Michael Woodworth is one of the few acupuncturists certified in all Basic, Advanced MA48 as well as Ophthalmological micro systems under Dr. Andy Rosenfarb. MA48 Micro Acupuncture system is a specialized system known for results in treating degenerative eye conditions. At Makari Wellness, we utilize an integrated whole-body approach that combines Herbal Medicine, Supplements, Acupuncture and other therapies to safely treat both adults and children. Acupuncture Ophthalmology is a specialty of Traditional Chinese Medicine and when combined with nutritional supplementation can have incredible results in improving and slowing many degenerative conditions.
Clinically Proven Methods To Treat Degenerative Eye Conditions.
We can help improve blood flow and nerve conductivity of the entire body so patients often see many other improvements in their health as well. We treat the following eye conditions:
85% Of Patients report experiencing either: recovering some vision, slowed progression improved quality of life, improved visual acuity, regulated ocular pressure.
Vision Treatment Program
Our integrated traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine treatment program is individualized to address the unique needs of our patients and the underlying conditions associated with their eye disease. Depending on the patient, this may include:
Family medical history / Nutrition and lifestyle counseling / Micro Acupuncture / Acu-Laser Therapy / Electro-Acupuncture / Auricular Acupuncture / Chinese herbs / Supplements / Eye exercises
What to expect
We offer several different treatment programs depending upon each patient’s personal constitution, condition, and severity. There is a longer 2-3x/week for several weeks approach, and both a five- and ten-day intensive treatment protocol. We recommend that first-time patients come for two week (ten days of treatment) so we can get a full understanding of the patient and see how he or she responds to treatment. Some patients have the most response during a five-day session, while others do best on a ten-day protocol. Patients traveling from afar participate in the intensives while local patients may have more time to pursue the longer periods of treatments over time.
At the beginning of treatment, we review the patient’s medical history and conduct a series of vision tests (central acuity near and far, visual field, contrast, and color vision to establish a baseline. This is critical to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. The intensive therapy consists of two 30-minute treatment sessions a day with an hour break between treatments. Treatment methods vary depending on the patient and eye condition and may include micro-acupuncture, acu-laser therapy, electro-acupuncture, and auricular acupuncture. Nutritional supplements and Chinese herbs may also be provided At the end of the treatment program, patients are provided with diet, lifestyle and supplement recommendations designed to address underlying health conditions, nourish their eyes and help maintain their eyesight. While eighty-five percent of patients respond positively to the treatment, there are some patients who do not respond to acupuncture, herbs or supplements.
New patients must understand that this is not a “miracle cure.” It takes time for some patients to see results where others see improvements right away. Once we recover whatever lost vision we can, the goal is to retain remaining eyesight through maintenance treatments. Degenerative eye conditions need ongoing maintenance and will only get worse if neglected. The frequency of maintenance visits vary depending on the patient and their individual conditions. Most patients return for treatment every three or four months for the first year, then continue with maintenance treatments twice a year, or whatever treatment frequency is recommended.