AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine


Grace Tan

Grace Tan

Healing the eyes the natural way

Sunday February 16th, 2014

Course Description:

Most of the eye diseases respond to acupuncture. In some cases this may come as a surprise. Acupuncture can be effective in treating a wide range of conditions of eye disease. For some conditions, such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt's disease and other retinal disease, which have no treatment in western medicine, acupuncture is the treatment of choice. For other disease, such as cataract (in the early stage) and chronic´╝łopen-angle´╝ëglaucoma, acupuncture can be beneficial as an adjunct therapy in these conditions.  Acupuncture for the eyes is a practical lesson that can be used by any competent acupuncturist to expand the scope of their practice including the eye disorders. Your eyes are a reflection of your overall health.  Illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be revealed in the eyes. Conditions such as glaucoma, optic neuritis or vision loss are often associated with systemic health problems.  It is this interconnection between your eyes and your health that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can tap into and utilize to treat eye and vision problems.  Eye conditions respond well to acupuncture and it has been used successfully to treat a wide range of eye problems for centuriesin China.  Oriental medicine pays close attention to the relationship between channelsand organs.  Sometimes an imbalance within the body can manifest as an eye problem, just as the health of the eyes is often a reflection of an imbalance or health problem elsewhere in the body.

  When you are treated for an eye condition with acupuncture, any underlying imbalances that are attributing to your symptoms will be addressed.  The eye problems will also be treated directly by promoting circulation of Qi (life force) and blood around the eyes.  Diagnostic skills for eye diseases, including the 5 wheels and 8 ramparts theory.  Acupuncture points that affect the eyes and herbs for eyes.  Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the most common of a number of degenerative conditions that can affect the retina. And is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. there are almost 5,000 new cases diagnosed each day and that by the year 2010 there will be 30 million cases of ARMD in the United States alone. There are some studies that suggest that almost one quarter (25%) of adults over the age of 65 show some evidence of deterioration in the macular region. Right now, there is no cure, no treatment regarding the conventional medicine.Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is a very effective treatment for ARMD.

Abdominal acupuncture ( map of the Sacred Turtle and the Ba Gua map), including the Shen Que (CV 8) channel system, needle techniques about Heaven level, Humanity level and Earth level. The use of abdominal acupuncture to harmonize the Zang Fu, treat illness and strengthening the Yuan qi is based on ancient theories of Daoism.  The formation of the embryo is regularized by the umbilical system and this system controls the whole organism during the period of pregnancy. This considers to be the first system of regulation and the basis of the meridian system and the distribution of qi and blood of the whole body forming a macroscopic control. Micro-needles around the eyes.  Those contents will be the very first time integrates with eye disorders in USA.                                           

Speaker Bio

For four years, Grace Tan served as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and clinical supervisor in the ENT and Ophthalmology Department of the teaching hospital of Chengdu University of TCM. She has also served as a clinic interpreter, instructor, and lecturer and has published several peer reviewed papers. She is the first PhD-trained TCM practitioner specializing in ophthalmology to teach in the United States. Dr. Tan brings energy, knowledge, and clinical experience to the AOMA faculty. At AOMA Tan teaches TCM Diagnostic Skills I and II, Herbal Safety, Herbal Patents, and Clinic Theater 1, and supervises clinic rotations. She has been a faculty member and clinical supervisor at AOMA since 2011.