Case Introduction This site seeks to calmly and responsibly set out the detailed clinical
progression of my highly unusual recovery from (myopic) macular degeneration subsequent
to intervention from Maharishi Ayurveda, examine and discuss what might be reasonable
to infer from the recovery which was contrary to all explicit and implicit clinical
communication, and provide treatment background information and contact details for
those who are interested in pursuing Ayurveda as a healing approach.
Post diagnosis, (Left Eye) no explicit, implicit, written or verbal communications from
clinicians indicated any chance of improvement, thus . . “the [fluorescein] angiogram
did not show any problems that could be repaired or treated”
(July 04) Indeed, I was actively encouraged to accept my vision loss from macular
degeneration as a non-changeable, non-treatable fait accompli.
However, subsequent to highly specialised residential treatment in the tradition
of authentic Ayurveda in India, followed by a daily regime of herbs back in the UK
- within 15 months I made a nearly FULL recovery in this eye, going from 20/200 to
20/20 (from 6/60 to 6/6). I can do everything now - read, write, work and drive,
though it should be noted that my right eye recovery, while still atypical, is more
moderate to date.
Subject details (Me)
NAME: Ray Amsterdam GENDER: Male ETHNICITY: White
Caucasian LOCATION: UK
Rapid deterioration of visual acuity from 6/9 to 6/60 (20/30 to 20/200) in Summer
04. All central vision lost. Diagnosed as untreatable Myopic Macular Degeneration
without bleeding (thus the dry, atrophic form).
Subsequent to 3 weeks residential
Ayurvedic treatment at Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital in Delhi, India, and an ongoing
daily regime of Ayurvedic herbs, I recovered back to 6/9 (20/30) within one year,
which then further increased to 6/6 (20/20) three months later (better than before
the macula break). This value has remained stable to date.
A horizontal narrow ‘blind’ band (lacquer crack) still exists, observable when viewing
through this eye alone (monocular vision), and the eye has maintained an over sensitivity
Subjectively, I rate colour perception and contrast sensitivity as having
fully recovered, and not withstanding the better distance visual acuity than even
before the macula break, I rate overall recovery at about 90%. Left eye recovery
Deterioration of visual acuity from 6/9 to 6/24 (20/30 to 20/70) December 04 - March
05. Diagnosed as Macular Degeneration with bleeding (thus the wet, neovascular form).
Visual Acuity recovered to 6/12 (20/40) by December 06.
Substantial distortion (straight
lines appear wavy) still exists together with the inability to see fine detail. Subjectively,
I rate colour perception and contrast sensitivity as having recovered about 60%,
and rate overall recovery at about 40%. Right eye recovery chart
Examines issues like placebo effect, co-incidence, the role of my psychological belief
in the Ayurvedic treatment with respect to my atypical macula recovery, as well as
what may be reasonable to infer from the lack of any spontaneous parallel recovery
in the published bio-medical literature.
General, treatment, and practical guidelines for people considering treatment at
Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital to treat myopic or other macular degeneration types. Contacts Contact
details for Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital (and myself).
Myopic macular degeneration is pathologically distinct from, though related to ...
Aged Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Myopic Macular Degeneration Recovery
This site details my clinically authenticated and highly atypical recovery from myopic
macular degeneration subsequent to residential Ayurvedic treatment ... and provides
full clinical data, discussion and treatment contact details.
Is your macular degeneration really untreatable?
have dry macular degeneration which is currently untreatable, OR
have found that your wet macular degeneration has not responded well to VEGF (anti-vascular
endothilial growth factor) drugs like Lucentis, Avastin and Eyelea that aim to inhibit
the growth of new blood vessels, OR
simply want to explore a none-allopathic approach to retinal cell recovery
… This (my) case will be of particular interest and relevance to you.
My name is Ray
Amsterdam and his was my situation in 2004, when having lost nearly ALL central vision
in my left eye, I was informed, “there is no treatment available to restore … vision”.