Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to treat diabetes for over 2000 years.

A patient with “Xiao Ke” or “wasting and thirsting disease” (the Traditional Oriental medical term for diabetes) is discussed in detail in the Nei Jing, a classic Chinese medical book written about 2,500 years ago. The patient is described as having symptoms of excessive hunger and thirst, frequent urination and rapid weight loss, which are all symptoms of diabetes.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, diabetes is caused by an imbalance of the cyclical flow of Qi within the channels and organ systems.

This particular imbalance produces heat that depletes the body’s fluids and Qi causing symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive thirst (polydipsia)
  • Excessive urination (polyuria)
  • Excessive eating (polyphagia)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Infections
  • Irritability
  • Blurry vision

In treating diabetes, Oriental medicine offers a way to address each patient individually to eliminate the symptoms associated with diabetes and reduce the need for insulin. The practitioner may choose to use a variety of techniques during treatment including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids.