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Back to the Future: Acupressure Massage for Dry Sore Eyes

Friday, April 30, 2004

The practice of acupuncture is thought to have begun 1000s of years ago with the discovery that the stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs of the body, and that there exists currents of energy that flow in distinct patterns throughout the body called meridians. The ancient belief and experience has been that when these currents of energy are flowing smoothly, there is health, when any of these currents are blocked there is pain and disease.
The points shown below are some the acupressure points around the eyes.


1. Jingming (Bl-1) Urinary Bladder Channel, lies where the inner corner of the eye meets the nose. Bladder 1 and 2 are perhaps the best two points for eye problems of all kinds from early-stage cataracts or glaucoma to hysteria with vision loss. They are also used for problems with conjunctivitis due to Wind-Heat and Liver Heat, to blurred vision in the elderly due to Deficient Jing and Blood

2. Zanzhu (Bl-2) Urinary Bladder Channel, lies in the depressions at the inner ends of the eyebrows. See Bladder 1.

3. Yuyao Midpoint of the eyebrow in the hollow. Good for eye problems related to worry, excessive study and mental strain.

4. Sizhukong (T.B. 23) Sanjiao or Triple Burner Channel, in the depression at the outside end of the eyebrow. This is a local point good for eye and facial problems, whether due to Wind invasion or the Liver Yang and Fire.

5. Tongziliao (G.B. 1) Gall Bladder Channel, lies in the cavities on the outside corners of the eye sockets. Good for eye problems including conjunctivitis, red sore eyes, photophobia, dry, itchy eyes, early-stage cataracts and blurred vision, as well as lateral headaches.

6. Qiuhou Midway between St-1 and GB-1 along the orbit of the eyes.

7. Chengqi (St.1) directly blow the pupil on the infraorbital ridge bone. This is a main point for all eye problems, including those due to Wind Cold, Wind Heat and Hyperactive Liver Yang.

Instructions for doing self-acupressure for eye health:

GENTLY massage each acupuncture point around the orbit of the eye, starting with B1-1 and massaging each point as you go up and outward. Each point should be massaged for approximately 5-10 seconds. You can massage both eyes at the same time. You can do this massage as often as you like over the course of the day. You may find that each point feels different in terms of sensitivity.

Keep BREATHING as you massage. Deep breathing helps the cells of your eyes receive the oxygen they need for healing. Practice long, slow abdominal breathing while massaging the acupressure points.

Caution: If you are pregnant, consult a trained acupuncturist before treating yourself. do not massage on an area if it has a scar, burn or infection.

Ellen Troyer, MT MA - Biosyntrx Chief Research Officer
Spencer Thornton, MD - Biosyntrx President.


It seems most appropriate for our Friday Pearl Educational Series to acknowledge the time-honored ancient science of acupressure the same week we are exploring the exciting new genomic, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical science being presented at The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), as well as inovative new surgical techniques at the The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). Again, we wish to thank Marc Grosman. OD, LAc, and Mike Edson, LAc, at for graciously providing the acupressure information.


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