Acupuncture for Macular Degeneration

Combining Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been proven to slow the progression of the main forms of macular degeneration which are the dry, wet and age-related forms.

Benefits can last from months to years with proper maintenance, however each case is different. Macular Degeneration is not curable, but it is easier to get a positive response in the early stages. Jenny’s goal is to slow deterioration and preserve your vision for as long as possible.


How Does the Acupuncture Treatment Work?

Acupuncturist Jenny Bisset uses a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine, supplements and lifestyle tips. Acupuncture is a truly powerful way to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability. In slowing Macular Degeneration, what we do is stimulate specific acupuncture points around the eyes. (We will NEVER put anything in your eye!)

These points help promote blood circulation, which will improve the health of all parts of the eyes including the macula, retina and blood vessels.

We also use other points on the arms and legs because they can help treat other organs in the body, which may be affecting your eye heath. Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as being wholly connected, meaning that macular degeneration is often related to other health problems such as heart disease or diabetes.

Visual simulation of someone’s viewpoint with AMD

Simulation showing before and after viewpoints of someone affected by macular degeneration. The subjects are two young male boys smiling next to each other.
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What Makes Acupuncture Treatment so Effective?

Acupuncture addresses the root cause

  • Unlike western medicine, we look at the entire body, not just your eyes, to help determine and address the root cause as well as the symptoms. That’s why Traditional Chinese Medicine can be so powerful in treating macular degeneration. There is a lot we can do to try to preserve vision, and slow the degenerative process.

No drugs or surgery is required

  • Our macular degeneration treatment is natural and simple. We help awaken your body’s healing system, and slow the degenerative process.

Acupuncture can yield quick results

  • You may see a result from this treatment in a matter of days or weeks, not months. Over 85% of patients respond positively to this form of treatment, measured either by their own reports or their ophthalmologists tests. However, every person is unique and once we meet with you we will be able to give you our best estimate of your response.

Does everyone see see quick results?

  • Most patients will see measurable improvement within the first 10 -20 treatments, which is usually done as intensive daily treatments (2 treatments per day for 5 -10 days).  The initial improvement is due to dormant cells awakening.  Sicker cells take longer to regenerate, so further improvement may continue slowly for many months after the initial treatment.  *More advanced Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) may require more frequent and long term treatment.

Benefits of acupuncture for Macular Degeneration can last from months to years, however each case is different. Remember, macular degeneration is not curable, but it is easier to get a positive response in the early stages. Our goal is to help you preserve your vision and slow deterioration for as long as possible.

Bottom line: Leaving Macular Degeneration untreated can ultimately lead to total blindness. Start the process of getting help today.


Jenny Bisset, a licensed acupuncturist in San Carlos, CASchedule an appointment with Jenny today
(650) 206-8116
Acupuncture in San Carlos, CA
Jenny Bisset, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine