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Acupuncture for Lazy Eye

A small, preliminary study from China suggests that acupuncture might help in the treatment of lazy eye. The technical term for the condition is anisometropic amblyopia, with one eye more nearsighted than the other.

The condition is usually treated by putting a patch over one of the eyes to make the lazy eye work harder. The study compared acupuncture treatments to the eye patch. After about half a year, 40 percent of the children treated with acupuncture were cured, compared to 17 percent of those treated with eye patches.

[Archives of Ophthalmology, Dec. 2010]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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