What is Diabetes (Type II)?

It is important to keep your blood sugar controlled, because when too much sugar stays in your blood for a long time, it can damage blood vessels and nerves.

Much of the food we eat is turned into sugar in the blood for our bodies to use for energy. A hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin helps sugar in our blood get into the cells of our bodies. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin or if the insulin doesn’t work the way it should, blood sugar can뭪 get into your cells and instead stays in your blood, raising your blood sugar level.

Before stepping into the arena of these two modern day diseases that are rather syndromes than the actual undiagnosed disease itself in most cases, one should understand the term 멖omeostasis?- the attunement of the physiological system towards a healthy equilibrium.

Diabetes goes with many a syndrome triggered by several factors that shift the Insulin agonism of the endocrine system to disequilibrium.

The imbalance is due to one or more of the following ;

Genetic factors
Anxiety, Stress and Emotions
Bio Chemical antagonism (Glucagons or Somatostatin)
■ Strict vegetarianism. 
■ Pathological obstruction of the Pancreatic duct due to calculi.

Acupuncture for Diabetes

What we know of as diabetes today, is known in Traditional Chinese medicine as Wasting and Thirsting Disease. Though acupuncture can be very helpful in treating the symptoms of diabetes, it is not a cure fordiabetes.

Acupuncture is generally useful for treating Type 2 Diabetes, often called adult onset diabetes is often treated with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas that have a hypoglycemic effect, such as Liu wei Di huang Wan. Other herbal medicines can be useful when combined with acupuncture to treat peripheral neuropathy and other symptoms of diabetes.

Treatment may involve acupuncture applied to up to a dozen acupuncture points for a single session. A course of acupuncture therapy for diabetes is typically long-term, as acupuncture can treat symptoms but not cure diabetes. The treatment course may consist of one to two sessions per week, with number of weekly sessions dependent upon improvement in symptoms and decline in blood sugar levels.

Acupuncture treatment for diabetes is most effective for those individuals who have had diabetes for only a few years, and have a milder disease manifestation. Diabetic acupuncture is also most effective in treating diabetes in younger individuals. Treatment programs can also reduce the prolonged healing time of diabetic non-healing skin wounds such as ulcers.

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