How to improve pseudomyopia according to traditional Chinese medicine

Nearsightedness (myopia) is currently the most common eye disease in the world, especially among adolescents.

Myopia has become more severe and common as people use more electronic devices and are less physically active. In particular, a study conducted by the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) found that myopia among school-aged children increased 2.5 times under the pandemic and is expected to increase every year. The Hong Kong Ministry of Health found that about 18% of 6-year-old children in Hong Kong have myopia, and the rate of myopia among 12-year-old children has risen sharply to 62%.

There are many ways to treat myopia. Western medicine mainly focuses on optical correction and surgical treatment. Recourse to surgery is not optimal because adolescents are in the growth and development phase and the refractive system of the eye is not yet stable.

Traditional Chinese medicine, on the other hand, has received increasing attention in recent years due to its low side effects and low complications.

Jonathon Liu, a professor of Chinese medicine at a Canadian college, told The Epoch Times that there are two types of myopia: refractive and axial. Refractive myopia means the cornea or lens cannot properly focus light onto the retina, and axial myopia means the eyeball is abnormally elongated and is the most common shape in children with myopia.

Dr. Liu also pointed out that most children with myopia actually have pseudomyopia, if there is no pathology or other disease problem. Pseudomopia, through traditional Chinese medicine and acupressure therapies, can be cured. But if pseudomyopia is not managed properly, it can progress to true myopia.

According to Dr. Liu, a simple way to improve eyestrain that helps pseudomyopia is to drink a recommended tea or eat foods that help improve myopia.

Goji and Chrysanthemum tea

Ingredients: Goji berries 20g, Chrysanthemum 10g, cooked sickle 6g

Goji berries and chrysanthemums are renowned for their sight-protecting properties and sickle (Senna obtusifolia) is beneficial in the treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Liu specified the use of cooked sickles because raw sickles have different medicinal properties.

Goji and blackberry porridge

Ingredients: Goji berries 5g, mulberry (fructus mori) 5g, yam 5g, 5 jujube (red dates) and Japonica rice 100g.
Eat twice a day.


Ellen Wan has worked for the Japanese edition of The Epoch Times since 2007.

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