Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the main cause of blindness in the United States in persons over 55 years of age.1 AMD damages the retinal tissue in the macular area causing well pigmentary stippling, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) changes, and the development of drusen.2 Drusen are the precipitation of cellular squander materials in the RPE. Reports estimate that over 18 million adults in the United States now suffer from AMD. Some of these same reports estimate that this will rise to 30 million through the year 2010.3
Traditional therapies recommend no treatment for macular degeneration. However, recent treatment of acupuncture points by the use of microcurrent stimulation has shown promising and even remarkable results in stopping and reversing the results of the possessions of macular degeneration. Results of clinical studies indicate that microcurrent stimulation may enhance the cellular ATP synthesizing capabilities, specifically in the retina, and thus provide a means to advance visual acuity for AMD patients. Microcurrent inspiration of acupuncture points is currently the only viable option for those pains from AMD.
Over a one-year period 42 patients were trained in the use of self-treatment with microcurrent stimulation of acupuncture points for the action of AMD. Treatment involved the use of a microcurrent stimulator to treat acupuncture points close the eyes. The microstimulator that was used was the MicroStim 100¨. The stimulator was used to bring micro-current at 250 to 700 MicroAmps for five minutes. Patients were also educated in the use of nutritional complements considered supportive for ocular conditions.
August Reader, MD, a neuroretinologist, and Grace Halloran, PhD, done a double blind study that indicated positive results from micro-current stimulation for patients with Age-related Macular Deterioration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardt's disease, and other retinal diseases. Damon P. Miller, M.D., has published the clinical consequences of the first 120 patients he treated.
AMD using microcurrent therapy that showed important improvement. A beginning report on the treatment of AMD using auricular acupuncture and electrical Acupuncture was issued via Alston Lundgren. MD. This study involved only 10 individuals, but also showed important improvement for most patients. In each of these studies, all microcurrent was delivered to the retina via acupuncture positions.
42 patients used microcurrent stimulation to treat acupuncture points close to the eye. The average period of patients was 77.6 years. Treatment was 2 to 3 times per day, every day. Visual insight and VF-14 tests were done every three months. Of these initial forty-two (42) patients, 36 (85.7%) showed improvement in visual insight of 2 lines or more. Three (3) patients showed improvement of one line of visual insight. Two (2) patients showed no progress. And one (1) patient lost one line of visual acuity. The average change in visual insight for all patients was +2.88 lines. VF-14 test results showed a positive change of an average of 35 points. It is important to note that macular degeneration is nearing epidemic numbers in the US. Research and clinical studies authenticate the effectiveness of using microcurrent stimulation to treat macular degeneration.