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Acupuncture for Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus, because of its frequency, is probably the single most important metabolic disease and is widely recognized as one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.

The clinical signs of diabetes in the order in which they usually appear are: frequent, copious urination; excessive thirst; rapid weight loss; excessive hunger; drowsiness; fatigue; itching of the genitals and skin; visual disturbances; skin infections; slow healing; and paresthesia in the hands or feet.

Modern research suggests the following as the leading causes of diabetes: heredity, endocrine imbalance, dietary indiscretion and obesity, sequelae of infection, and severe and continued psychic stress.
Environmental and dietary factors also appear to be significant contributors to the disease. A diet high in refined fiber-depleted carbohydrate is believed to be the causative factor in many individuals, while a high intake of high-fiber complex carbohydrate foods is protective against diabetes. 

Although the incidence of diabetes is lower in China than in the U.S., the disease has been known in the East since ancient times, and has been a subject of clinical studies for the past forty years. Chinese medical treatment of diabetes includes acupuncture, herbal therapy, and dietary recommendations.

Modern research has shown that the therapeutic effects of acupuncture on diabetes are similar to those of the diabetes pills used in Western medicine; however, acupuncture excels in the prevention of complications, especially cardiovascular diseases.

For a complete consultation, please contact us at 704.968.0351.

Acupuncture is most suitable for patients with Type 2 diabetes who are either moderate in constitution or obese. Acupuncture can also achieve good results in patients if the disease course has been short and the severity of the condition is slight or moderate.

Diabetes is a complex condition with a multitude of metabolic imbalances, and, therefore, cannot be cured by acupuncture alone. A combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy, as well as dietary and lifestyle modifications, is strongly recommended.



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