Archive for the 'Acupuncture' Category

A San Diego Acupuncturist You Should Meet: Gail Brent

I’ve heard so many great things recently about Gail Brent, a San Diego-based acupuncturist who treats RP and other degenerative eye disorders, that I knew needed to learn more. Last week I reached out to her for an interview and instantly connected with her. She’s warm and genuine, and comes highly recommended by fellow eye […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Expert – Acupuncture & Retinitis Pigmentosa

I’m starting a new Ask the Expert feature on this blog where practitioners who use naturopathy, acupuncture and other integrated health therapies to treat RP will answer your questions. My first Guest Expert is Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, who specializes in treating RP and other degenerative eye conditions with acupuncture and naturopathy. Question: If people suffering from RP start acupuncture […]

Read the rest of this entry »

FFB Spokesperson Shares Thoughts/Experience with Acupuncture

I was immediately fascinated when I heard April Lufriu’s story because of her role as a national spokesperson for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). April’s involvement with FFB goes back to 2007, when she started doing vision walks to raise money and awareness that she hoped would help find a cure for her sister’s RP. […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Taking Charge of Our Eye Health

When I first started on this eyesight healing quest in early February 2013, I was at the lowest point in my life. After waiting for six months to see a retinal specialist because I’d heard she was starting stem cell clinical trials, I was told that RP was an orphan disease and was too low […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Treating RP: Think of It Like a Jigsaw Puzzle

Every week I receive three or four emails from people who are suffering from RP and want to know exactly how much my eyesight has benefitted from the acupuncture treatment I receive and the overall diet and lifestyles changes I’ve made. “Do you really see improvements,” people will ask. “Exactly how much has your vision […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Rosenfarb Acupuncture Treatment Round 3 Results

I just wrapped up my third treatment session with Dr. Andy Rosenfarb and am holding strong in terms of the bench line gains I made after my first treatment in December. I always slide a little between treatments, but rebound after my five-day stint.  This time, though, there were two interesting developments:  My right side central […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Acupuncture RP Treatment Round 2 – TEST RESULTS

I just wrapped up my weeklong treatment with Dr. Rosenfarb and have experienced more improvements, particularly in my mid-to-far horizontal and bottom periphery (I still have very little top peripheral vision). I still have a donut of complete blindness around my central core– but it’s shrinking from the outside in. The goal that Dr. Rosenfarb […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Going it Together

The coolest, most unexpected part of my eyesight healing quest has been connecting with other people struggling with Retinitis Pigmentosa who — like me — refuse to take “no hope” for an answer.  And they all come with incredible family members who are equally determined to ensure that their loved ones  continue to SEE the […]

Read the rest of this entry »

A Year Into My Eyesight Healing Quest – What I’ve Learned

It’s been a year since I walked into yet another retinal specialist’s office—this time hoping that her stem cell research might offer an answer for my eyesight—only to be told once again that there is no hope for me and that I was quickly running out of time. Though I’m still paying off that visit […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Laser Acupuncture for RP Treatment

This is me undergoing my daily acu-laser treatment. (I had no idea I look so sci-fi.) I asked Dr. Rosenfarb if he could provide an overview of how his laser acupuncture treatment works. Here’s what he had to say.  Laser Acupuncture works by using photo-biomodulation (laser-light impulses) at specific acupuncture points around the body. It is […]

Read the rest of this entry »