Microcurrent therapy is administered to patients to relieve pain caused due to macular degeneration. For elucidation of the therapy and its benefits, keep reading.
Microcurrent therapy, in simple words, can be described as a physical therapy in which pulsating currents, in small amounts, are applied to treat diseases and disorders such as macular degeneration, muscle spasm of the back, headaches caused due to cervical spine and shoulder and hip arthritis. Macular degeneration is a disorder in which macula, an oval spot near the center of retina, gets destroyed gradually, thus causing vision impairment. Age related macular degeneration commonly strikes elderly, leading to loss of vision.
Also referred to as MENS (Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation), it can be defined as a therapy employing electric current to stimulate nerve fibers of the eye. Microcurrent therapy can be exploited for speedy recovery in case of eye disorders like macular degeneration, stargardt’s disease or congenital juvenile macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa or a group of eye disorders leading to blindness.
How it Works
Just like every healthy cell in our body, macular cells also possess an electrical charge and energy due to the charge. Sometimes, macular cells cannot retain the energy needed for their functioning. It provides energy to macular cells for their sound functioning. You may think of this to be the same as charging a battery. The microcurrent procedure simply revitalizes the eye cells through electric stimulation. The electrical charge, thus created, results in improved blood flow through eye cells.
The therapy is also called trans cutaneous electrical stimulation of macula or TESMAC. Microcurrent therapy for eyes employs comparatively lower currents, in the range of 50 – 500 micro amperes. The eight points related to macular degeneration are given below:
- LI 4 – large intestine 4
- TW 3 – gamut spot
- K 6 – kidney meridian
- SI3 – small intestine meridian
- GB37 – gallbladder meridian
- GB20 – gallbladder 20
- either sides of DU2 – coccyx area
Each tissue in the body has a peculiar frequency, for instance macula possesses a frequency of 137 Hz and retina 95 Hz. Each type of disorder is also characterized by a peculiar frequency, like, edema – 14 Hz and hemorrhage – 18 Hz. Hence, FSM for macular hemorrhage would employ frequencies of 18 Hz and 137 Hz to neutralize abnormality in the frequency. Frequency specific microcurrent (FSM) for macular degeneration uses several frequencies in the range of 0.01 – 999 Hz.
It advances the ability of the eye cells to free themselves of wastes. It boosts oxygenation and blood circulation through eyes. The therapy also boosts adenosine triphosphate level, protein synthesis and membrane permeability. The therapy has other applications also, like, microcurrent facial, which is administered as age defying or anti aging treatment.
Microcurrent therapy alters muscle tissue and increases blood circulation so fast, that it results in detoxification reaction. In some cases, side effects such as temporary fever, weariness and nausea, which may last for 5 hrs, to a day, are observed. There are no chronic side effects. To alleviate side effects, drinking at least 2 quarts of water, followed by the treatment is recommended.
It should be noted though, that microcurrent therapy devices for macular degeneration treatment have not been approved by FDA as yet. Let’s hope more research will be done on this therapy so that it gets approved by the government.