Treat Diabetes, Naturally
Each day, a lot of us with diabetes walk a tightrope between too little sugar in the bloodstream and too much. Too little, which may come from a complication of medication, and they may quickly be overcome by dizziness, fatigue, headache, sweating, trembling, and, in severe cases, loss of consciousness and coma. Too much, which can happen after eating too much, especially if the person is older and overweight, and the person may experience weakness, fatigue, excessive thirst, labored breathing, and loss of consciousness.
If diabetes is poorly controlled or left untreated, it may lead to blindness, kidney disease, blood vessel damage, infection, heart disease, nerve damage, high blood pressure, stroke, limb amputation, and coma.
Because the initial symptoms (fatigue, weakness, frequent urination) are usually mild, about 30% of all people with diabetes do not realize that they have the disease. And that can have tragic consequences, because with early diagnosis and treatment, the chances of living a long and productive life are higher than if the disease creeps along until irreversible damage occurs. 5 to10% of people with diabetes have type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes, which usually develops in childhood or young adulthood. The vast majority of people with diabetes, on the other hand, have the type 2 form, which is sometimes referred to as adult-onset diabetes, even though more and more children these days are developing this type.
People with diabetes face health hurdles every single day. If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s very important that you learn all you can about your disease and the treatment options available to you—because you do have options.
How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treats Diabetes
In treating diabetes, Chinese medicine offers a way to address each patient individually to eliminate the symptoms associated with diabetes and reduce the need for insulin. The practitioner may choose to use a variety of techniques during treatment including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids.
The acupuncture points used to treat diabetes are all over the body and on several meridians. A point on the back, called ‘Yishu‘ (located on the back, lateral to thoracic vertebrae 8) is often used and has proven effective in recent studies published by the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine for controlling the function of the pancreas and blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is an important component to the treatment of diabetes. Different formulas may be effective for different people, so practitioners may try several different approaches. In some cases, herbal formula are prescribed to treat complications of diabetes such as peripheral neuropathy and blurry vision.
Should I try acupuncture for diabetes?
When treating diabetes, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can assist the body to regain its normal healthy functioning. Unfortunately, most people believe that whatever their doctor tells them to do is their best, and only, course of action. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We know from decades of experience working with patients who have type 2 diabetes that drugs are not the best solution. At Li’s Natural Healthcare, we’ve found that the most successful diabetes treatment plan is a natural one.