort after periods of reading, watching TV, or working on a computer

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 sessions.

Jasmine Sufi HBSc, BHSc, D.Ac
Toronto, Ontario

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This month's Ask the Doctors question was answered by:

Jasmine Sufi HBSc, BHSc, D.Ac
Toronto, Ontario

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