Acupuncture for the Eyes

It’s quite easy to take our eyes for granted, most of the time — we rely on them so continuously as we move around, take in information, and relate to others. If the eyes function beautifully, we tend to forget about them until they complain somehow; and if we have problems, we correct them as best we can, and then adjust to whatever blurriness or eyestrain remains.

Spring is a good time to enjoy and take care of your eyes. The Liver organ system, which nourishes and “governs” the eyes, is most active this time of year. And, there is so much more to see and for the eyes to do! Continue reading

Give Your Eyes a Rest: “Palming” Exercise

Try this simple exercise to rest and restore your eyes:

* find a position where you can support your elbows, breathe fully, and relax your body (at a desk, with pillows on the couch, or in bed)
* gently cover your closed eyes with your cupped hands; avoid touching the eyes or putting too much pressure on the face
* relax: let go of your usual planning and worrying thoughts. focus on the deep velvety blackness of your closed eyes; or visualize yourself in a warm, relaxing place

Do this for 10 minutes each day (before bed is nice); smaller palming breaks during the day are also very restorative! Continue reading