The treatment of diabetes according to Chinese medicine

According to Western medicine, diabetes is an incurable disease and its treatment is aimed at delaying the expected complications.
On the other hand, with the help of Chinese medicine, it is possible to better understand the pattern that led to the disease and provide accurate treatment of the causes and symptoms.

Sugar and our bodies
When we eat carbohydrates (sugars), the food is absorbed through the digestive system into the bloodstream. In response to the increase in blood sugar levels, the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin, whose function is to get sugar into the body’s cells. Diabetes is a condition in which there is a disturbance in the mechanism of introducing sugar into the cells.

The types of diabetes

  • Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, constitutes 10% of diabetes patients, and in which the cells of the immune system attack the pancreatic cells that secrete insulin, thus destroying the production mechanism and the person needs an external supply for life. This is often an autoimmune disease and the reason for this is not clear. The prevailing explanations are that there is a connection to viral infection, drugs, toxins, free radicals, stress, and/or genetics.
  • Type 2 diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes, accounts for 90% of diabetics, in which the pancreas still produces insulin, but the body only responds to high levels of insulin. As a result, the pancreas works “overtime” every time there is high sugar in the bloodstream, and eventually it weakens and gets tired to the point where the body needs external insulin.
  • Gestational diabetes (a subsection of type 2 diabetes), which appears during pregnancy and usually passes after birth, increases the incidence of diabetes in the future.

Diabetes in the perspective of energy medicine
According to the theory of the five elements of Chinese medicine, in diabetes there is damage to the earth element. The soil represents our ability to receive, absorb, and provide nourishment. When the earth is balanced, our appetite for food, objects, and attention is balanced as well. We trust ourselves, the people around us and God to have everything we need for a full and fulfilling life. Our ability to process is also related to the earth element, and thanks to it we can internalize experiences and thoughts, and turn the food we eat into molecules in our body.
The earth element also represents our ability to accommodate change. When something goes wrong in our plans, and there is an unplanned event (accident, death of a loved one, panic, the discovery of an illness) the earth in us allows us to rediscover our grip on the ground and rediscover a solid and stable foundation. Hence, creating a routine in life strengthens the soil in which we are built. Derivative to this point is the ability to connect different parts and allow a harmonious flow.

For example, the allergies that appear in the spring are associated with a weakness in the earth element because we are unable to accommodate the seasonal change and connect winter with spring. The earth element is represented in our body by the stomach, especially from the navel to the diaphragm. This is the area of the digestive system that connects the upper body to the lower body. Again we recognize an idea that symbolizes a center, a connection between different parts, reception, processing and absorption. The taste associated with earth is sweet. Sound familiar?

Diabetes symbolizes the inability to maintain stability in the energy level. The insulin represents the connection between the sugar and the cells, and the fact that it is not secreted correctly expresses the difficulty with the sharp changes. Any fluctuation in sugar throws the body out of balance, and does not allow it to receive, absorb and nourish the body’s cells.
Another interesting point is that many describe the onset of diabetes after emotional or physical trauma. Man received an unexpected “blow” and the earth element collapsed. In such a case, processing the trauma will be an important part of the healing process to enable recovery. The treatment in Chinese medicine, the only way to stop the deterioration of the disease and prevent complications is with the help of stabilizing the blood sugar level, a principle common to both Western medicine and complementary medicine.

Diabetes is documented in the ancient writings of Chinese medicine, which effectively treats the symptoms and complications of the disease.
The treatment is given at the same time as the conventional drug treatment and aims to stabilize the blood sugar levels and in addition:

  • Renew nerve conduction and the flow of blood and fluids to and from the legs
  • Treat dryness and itchiness in the skin, and aid in wound healing
  • Help with weight loss or gain as needed, and balance the appetite
  • Improve pancreatic, heart, liver and kidney functions
  • Balance blood pressure indicators, cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Improve sexual function (impotence, lack of desire and vaginal dryness)
    • Help the digestive system function: diarrhea, constipation, gas, abdominal pain
  • Prevent deterioration and improve eye function
  • Strengthen the immune system

Some examples from the clinic

  • Acupuncture a point on the little finger called “wrist bones” on the meridian of the small intestine, strengthens the function of the pancreas and the ability to absorb essential substances from food, therefore supports the production of blood cells and increases the energy level in the body.
  • The use of Chinese herbs: Chinese yam – Shan Yao, together with the astragalus root – Huang Qi
    It is a combination to lower blood sugar levels in cases of fatigue, soft stools and a feeling of numbness in the limbs.
  • Nutrition is an essential component in the treatment of diabetes and for this purpose the patient receives a menu that is tailored to him personally. The guiding principles are foods that release sugar slowly into the bloodstream such as legumes, whole grains, vegetables and a little fruit, as well as proteins and quality fats.

The goal is to reach a BMI between 19-25.

  • It is important to incorporate physical activity as part of the recovery plan. It has been proven that regular physical activity increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin and thus contributes to balancing blood sugar levels, balances cholesterol levels, triglycerides and blood pressure, helps with weight loss, and relieves stress.

In conclusion, with the help of appropriate treatment, you can live for many years without complications from diabetes. The holistic view of Chinese medicine allows consideration and treatment of all components of the disease on the physical, mental and spiritual level.

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