After treatment with Microcurrent Stimulation I left the office that same day with my vision improved to 20/25. I could legally drive again. As important as that is, with the use of Microcurrent Stimulation at home, my vision has remained the same for more than nine months now. Please let everyone who can benefit from this treatment know that there is hope.
In this chapter, I am going to introduce you to one of the most revolutionary treatments for ARMD.
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It is called Microcurrent Stimulation, and it consists of applying weak current to the energy, or acupressure, points that encircle the eye on the bony ridge.
I have been using Microcurrent Stimulation since August of 1998 and have been very impressed with the improvement I have seen in the vision of patients with ARMD. Most patients will begin to see an improvement after 4 days of treatment. This is a therapy that can be done at home with some simple instructions. The physicians using this device, myself included, are seeing a measurable improvement in 70% of their patients. Microcurrent Stimulation uses equipment similar to that used by doctors and in hospitals on a daily basis to help with pain management, bone regeneration, and healing transplanted tissue. You may have known someone with a bad backache who was given a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Unit to wear for a while. Or perhaps you have heard of someone who suffered a severe fracture and was given a TENS unit to stimulate healing of the plates of the bones. Grace Halloran (author of Amazing Grace and vision therapy instructor) used it to help heal her 8 year old sons elbow fracture after doctors told her the arm would not grow because the plates were damaged. He recovered completely, and is now a grown man…with two equal arms. ? Encouraged by this, she began to use it on her eyes. Soon I realized my sight was getting better, both at night and in my field of vision. ?
In the same way that chelation therapy uses a chemical substance for another purpose than its main medical application, Microcurrent Stimulation uses a device similar to the TENS for another purpose. Microcurrent Stimulation devices are available through my office and from several manufacturers, phone numbers and websites are listed in the Resources section. The devices are patented and approved for marketing by the FDA. However, you need a physicians prescription to get one. This is not because they are dangerous but because we feel that patients need to be trained and supported in their use.
Using the Microcurrent Stimulation is not only painless, it is experienced as pleasant by most patients. The technique involves touching an electrode, which is the size and shape of a pencil, to points on the bony ridge around your eye. The patient is always in control of the level of current, and the best results are obtained when virtually no current is perceptible. The device is very easy to use. Replacement and upgraded parts are readily available from the manufacturer.
The macular specialists can give only negative advice, but not one…had a treatment to improve my vision with Microcurrent Stimulation the improvement so far has been that I can read an additional line on the chart, but further, my general vision is clearer and brighter. I am greatly encouraged.
The theory behind the effectiveness of Microcurrent Stimulation is that our cells are like batteries. When we age or develop a degenerative disease, these batteries become incapable of retaining their proper charge. They need to be stimulated just as a car battery does when it is dead with the current from another source. The flow of current from cell to cell and within cells promotes repair and regeneration of tissue. In ARMD, it promotes the flushing away of toxins while energizing the tissues of the retina and macula. You will recall that dry ARMD is characterized by the accumulation of residue in the macula when circulation is inadequate to remove it.
The unit comes in a package about the size of a small handbag. All components are neatly packaged, and the instructions are very clear. Patients who are able to visit an ophthalmologists office for their initial instruction and start-up treatments should do so. They will then follow this series with home treatments. The treatments take about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
How does Microcurrent Stimulation work?
There are several metabolic processes that are enhanced through the use of Microcurrent Stimulation. The first is to boost the cells ability to rid themselves of waste products. A cell with stuck waste products becomes a dead cell and interferes with cellular communication throughout the area where it is located. Cells need to take in nutrients and eliminate waste like every other living organism. The energy supplied by Microcurrent Stimulation allows cells to become more vital and less sluggish in doing so. The second way Microcurrent Stimulation works is by increasing the blood supply to the area stimulated. A simple study measuring the size of blood vessels before and after treatment showed that virtually all blood vessels were larger after treatment. This demonstrates how this therapy brings a new blood supply to the area to nourish and refresh cells and tissues. Microcurrent Stimulation was also shown to relax muscles in the treated area. This, of course, also paves the way for increased nutrition and oxygenation of tissues. In macular degeneration, the retinal cells are sick and not functioning properly. The electrical current gently wakes up the cells from sleep and stimulates the healing process.
The body electric.
It may come as a surprise to you to know that prior to the early part of this century, healing through the use of electric therapy was quite well accepted. As the world of medicine became more focused on proof and scientific explanations, biochemistry came to dominate the form of treatment. We must not overlook the fact that this coincided with the dawn of an era where synthetic chemical products, including drugs, were first developed. Interestingly, chemical formulas are based on an understanding of atomic theory – that matter is composed of atoms that have components that are both positive and negatively charged. Chemical bonding is the result of atoms attempting to stabilize themselves by combining with other atoms. It makes sense, then, to postulate that all of life is composed of charged matter. This includes the human body, all of its tissues, cells, and fluids.
When atoms combine with each other, they exchange electrons, the negatively charged outer elements in their shell. This flow of electrons from one atom to another is called current and it goes on continuously in our bodies as well as other living forms. Some scientists believe that there are specialized cells that are responsible for conducting current. These cells form rapidly at the site of an injury in order to promote healing. Studies have measured an increase in positive charge at injury and amputation sites. This tends to return to negative after healing is underway. The theory is that the charge attracts healing forces in the body to congregate at the injury site. When researchers have attempted to manipulate the flow of electricity to injury sites, they have repeatedly discovered that a low current is the most useful to enhance healing. In fact, a strong current can disrupt it. That is why, in Microcurrent Stimulation, the flow of current is imperceptible.
Patients who want to use Microcurrent Stimulation first need a complete eye examination. The dry type of ARMD responds better to Microcurrent Stimulation although many patients with the wet form also notice a significant improvement. Patients with vision better than 20/400 vision (being able to barely see the big E on the eye chart) also respond better to treatment although I have seen dramatic improvement in patients with worse vision.
Sam Snead, 85 year old professional golfer, announced his return to golf and intention to obtain a drivers license after undergoing Microcurrent Stimulation treatment for his macular degeneration. His vision went from 20/100 to 20/30 in one eye after a course of treatment.
Patients receive eight office treatments with the Microcurrent Stimulation unit over a one week period. Then they receive instructions on the home unit and begin treatment twice a day for 3 months. After that the treatments are reduced to once a day for 3 months and then several times a week to maintain the level of vision. Special glasses are being developed that will make self-treatment even easier. They will be an all-in-one unit that targets the acupuncture points near the eyes and provides the stimulation simply by putting them on.