The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation states that around 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. This chronic condition affects as many as 380 million people from the whole world.
Not to make things any gloomier but, the World Health Organization says this number could very well double by the year 2030. Well, nowadays in China, it appears that acupuncture is used, among many other things, for treating diabetes!
Some newer studies, whose main focus is the biochemical mechanism of diabetes suggest that acupuncture can indeed prove useful and effective in the treatment of diabetes.
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As you may already know, the two most common types of diabetes are type I and type II. Both of these, if not treated properly, may lead to serious complications. Among which:
In fact, according to CDC diabetes represents the 7th most common cause of untimely death here in the U.S.
As for acupuncture, a large number of individuals fear it may hurt (thinking about the needles). But most of these treatments are usually completely free of any pain or discomfort and are truly a way to reduce any chronic pain. Without any side effects, mind you.
Techniques in acupuncture which are needed for treating diabetes may differ from those needed for the treatment of pain. Medical puncture contains a wide variety of versatile techniques and styles, yet it appears that only three of them are used for treating diabetes.
Like its name clearly suggests, this is a form of acupuncture which is all about stimulation of the wrist and ankle nerves using the special thin needles.
According to a study conducted back in 2006 in China and published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, ankle-wrist acupuncture treatments proved helpful in easing nerve damage as a result of diabetes (also called diabetic peripheral neuritis).
This is considered the most common acupuncture type for treating diabetes. It represents the insertion of a pair of thin needles at each point on the patient’s body and then passing an electrical impulse from one thin needle to the other.
It might sound scary, but don’t be alarmed. There have been numerous studies which acclaim the ability of this technique when it comes to controlling the patient’s blood sugar levels as well as pain caused by diabetic neuropathy.
This may sound strange, but it has proven effective far more than once. This technique is all about injecting herbs into acupuncture points.
According to a review in the Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine journal, this type of acupuncture may help in maintaining one’s sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes.
Although acupuncture, as we stated above, is generally risk-free, there are certain possible side-effects which you should consider before choosing this treatment method. Those are:
Furthermore, before having acupuncture, you should make sure that:
Acupuncture is certainly a safe and advisable method for treating diabetes, as long as it is professionals who perform it. It has gained popularity in the western world, and even western medicine has recognized it during these last 20 years or so.
Even the WHO recognizes its potential in the treatment of many different conditions. It is even more effective when combined with other natural ways of treating diabetes, such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle in general.