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We are spending more and more time looking at screens (computer, television, smartphone, etc.). Therefore, it is important to support our eye health.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Liver opens to the eyes. Liver Blood nourishes the eyes, but can be weakened by poor diet and poor rest. Some Liver Blood deficiency signs are blurry vision, dry eyes, or impaired night vision.

Stress and emotions affect Qi flow. When Qi gets stuck, it can cause Liver Qi stagnation (肝氣鬱結). This can lead to symptoms like eye pain, red eyes, irritability, or headache.

General tips to benefit the eyes:

  • Take regular breaks from looking at screens. Look at something far away instead.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Include leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables.
  • Aim to be asleep from 11 PM to 3 AM to support the Gallbladder and Liver meridians.
  • Apply firm pressure to UB 2 (欑竹), hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat as needed.
vision health reflexology

This is a general guideline. Consider acupuncture and/or or herbal remedies under the guidance of a licensed TCM practitioner.


Article provided by Katarina Fok, L.Ac., ND Licensed Acupuncturist at Chinese Hospital East West Health Services.

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