Rekindling the dying light

07 July 2023 | Opinion
Julia Ugrinic
Member: Shropshire
My Mother has dementia and I constantly describe it as the light dimming in her eyes. Sadly that window to her soul is now darkening.

Dementia is a challenging condition that affects millions of people worldwide, robbing them of their memories, cognitive abilities and, in a metaphorical sense, the light in their eyes.

As an adult daughter witnessing the gradual dimming of my mother’s eyes due to dementia, I have experienced first hand the emotional toll it takes, both on the individual and their loved ones.

However, amidst the darkness, I have found hope.

Our ancient healing practice of acupuncture – and in particular, five element acupuncture – has shown promising results in bringing back some of the lost light. It can provide relief and improve the overall wellbeing of individuals living with dementia.

The dimming light

Dementia is a progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects memory, thinking, behaviour, and the ability to perform daily activities. As the disease advances, one can observe a noticeable change in the eyes of those affected.

Once vibrant and lively eyes become distant, vacant, and lacking their former sparkle. This transformation can be disheartening and deeply affecting for family and friends who must witness the slow fading of their loved one’s essence.

The emotional impact

As an adult daughter with a mother with dementia, I have experienced the emotional weight that comes with watching the diminishing light in her eyes. It is a constant and poignant reminder of the profound changes occurring within her mind and body.

The fading light represents our loss of connection, the struggles to communicate, and the challenges of seeing a loved one gradually slipping away. It evokes a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, and a profound sense of helplessness.

I have witnessed the gradual dimming of her eyes, a poignant reflection of the disease's toll

The promise of acupuncture

Acupuncture offers a holistic approach to healing that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of an individual. Our ancient practice recognises the interdependence of the body, mind, and spirit and aims to restore balance and harmony within the person’s energy system.

Five element acupuncture in particular focuses on identifying and treating imbalances in the body’s five elemental energies: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. By stimulating specific acupuncture points, energy blocks are released and the flow of qi – our life force energy – is restored, so promoting overall wellbeing.

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce anxiety, improve cognitive function, enhance mood, and increase overall vitality. By addressing the underlying imbalances in the body, this ancient practice can help to rekindle the light in the eyes of those affected by dementia. Treatment can help to alleviate symptoms and improve the quality of life – for the individual and for those who care for them.

Rekindling the light

Although acupuncture cannot cure dementia, it offers a ray of hope amidst the challenges. As a practitioner, witnessing the effects of five element acupuncture on the wellbeing of my dementia patients has been a source of comfort and inspiration. With each session I have glimpsed the light in their eyes flickering back to life, even if only for a moment.

Dementia is a complex and devastating condition – for the sufferer and for their loved ones. Navigating this journey of decline with my mother, I have witnessed the gradual dimming of her eyes, a poignant reflection of the disease’s toll.

Thankfully, for me, five element acupuncture can offer a glimmer of hope. This ancient practice can bring back some of the lost light, as well as enhancing the quality of life both for individuals with dementia and for their caregivers.

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