Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can refractive errors, especially myopia or shortsightedness, be cured by acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is effectively used in China for various eye pathologies, including myopia. Treatments only reduce severity of condition and slow the disease’s progress with effects lasting from days to months. Treatment usually includes acupuncture and adjunctive modalities to correct the underlying pathology. These adjunctive treatments can include both allopathic and traditional modalities.