Clarifying Vision: Using acupuncture to treat degenerative eye disease

With Guest: Mats Sexton

Episode Qi015

According to conventional medicine, macular degeneration is a progressive, incurable, degenerative disease. As good as modern medicine can be for some opthamological problems, it does not have much to offer those with macular degeneration other than say “take your vitamins and await the inevitable.”

While macular degeneration is indeed progressive, it's progress can be slowed and in many people some amount of function restored.

Not only macular degeneration, but Stargardt's disease, retinitis pigmentosa and other eyes conditions can improve through the use of acupuncture using particular points on the palms and soles.

Our guest in this show is fired up about helping prevent people from going blind. Listen in as we discuss how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help to make a big difference in the quality of life for people with degenerative opthamological conditions.
In this conversation we discuss:
  • How Mats found his way to working with the micro acupuncture system that treats macular degeneration
  • Points of the micro acupuncture system
  • Amount and length of treatment
  • The eye tests that are helpful for accessing progress in treatment
  • Snell eye chart, near acuity, contrast sensitivity, amstler grid, color field testing,
  • Beyond acupuncture how else can you help people with macular degeneration?
  • Exercise and movement that helps to promote visual health.
  • What kinds of recover can people with macular degeneration expect with acupuncture?
  • There are two primary types of macular degeneration.
  • The Acu Nova system of acupuncture for treating eye disease.
You can think of macular degeneration as a circulatory disease
Mats Sexton

I've been providing Chinese medicine-based ophthalmology treatments for over 15 years and I'm consistently amazed at the results. We have a tremendous opportunity as acupuncturists to provide effective care for eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, that western medicine often can't improve. At this stage of my career, I feel my greatest gift is now that of teacher even more than practitioner. It is so rewarding to have taught over 75 acpuncturists how to treat retinal diseases. Spreading the seeds of knowledge only benefits everyone.
Links and Resources


Here is the patent document that describes the points of Micro Acupuncture system for treating macular degeneration.


Visit Mats's website for more information about treating macular degeneration and other eye diseases.

Michael Max

Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
About me
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.