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Is cupping right for you?

When circulation is sluggish or compromised in an injured or diseased area of the body, insufficient oxygen gets to the cells, and therer will be a local build-up of waste products. These debilitating agents are then more easily expelled from the body. When getting cuppings performed patients will have round discolorations on the spots that were treated. The more discoloration that surfaces – the greater level of stagnation and toxicity needing to be purged from the body.

This Vitamin Found to Rejuvenate Aging Eyes

This is a great article outlining all the reasons to make sure you take sufficient Vitamin D.  See below some of the important reasons why: Improved Vision Reductions in retinal inflammation and levels of amyloid beta accumulation. Significant reductions in retinal macrophage numbers and marked shifts in their morphology (macrophages and immune cells that can cause inflammatory damage. To read the full article click the link below↓ https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/06/this-vitamin-found-to-rejuvenate-aging-eyes.aspx

COMMENTARY: For Those Who Will Not See

It is estimated that about 15 million Americans are legally blind, or 5% of our population. I hope you will help enlighten our community and your readers of the difficulties people with vision disorders face in a world made for those who can see. December 12, 2011 Dear Editor, I called a local Bentonville restaurant one Friday afternoon and asked to reserve two seats at the bar. It is the only area in that restaurant that can accommodate a blind person – the light is decent, not great, just OK. They said no; they didn’t reserve specific tables. I asked if they’d reconsider since my friend has a vision problems. “I’m over fifty and wear glasses so I understand,” was the response. She didn’t understand. This man uses a white cane, I explained. They reluctantly agreed. The word “blind” does not necessarily mean “no” vision. There is a misconception that either you can see or you can’t. There are infinite variations and levels and patterns of sight, or a person’s ability to see. Legally blind is defined as having a visual acuity of 20/200 (what a person with good vision sees at 200 feet, the legally blind person sees at Read More »

Texas Resident Finds Macular Degeneration Treatment

Ruth Ledbetter says acupuncture saved her sight Says she found treatment for macular degeneration that saved her sight The quality of Ruth Ledbetter’s custom draperies is so well known by interior decorators that she has become legendary. But in 2002, her Joshua, Texas drapery shop became silent. Her vision had deteriorated so badly that she could no longer thread her sewing machine needle. She went quickly to her ophthalmologist. She explained, “He diagnosed me with macular degeneration and referred me to a retinal specialist.  The specialist gave me tests that cost $600 and then said, ’You have macular degeneration. I’m sorry, but there’s nothing that can be done for you.’ “I knew what I had. I could’ve used that $600.” Her story today is how she found a treatment that significantly improved her vision. It involved a gamble and a trip to the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. But first, it helps to understand Ruth Ledbetter’s disability. In Country Living’s “Healthy Living,” macular degeneration is explained: “The retina is located inside the back surface of the eyeball and contains millions of light-sensitive cells, called rods and cones. Directly opposite the lens and at the central portion of the retina is the Read More »

Acupuncture Treatment Brings Patients Into Northwest Arkansas

By Tony Russell at 4029 News ROGERS, Ark. — One business right in our back yard is drawing worldwide attention, a chance for people suffering from an eye disease to see again.  Right now nothing can cure macular degeneration, an eye disease that causes vision loss in the elderly. One therapy in Northwest Arkansas is trying to offer an macular degeneration alternative treatment that some patients say can bring back their vision. Macular Degeneration Story Slideshow “Well how would you feel if your doctor says you’re going blind, but you won’t go completely blind … it’s a real devastating thing to have happen to you,” Leota Boyce, who travels from Lake of the Ozarks, said. Doctors diagnosed Boyce with macular degeneration after she started having problems seeing. “When I first started coming, my straight lines weren’t straight, they were waving at me,” Boyce said. She is a part of a group of patients diagnosed with the disease who travel the distance to get acupuncture from Lizbeth Ryan, a licensed acupuncturist, who moved to Rogers to treat her patients. “It really couldn’t be a nicer place, it’s really central to my patients, I have a lot of patients in Missouri, Kansas, Read More »

Extra Dimensions Interview

Dr. Ryan Treats the Blind In September of 2010, Mr. Thomas Carroll, host of the local television show Extreme Dimensions, asked to interview me regarding my acupuncture practice.  Take a look at the video to the right and read the excerpt below from Mr. Carroll’s website. We had our friend Dr. Liz Ryan on our show again.   She is an acupuncturist with an unusual specialty: she treats people who are loosing their sight to macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, diabetic complications, etc.     A lot of people get the wrong idea, so before we go any farther let me reassure everyone that the treatment is on the hands and feet…not the eyes.  She treats the eyes by treating the hands and feet.     Acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago.  Traders carried the knowledge to other countries where it continued to develop.  Each location where it took hold it developed a little differently.  For example, the Japanese form is slightly different from the Chinese.     Around 100 years ago, the French were introduced to acupuncture through their experience in “French Indo China.”  The French took it home where it was received enthusiastically.  Over the intervening years, they continued to develop Read More »

