Stargardt Macular Dystrophy is the most common juvenile-onset form of inherited macular dystrophy and should not be confused with
ARMD (although in Chinese medicine we treat these two conditions similarly). Stargardt macular dystrophy is characterized by loss of central vision in younger people and usually manifests between the ages of six and twenty years. Some people may not become aware of this condition until their thirties or forties. ╥Stargardt╒s╙ is considered to be a genetic condition, although the responsible genes have not yet been fully identified. It has been my observation that many Stargardt’s cases (like RP) are most likely rooted in a systemic autoimmune pathology.
Chinese medicine seems to be highly effective for people with Stargardt. Most cases seem to respond almost immediately to acupuncture, and young adults seem to do very well with treatment. Typical TCM patterns include Kidney Jing and Liver Blood deficiency as well as Liver and Spleen Disharmonies.