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A 21-year-old member asked:

can glaucoma be treated with acupuncture?

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Dr. Jessica Davis
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Acupuncture can be used to treat glaucoma, though i would recommend only using it in addition to traditional medical therapies. There is one study that showed a decrease in intraocular pressure after acupuncture, but overall there is limited evidence.
Dr. Bronwyn Woods
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Yes approp accupuncute has been shown to reduce ocular pressure, specifically manipulation of the ub, st and gb channels has been shown to be helpful. Would recommend as adjuvant therapy to traditional medical therapy, not first line treatment.
Dr. Marc Lieberman
Ophthalmology 45 years experience
No: In glaucoma, three parameters must be carefully measured & monitored— the pressure in the eye, the damage to the optic nerve, and the extent of vision loss—and treatment started or adjusted. Unfortunately none of these examinations are performed by acupuncturists, herbalists, or any alternative practitioners. Progressive glaucoma can lead to blindness if these tests are neglected.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Agree withdoctor woods. There are auricular (ear) acupuncture protocols which can be beneficial in the treatment of glaucoma.

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Can babies get glaucoma?

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Yes: Glaucoma can occur in newborns but is very rare. If you think your baby cannot see, or the eyes appear cloudy, bulging, excessive tearing or sensitivity to light, they need to be seen right away as vision loss and blindness can occur.
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How to treat carpal tunnel syndrome with acupuncture

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Could be of help: There are many different approaches to treat cts. Once an accurate diagnosis is made by a physician, the range of treatment includes splinting, occupational therapy, exercise, ergonomic modifications to minimize repetitive strain and injury, acupuncture, local injections and surgery. Acupuncture in conjunction with strategies to minimize repetitive injury can be helpful if mild or moderate.
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Can acupuncture improve dysphagia?

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Dr. Haleh Agdassi
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Maybe...: A study has been done evaluating acupuncture for dysphagia due to a stroke. Conclusion of study:" findings suggest that acupuncture may be useful for the treatment of post-stroke swallowing disorders. The specificity of the results to swallowing implies that its success is not simply a generalized response to acupuncture. Further studies are warranted in this area.".
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I would add ... first you have to define "dysphagia" which is a medical term not in the lexicon of average Joe. Is it a; lump, reflux, gerd, burning, regurgitation, belching??? I would have to say YES! Once all the variable causing the issues are addressed the success rate of therapy will increase. Used along "Acupuncture is a powerful tool but use in combo with all our weapons it is even more potent.
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I want to try acupuncture to treat my endocarditis. Is this wise?

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Dr. Jessica Davis
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Endocarditis is a serious, potentially fatal infection. The primary treatment is antibiotics, and it should be managed by a medical doctor. However, acupuncture may help ease symptoms more quickly, and is safe to combine with the medical treatment.
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What is open-angle glaucoma?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Most common: Simply, the drain of the eye appears open on exam (gonioscopy). It's a type of glaucoma (most common), and a way to describe to differentiate from narrow angle glaucoma, which may require a different laser or surgery procedure.

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