Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases. Acupuncture can be used as a treatment to relieve some of the symptoms. The main symptoms are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period, frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger. If left untreated, especially type 2 diabetes, can cause many complications, such as diabetic ketoacidosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes. As of 2014, an estimated 387 million people have diabetes worldwide, the number of people with diabetes is expected to rise to 592 million by 2035.

How TCM treat Diabetes

About 2000 years ago, the classic book of TCM ( Yellow Emperror’s Internal Classics / Neijing) considered “xiaoke” for a disease have ” thirsty, increased hunger, frequent urination and tied, weight loosed even the urine muddiness and sweet ” symptoms, this are equivalently to Diabetes.

The treatment based on “symptom differentiation” which is to find out what syndrome patterns the individual patient belong to, such as weakness of five organs, need to use Chinese herbal :Taizishen, Huangqi, Shudihuang, Shanyao etc to nourishing the internal organs such as liver, spleen, kidney. Chinese medicine also believe to establish “yin and yang equilibrium” is a basic principle.

Use herbal medicine Huangqi, Huanglian, Lugen, Tianhuafen etc. to clean the heat / fire in stomach, lungs or use Huangbai, Zexie,Danzhuyet to eliminate the heat from blabber. High efficiency and low toxicity is the advantages of Chinese herbal medicine.

Acupuncture is effective at diabetes to controlling blood sugar levels, reduce thirst, hunger and tiredness. Acupuncture can reduce high cholesterol levels which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications of diabetes.

Acupuncture can be combined with Chinese herbal medicine for best results.

In summary, the key of TCM treatment for diabetes should be applying individualized therapy according to the different type of syndrome patten which are the cause of the disease and different body constitutions.

Over thousand years of history and clinic effects showing that Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine effect on blood glucose control, promoting blood circulation, prevent inter-current disease, enhance quality of life and so on. So TCM not only treat the “sugar” on Diabetes, also in a holistic view to look after the whole body. Not only treat diabetes also by constitutional improvement together to prevent the inter-current heart disease, kidney disease etc.


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