John Lowrey’s Case of Macular Degeneration

Keeping Your Eye on the Ball Keeping your eye on the ball is easier said than done, as any golfer will tell you.  This is especially true for golfers afflicted with AMD (age-related macular degeneration).  This eye disease is the degeneration of the central portion of the retina, resulting in a blurred vision and ultimately blindness. John Lowery, of Hot Spring Village Arkansas, was excited to move to this golfing community because of his and his wife Barbara’s love of golf.  The Lowery’s passion for golf began in the early 1960’s when they started to play one to two times per week.  It was only natural for them to dream of their “one-day-when” where they would call this golfer’s paradise home.  In 1988, the Lowrey’s purchased a building lot in Hot Spring Village, which is not far from John’s childhood home of Hot Springs, in anticipation of their retirement in this beautiful community. “I love that golf always provides a challenge to improve upon” – John Lowrey John, a long time veteran, had served our country in both times of war and peace through full military service as well as the Army Reserve for 14 years.  He continued with military Read More »

A Letter to American Way Airlines

Mr. Graham Godley Lizbeth Ryan – Talk Radio Europe.mp3 This is a letter from my dear friend and patient Mr. Graham Godley sent to American Way Airlines in 2010.  Like many other patients his story is very inspirational and he specifically requested that I share this on our new website.  You can also listen to an interview with Dr. Lizbeth Ryan and Mr. Graham Godley on the Hannah Murray Show (Talk Radio Europe). From: Graham Godley <grahamgodley@*****.co.uk> Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:40:18 +0100 To: Liz <lizaryan@***************.com> Subject: AmericanWay Herewith revised version in letter form. Dear AmericanWay, A hope of vision. It was Halloween 2010 when I flew home to Spain from Rogers (NW Arkansas) after having a course of acupuncture treatments for retinitis pigmentosa to help improve my near blindness.  During the flight from Dallas to Madrid I reached into the seat pocket in front of me and fished out a copy of AmericanWay to help while away the time. (On my outbound flight three and a half weeks earlier I would not have even attempted to read your or any other magazine). Flicking through the various ads and articles I thought “what a great way to tell my story”. Read More »

Treating Pain with Acupuncture

A Holistic Approach to Pain Relief Treating Pain With Acupuncture Acupuncture is excellent for treating pain. Effective for both acute and chronic pain, acupuncture is used for relief of musculoskeletal and neurological pain; headaches, back, neck, shoulder, knee, and joint pain, abdominal and chest pain.  Specific conditions such as sciatica, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, sprains, sports and traumatic injuries, TMJ, arthritis, herniated discs, numbness, tremors, neuralgia are conditions commonly treated with acupuncture, generally with positive results.  Acupuncture is so effective for pain, when a patient does not respond to treatment, it can indicate a serious condition and they are encouraged to seek a western medical diagnosis.  The degree to which a patient responds to treatment depends on the severity of the condition and the patient’s commitment to “staying the course.” Correctly assessing the patients underlying pattern of imbalance is essential for the success of treatment.  Acupuncture relieves pain by unblocking Qi or blood in the acupuncture channels, around joints or muscles, and in cases of degeneration of tissue such as degenerative disc disease in the lower back, acupuncture increases circulation of Qi and blood to the area so that the body can heal and promote the growth of healthy Read More »

Treating Degenerative Eye Disorders

Seeing is Believing Julie came to my clinic in 2003 for the first time. She was sixteen years old and suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a group of genetic eye diseases that cause degeneration of the photoreceptor cells in the retina, which is the area in the eye that contains light sensitive cells called rods and cones. The optic nerve senses images and sends them to the visual cortex in the brain. Healthy cells in the back of the eye are essential for us to see clearly. If these cells degenerate, are damaged or destroyed, vision degrades since there are fewer sensors to pick up images. In the case of Retinitis Pigmentosa, a patient’s field of vision decreases over time until peripheral loss of vision occurs, many refer to this as tunnel vision. Eventually the problem moves to the center of the retina, and the patient will then become totally blind or will have only small areas of low vision. Julie’s ophthalmologist told her she was going to go blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa. It was expected that she go home and just get used to the idea. She would never be able to drive a car and would most likely Read More »