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Acupuncture may improve vision in patients with retinitis pigmentosa

The results of a pilot study carried out in the USA suggest that acupuncture may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Twelve adult patients with RP were treated with a standardised protocol that combined electro-acupuncture (EA) at points on the forehead and below the eyes with manual acupuncture on body points, during 10 half-hour sessions over two weeks. Six of the 12 subjects showed significant improvements in visual function after treatment. (A pilot study of an acupuncture protocol to improve visual function in retinitis pigmentosa. Clin Exp Optom. 2014 May;97(3):240-7).


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