Eye Exercises

According to traditional Chinese medicine, massaging certain acupuncture points on the face and the nape of the neck helps to improve the functioning of blood vessels and nerves and relieves strain on the eye muscles. A set of exercises based on this theory has been worked out and is widely practised among schoolchildren in China. Regular practice of these exercises has proved effective in improving eyesight and preventing or alleiating near-sightedness.

Exercise 1. Close eyes, place thumbs on the jingming points, squeeze and press towards the bridge of the nose (8 counts, 4 times).
Exercise 2. Press taiyang points with thrumbs and using the side of the second section of index fingers, massage the upper and lower parts of the sockets, beginning witht the upper part (4 counts). Then massage the taiyang point with thumb (4 counts). (Altogether 8 counts, 4 times.)
Exercise 3. Massage the sibai points disectly below the sockets with index fingers (8 counts, 4 times).
Exercise 4. With index and middle fingers massage the fengchi points (8 counts, 4 times)
exercise 5. Hold fingers together and place them on the sides of the nose. "Wash face" by moving fingers up to the forehead, round the temples and down the thecks (8 counts, 4 times).

Points to Remember:

  1. Hands should be clean and fingernails clipped.
  2. Do not do the exercises if there are boils or sores on the hands or face, nor if the eyes are injured or inflamed.
  3. Concentrate when doing the exercises. Be sure you are massaging the correct points. The movements should be slow and gentle. Increase the pressure until you feel a bit sore.
  4. It is better to do the exercises after reading or writing. Doing them once or twice every day will bring good results.

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