Qi energy (also known as Chi) is the life force that flows through all of us in different forms. For instance the most fundamental forms of qi are Yin (female energy and Yang (male energy) as well as Yuan qi, or ancestral qi that we are all born with; Hou tain qi (or postnatal qi), which we absorb from air, food, and water; We qi that flows at the surface of the body, as a protective sleeve; as well as specific energies connected to each of our internal organs, including the liver/gallbladder, lungs/large intestine, heart/small intestine/triple heater, kidneys/bladder, and stomach/spleen, which, in turn flow through 71 distribution channels known as meridians.
Although traditional Chinese medicine holds that all diseases involving the eyes are said to be most closely related to the liver meridian, all channels run through the eyes, and can, therefore, affect one’s vision if they become blocked or “out of balance.” For instance, while the cornea and iris are influenced mostly to the liver meridian, the pupil and lens (basically) belong to the kidney meridian. The sclera (white part of the eye) belongs to the lungs. The arteries and veins to the heart. The upper eyelid to the spleen, and the lower eyelid to the stomach (which along with the spleen also controls circulation in the eyes).
As a result, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help free qi energy by stimulating the blocked points to increase the flow of oxygen and blood providing vital nutrients to the eyes, and thus support eye health by reducing the risk of developing eye disease and preserve vision. Impaired circulation to the eyes also results in toxic accumulation of metabolic ocular waste materials formed by the eyes during their normal day-to-day functioning.
Another way acupuncture improves vision is by stimulating retinal, ganglia, and optic nerve cells, etc, which can “become inactive and go into a dormant state” if not getting proper nourishment. In addition, acupuncture treatments can also benefit people with existing disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, eye floaters and chronic dry eyes, as well as nearsightedness and farsightedness by strengthening overall circulation and the flow of energy to the eye muscles. In fact, it should be noted that while modern research has found that using vitamins and medication were “60% effective for treating patients with macular degeneration patients; acupuncture proved to be 88% effective.”
Additional curative Chinese medicine practices include the use of herbs; massage therapy (Tui Na); skin scraping (Gui Sha), and physical exercises and breathing techniques known as qigong. Many qigong practices incorporate Heaven qi and Earth qi, as well as the qi that radiating specifically from trees, flowers, lakes, and mountains.