TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient form of treatment that is slowly but surely gaining acceptance in the United States. It has been accepted for centuries in Europe. Far from being considered as an alternative system, TCM is an integral component in the healthcare systems of Korea and mainland China.
TCM is practiced by qualified professional Chinese physicians in the treatment of both Type I and Type II diabetes. Usually based alongside several different herbs and principles and used in conjunction with acupuncture, TCM has been helpful for the improvement of the condition of diabetes sufferers in certain cases.
Chinese Medicine Claims to Diabetes Treatment
Practitioners of TCM believe that treatments should begin at the early onset of diabetes to optimize the efficacy of the treatment. The major benefit of TCM treatment for diabetes is its capacity to improve the circulation of blood throughout the body. This enhanced level of blood flow is important to help slow down or even stop the debilitating start of diabetic neuropathy.
If diabetic neuropathy ensues, the effects may be severe and crippling and the person may at least, suffer from pain and swelling or worse, one of his/her body part ends being amputated during the advanced stages of this condition. TCM can potentially relieve the pain. Other benefits patients with diabetes can expect from TCM include the stabilizing of their blood sugar levels (for Type II diabetics) which is a very important factor in diabetic health.
TCM Helps Improve the Function of the Endocrine System
It does this by helping establish order within the endocrine system. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting reed-thin needles into specific points in the body to boost the functions of the body organs and is seen to aid in the treatment of diabetes.
Acupuncture can help stop the severe effects of diabetic neuropathy. Equally important, the treatment has been known to improve the function of the pancreas. Acupuncture has also been seen to lower the autoimmune factor key to diabetes.
Some people claim that the utilization of Cleveland acupuncture for the treatment of diabetes can help lessen the need for insulin. Auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture of the ears can help stimulate the nervous system and be beneficial for type II diabetes treatment.
Acupuncture and TCM, although proven to be useful for diabetics in the past, should be used only after consultation with a physician and must be used carefully. They should be used as adjunctive therapies along with Western modes of treatment, not as a standalone treatment for diabetes.