If you have type 2 diabetes you know that you need to remain vigilant about your diet, exercise, and lifestyle in order to maintain your health as you age. The health effects of poorly managed blood sugar can include peripheral neuropathy (nerve problems in the lower legs and arms), eye problems, kidney disease, and other serious concerns.
If you are having trouble maintaining relatively low and stable blood sugar levels as a type 2 diabetic you may want to consider using Chinese medicine to lower blood sugar levels and to manage any early side effects from the disease that you’re suffering.
Here’s how Chinese medicine can help you, in conjunction with your western medical treatment:
Studies indicate that acupuncture is helpful for managing blood glucose levels and assisting with weight loss. Acupuncture is also known to calm the nervous system, support lowering blood pressure, and help with healing of damaged nerves — all of which may be helpful for those with type 2 diabetes. Acupuncture is a wonderful therapy especially for those who are already taking a number of pharmaceutical medications and do not want to add more medications to their regimen.
There are several Chinese herbs that have been shown to lower blood glucose levels, including panax ginseng, guava leaf, Chinese quince, and others. When incorporated into a customized formula balanced for your individual constitution, these herbal medications can help get fasting blood sugar levels under control. These herbal formulas can be modified to also assist with weight loss and digestion management, stress management, blood pressure management, and support for circulatory problems.
If you are looking for additional solutions to manage your blood sugar and ensure that your long-term health is moving in the right direction, acupuncture and herbal medicine can be a helpful part of your treatment. If you’d like to chat about whether these treatments may be right for you, do not hesitate to give me a call.