Acupuncture for Diabetes
Updated: Aug 8
Diabetes affects an estimated 30.3 million people in the United States, making it one of the most common chronic diseases. Due to the nature of the illness, there can be vascular complications related to prolonged and persistent hyperglycemia; these and other issues can ultimately lead to death.
Signs, symptoms, and effects of diabetes include:
Unexplained weight loss
Risk of stroke
High blood pressure
Frequent infections, including gyms, skin, and vaginal
There can also be damage to the kidneys and issues with the circulatory, endocrine, and digestive systems.
Diabetes can develop at any age, but type 1 most often manifests in childhood or adolescence whereas type 2 typically develops in people over 40.
Treatment of diabetes typically involves a combination of interventions, including nutrition, insulin therapy or medication, monitoring blood sugar, and lifestyle changes. Nutrition and exercise are an important foundation for health, especially with an illness like diabetes.
As research increasingly touts the many benefits of acupuncture, many people living with diabetes are turning to this natural treatment as well. Research is still ongoing, but has already shown the efficacy of acupuncture for reducing serum glucose levels and regulating endocrine function. Acupuncture, as well as electroacupuncture, or a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion may also help in the management of diabetes in other ways, including:
Pain management for peripheral neuropathy
Managing depression and anxiety
Preserving nerve function
Increasing range of motion
Promoting weight loss / management
Improving insulin resistance
Improving glucose tolerance
Supporting the immune system
Boosting positive feelings
If you’re struggling to manage your diabetes symptoms, or are simply looking to improve your health and well-being, acupuncture is a powerful tool. Besides diabetes, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are used in the treatment of many other health issues, such as pain management, respiratory issues, hormones, smoking cessation, gastrointestinal issues, cardiovascular disorders, infertility, neurological issues, and more.
Your journey with acupuncture will begin with an in-depth consultation. The acupuncture itself will involve the insertion of tiny, hair-like needles being places at specific points. Most people report little to no pain from acupuncture needles, and many actually find that they enter a deep state of relaxation or even fall asleep.
In addition to acupuncture, you may benefit from the use of herbs as well as nutritional changes. Be sure to keep both your endocrinologist and acupuncturist in the loop on any changes or plans.
If you are ready to explore acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Central Florida, schedule an appointment with Four Seasons Acupuncture!
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