Unlocking the Benefits of Acupuncture for Eye Health


For individuals experiencing eye problems, can acupuncture treatment help and benefit overall eye health?

Acupuncture For Eye Health

Acupuncture is an alternative medical practice that involves inserting thin needles at specific points on the body. The objective is to restore balance and health by restoring and balancing energy circulation through pathways throughout the body. These pathways, known as meridians, are separate from nerve and blood pathways.

  • Studies have shown that the insertion of needles manipulates accumulations of certain neurotransmitters by nearby nerves and may be what causes beneficial health effects. (Heming Zhu 2014)
  • Scientists are not sure exactly how acupuncture works, but it has been shown to provide pain relief and alleviation of cancer treatment nausea. (Weidong Lu, David S. Rosenthal 2013)
  • Studies have shown that acupuncture can help treat eye conditions like dry eye syndrome. (Tae-Hun Kim et al., 2012)

Eye Problems

For some individuals, a body imbalance can be caused by eye problems or disease. With acupuncture, imbalance-causing symptoms are addressed. Acupuncture promotes the circulation of energy and blood around the eyes.

  • Acupuncture has been used as an alternative treatment for chronic dry eye syndrome. (Tae-Hun Kim et al., 2012)
  • Studies have shown acupuncture helps reduce the eye surface’s temperature to reduce the evaporation of tears.
  • The procedure is also sometimes used to treat glaucoma.
  • Glaucoma is an optic nerve disease usually caused by above-normal eye pressure levels.
  • One study found eye pressure significantly decreased after acupuncture. (Simon K. Law, Tianjing Li 2013)
  • Another study showed successful reduced allergic and inflammatory eye disease symptoms. (Justine R. Smith et al., 2004)

Eye Acupoints


The following acupoints are for eye health.


  • Jingming – UB-1 is located in the inner corner of the eye.
  • This point is thought to increase energy and blood and to help with problems such as blurry vision, cataracts, glaucoma, night blindness, and conjunctivitis. (Tilo Blechschmidt et al., 2017)


  • The Zanzhu point – UB-2 is in the crease at the inner end of the eyebrow.
  • This acupoint is used when individuals complain of headaches, blurred vision, pain, tearing, redness, twitching, and glaucoma. (Gerhard Litscher 2012)


  • Yuyao is in the middle of the eyebrow, above the pupil.
  • This point is used for treating eye strain, eyelid twitching, ptosis, or when the upper eyelid droops over, cloudiness of the cornea, redness, and swelling. (Xiao-yan Tao et al., 2008)


  • The Sizhukog – SJ 23 area is in the hollow area outside the eyebrow.
  • It is thought to be a point where acupuncture can help with eye and facial pain, including headaches, redness, pain, blurred vision, toothache, and facial paralysis. (Hongjie Ma et al., 2018)


  • The Tongzilia – GB 1 is located on the outside corner of the eye.
  • The point helps brighten the eyes.
  • Acupuncture also helps treat headaches, redness, eye pain, light sensitivity, dry eyes, cataracts, and conjunctivitis. (GladGirl 2013)

Early studies with acupuncture have shown promise for improving eye health. Individuals considering acupuncture are recommended to consult their primary healthcare provider to see if it can be an option for those who have not found a resolution by traditional means.

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Lu, W., & Rosenthal, D. S. (2013). Acupuncture for cancer pain and related symptoms. Current pain and headache reports, 17(3), 321.

Kim, T. H., Kang, J. W., Kim, K. H., Kang, K. W., Shin, M. S., Jung, S. Y., Kim, A. R., Jung, H. J., Choi, J. B., Hong, K. E., Lee, S. D., & Choi, S. M. (2012). Acupuncture for the treatment of dry eye: a multicenter randomised controlled trial with active comparison intervention (artificial teardrops). PloS one, 7(5), e36638.

Law, S. K., & Li, T. (2013). Acupuncture for glaucoma. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 5(5), CD006030.

Smith, J. R., Spurrier, N. J., Martin, J. T., & Rosenbaum, J. T. (2004). Prevalent use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with inflammatory eye disease. Ocular immunology and inflammation, 12(3), 203–214.

Blechschmidt, T., Krumsiek, M., & Todorova, M. G. (2017). The Effect of Acupuncture on Visual Function in Patients with Congenital and Acquired Nystagmus. Medicines (Basel, Switzerland), 4(2), 33.

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GladGirl The Lash & Brow Expert Blog. Acupuncture for Eye Health. (2013).

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