CALL 212.319.5757
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
« »

Eye twitching is annoying.   A fluttering eye will buzz on and off throughout the day causing distraction and frustration.  Sometimes, the fluttering can be quite strong leading to total closing of the eye and impairing your vision.

Most often eye twitching is caused by stress, fatigue, use of alcohol, or irritation of the eye.  In some, the eye twitch becomes chronic which is called benign essential blepharospasm.   Benign essential blepharospasm not only is annoying but can lead to periodic trouble seeing.

In a very small number of individuals, chronic eye twitching is a sign of  a neurological condition.  If the eye twitching goes on for many weeks, it is best to consult a physician or healthcare professional.

Acupuncture and acupressure are very helpful for reducing eye twitches.

How does acupuncture understand eye twitches?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has beautiful imagery to describe health and illness.   Health is a state of balance within the body as well as between the body and the environment.  Environmental factors such as cold, heat, and wind can cause illness.  These environmental factors also represent certain illness within the body.

Eye twitching is caused by wind.  Just as the leaves in the trees are rattled by wind, the rattling in the body is caused by wind as well.  We use acupuncture points along the proper channels to remove this wind from the body.

What is the root of the wind?  This is from inhibition in the flow of qi.

The body’s qi or energy flows through channel and meridians.  Stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep disrupts the flow of qi throughout the body leading to what we call stagnation.  The stagnation causes pressure to develop and leads to the development of wind.  This is why acupuncture treatment also should include points for moving the qi.

Acupressure for Eye Twitching

For many people with periodic eye twitching, acupressure can help stop the annoying twitch.

San Jiao 5 for Eye Twitching

The acupressure point to start with would be San Jiao 5 (SJ 5).  This point is located on the outside of the arm, 2 thumb widths up from the wrist between the radius bone and the the large tendons (extensor digitorum tendons) on the back of the arm.

Start by pressing this point for 30 seconds.

After finishing with SJ 5, GB 34 is the next point to treat.   This point is located on the lateral aspect of the leg just below the knee.   It is just below and in front of the head of the fibula.  Press this point for 30 second on each side.

What’s Acupuncture treatment like for Eye Twitching?

For those with stronger, more persistent eye twitching, acupuncture may be needed.  The acupuncture points for eye twitching are on the arms and legs.  These points will help to reduce wind, promote the flow of qi, and are on the channels that address eye problems.

The channels of the San Jiao and Gallbladder both go to the eyes.  Acupuncture points such as SJ 5 on the arm, GB 34 and GB 39 on the leg can help with the wind.  Liver 3 and LI 4 on the hands and feet help to remove the stagnation.

image: withrow

 

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban is a New York Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist providing the highest quality Acupuncture and Chinese medicine care tailored to your needs.

Latest posts by Joseph Alban, L.Ac. (see all)