Elizabeth V. Tukan M.D., L.Ac.
Elizabeth V. Tukan, M.D., L.Ac. is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and a licensed Acupuncturist. Dr. Tukan earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1976, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She obtained her medical degree in 1980 from the University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School. After completing an Ophthalmology Residency at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, Dr. Tukan’s training continued with a preceptorship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina with Dr. Howard L. Wilder at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of treating diseases and relieving pain. Its use can be traced back thousands of years. The general concept of acupuncture is that an uninterrupted flow of energy, or Qi, is essential to be healthy and pain-free. Blocked Qi can result in disease and pain. Relieving the blockage with acupuncture corrects the imbalances in energy flow allowing the body to heal itself.
Acupuncture treatment consists of inserting very thin needles at identifiable points along channels of energy flow on the body known as meridians. Micro Acupuncture is a modified form of treatment where the 12 main meridians are represented as a microcosm on the hands and feet. Dr. Tukan employs traditional acupuncture points as well as micro acupuncture points in her treatments.
For Your Eyes
Dr. Tukan will consider the use of acupuncture for retinal diseases that do not respond to conventional medical treatments. Although acupuncture is not the answer for every patient, it may help reduce the rate of progression of some eye diseases including:
- Macular Degeneration
- Stargardt’s Disease
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- Optic Neuritis
- Visual Field Loss from Stroke
Depending on the disease, timely and consistent acupuncture may bring about improvement in vision or field of vision.
Not a Miracle Cure
You should not consider acupuncture a miracle cure. Acupuncture is simply an alternative method of treatment that has improved the vision of many people suffering from a variety of eye diseases.
We caution you to set realistic expectations for acupuncture therapy in order to avoid disappointment. Not all patients are candidates for acupuncture and not all patients who receive acupuncture experience visual improvement. Results vary from person to person. Your outcome will depend on many factors including your overall state of health, age and the severity and duration of your eye disease. After evaluating your case, Dr. Tukan will be candid with you about your condition and the likelihood for improvement through acupuncture.