Holistic Eye Health
Feb 28, 2017 10:51PM
by Josh Zimmer, DOM, L.Ac.
Vision is an essential part of everyday life, influencing how people of all ages learn, communicate, work, play and interact with the world around them. However, millions live with visual impairment, and countless more remain at risk for eye disease or preventable eye injuries. Since March is recognized as National Nutrition Month, I would like to take an opportunity to give you some holistic tips for maintaining eye health, as well as tips for wholesome eating choices.
Useful Habits for Natural Eye Health:
Consume adequate levels of Vitamin D3 and Lutein, both of which are found in vibrant colored fruits and vegetables.
Perform various eye-related exercises. The eye is kept in place by muscles that can become tight from stress and limited range-of-motion. As we advance in the aging process, become less active and accumulate stress, our peripheral vision is used less. Therefore, massaging the area around the eyes, palpating acupressure points along the orbits and strongly rolling the eyes––essentially stretching them––reduces tension and combats blurriness.
Maintain a healthy diet rich in vegetables––leafy greens, or cruciferae––and high-antioxidant fruits like blueberries. These foods stimulate body fluids to improve lubrication of the nerves and neurotransmitters affecting the eyes. In Chinese Medicine, nutrition promotes Yin fluids that support Yang sight function. Additionally, high blood pressure is an enemy of eye health, but a proper diet helps keep blood pressure under control.
Implement stress management techniques. Stress causes eye tension and can limit peripheral vision, as we become so preoccupied with obligations and don’t notice our own surroundings. Stress also contributes to high blood pressure, but meditation, regular massage, acupuncture, deep breathing and positive affirmations can help alleviate these effects.
Receive an acupuncture treatment gently applied to points around the eyes which, along with accessing energy meridians that traverse the eyes, promote better vision naturally.
Josh Zimmer, AP/DOM, is a Florida-licensed acupuncturist at Four Pillars, providing a wide range of holistic services to promote natural healing, focusing on relieving symptoms while addressing the root cause of an illness or injury. Sessions often combine acupuncture with Cupping, warming moxibustion, electro-stimulation, Tuina acupressure massage, herbal prescriptions and gentle Gua Sha. Nationally-certified, he also performs B-12 and homeopathic injections for low-energy, pain and inflammation conditions. Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida.com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.