Eyes on Acupuncture: Treating Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration (MD) is a challenging vascular condition that profoundly impacts the delicate cardiovascular aspect of the eyes and body. This degenerative disease involves the formation of plaque in the macula, a crucial area of the retina responsible for central vision. As the condition progresses, individuals with MD may experience a gradual loss of sharp, detailed vision, making daily tasks increasingly difficult. While various factors contribute to its development, low oxygen levels in the eye tissues are believed to play a significant role. In the quest for effective treatments, acupuncture has emerged as a promising holistic approach to help manage Macular Degeneration and potentially slow its progression.

 In eye conditions such as MD, retinal cells often go dormant, leading to impaired functionality. Acupuncture can be useful in reactivating these dormant cells by stimulating the optic nerve and increasing blood flow to the affected areas, thereby enhancing oxygen levels. The ability to heal and improve vision is closely related to the number of dormant cells that can be reactivated rather than the irreversibly damaged or dead ones.

In managing Macular Degeneration, adopting a diet that supports heart health becomes crucial. The health of the cardiovascular system plays a vital role in maintaining optimal eye function, particularly in conditions like Macular Degeneration. A diet rich in heart-healthy nutrients can potentially contribute to slowing the progression of the disease. It’s important to focus on foods that promote blood vessel health and reduce the formation of plaque and cholesterol. Incorporating a variety of fresh fruits, leafy greens, whole grains, and lean proteins can provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support overall eye health. Additionally, limiting the intake of foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, and refined sugars can help reduce factors contributing to plaque formation, supporting both heart and eye health.

Supplements to Help Manage Macular Degeneration:

1. Resveratrol:

Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant found in certain foods, including red grapes, berries, and dark chocolate. Studies have shown that resveratrol may have potential benefits in breaking down plaque in blood vessels, which can be beneficial for vascular health. By supporting blood vessel health, resveratrol may indirectly contribute to better eye health in conditions like Macular Degeneration.

2. Carotenoid Antioxidants:

Carotenoids are a group of antioxidants found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, spinach, and bell peppers. Two specific carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin, are especially beneficial for eye health. These antioxidants accumulate in the macula and help protect the eyes from harmful blue light and oxidative damage.

3. Omega-3 DHA or Fish Oils:

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are essential fats that support various aspects of cardiovascular health. These fats have been shown to improve blood circulation and may help reduce the risk of blood clot formation, enhancing blood flow to vital organs, including the eyes. 4. CBD Oil:

4. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, 

CBD derived from the cannabis plant, has gained attention for its potential health benefits. While research on CBD and eye health is still in its early stages, some studies suggest that CBD may help increase blood flow and reduce oxidative stress, both of which can have positive effects on vascular and eye health. Additionally, CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which may be beneficial for managing chronic inflammation associated with certain eye conditions.

It’s important to note that while these supplements show promising potential, they should be used with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional, especially if individuals are taking other medications or have underlying health conditions. Every person’s health needs are unique, and what works for one individual may not work for another.

In conclusion, incorporating these supplements, alongside a heart-healthy diet and treatments like acupuncture, may offer a comprehensive approach to managing Macular Degeneration and supporting overall eye health. We are located in the community of Lake Bonavista in Calgary Alberta. To find out more call the office at 403-253-3103 or book online with Dr. Angela Fingler.