April Bui Acupuncture
Diabetes mellitus (type 2) is a growing disease of epidemic portion in the United States and throughout the world. According to the statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for year 2015, in the United States 30.3 million Americans had diabetes and another 84.1 million people were pre-diabetic, which if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years. This widespread problem imposes a huge burden on the health care system and progressively erodes the productivity and quality of life for the diabetic population.
The continuing decline in health among diabetics has shown that relying on medications alone, even with strict dietary control, is not sufficient. However on the optimistic end of the spectrum, clinical results have proven that diabetes can be controlled and the quality of life and health can be improved for diabetics with the integration of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Common symptoms and complications of diabetes include, but not limited to:
Benefits of using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to manage diabetes:
Causes of diabetes according to Chinese medicine principles:
According to Chinese medicine principles the underlying cause of diabetes is organ deficiency, specifically relating to the lungs, spleen, stomach, and kidneys. A poor diet, reckless or destructive lifestyle, and long-term chronic stress play a huge role in the development of diabetes as they contribute to the decline of the organs. As diabetes progresses, the functions of the related organs become more deficient and degenerative with time regardless that a person is on medications.
In order to address diabetes, the functions and vitality of lungs, spleen, stomach, and kidneys must be supported - diabetic medications are not doing this and thus leaving the root causes untreated. This is the reason why long-time diabetic patients are not able to control their sugar, even with multiple medications and increased dosages, the sugar continues to spike due to their weakened organs rejecting the medications. Not until they get on a regimen with acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy that the vitality of the affected organs begin to revive and the body is able to accept medications again. As a result, the sugar is brought under control.
Chinese medicine has been proven extremely effective in treating diabetes. The following protocol is what you can expect for diabetes treatment at our clinic.