It is estimated that 14 million people affected by diabetes each year.Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
Type 1 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin. Usually it appears before the age of 40, and especially in childhood.
Type 2 diabetes develops when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly.
The main symptoms of diabetes include passing urine frequently (especially at night), increased thirst, extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss, genital itching or regular episodes of thrush, slow healing of wounds and blurred.
The complications of diabetes include heart attack, stroke, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage.
Conventional Medicine holds diabetes a disorder, which cannot be cured but only controlled. Once affected, one has to live with it.
We, the alternative practitioners believe natural diabetes treatment can help to rejuvenates pancreas to function normally to its natural level by enlivening the pancreatic cells, which are responsible for this illness.
Diabetes according to Traditional Chinese Medicine
A patient with “Xiao Ke” or “wasting and thirsting disease” (the Traditional Chinese 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; all symptoms of diabetes.
In treating diabetes, Chinese medicine offers a way to address each patient individually to eliminate the symptoms associated with diabetes and reduce the need for insulin. The therapist 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.
Herbal Medicine is an important component to the treatment of diabetes. Different formulas may be effective for different people, so therapist may try several different approaches.
Natural herbal remedies are not only trusted to control blood sugar, but at the same time it will take care of kidney, liver, eye and hearts. These are the organs that may be affected by prolonged diabetes.
– herbal treatment procedure
In our clinic special herbal formulas handed down through family line for 5 generations are proved to be effective in the treatment of diabetes I and diabetes II . In Diabetes II treatment, these herbal formula are taken along with your conventional medications till the glucose level in blood reaches normal. Then slowly reduce the dosage of the conventional medicine and finally discard if possible. For type I diabetes the personally tailed formula can be taken along with insulin therapy, in due coarse insulin shots requirement will be reduced and we are expecting you come off insulin injections after one course or courses of treatments.
We, Chinese Natural Treatment Clinic, combine the wisdom of traditional folk medicine, ancient Chinese medicine, and cutting-edge Western technology to provide a complete, all natural response to your healing needs. We are seeking approach integrated care in a way that combines Chinese herbal medicine with Western medicine to enhance and improve medical care for patients with diabetes – without undermining or negatively impacting patients’ medical treatment.
Conventional Medical Treatment and side effects
Insulin was the first, and remains the primary means of treatment for Type 1 diabetes and is administered by subcutaneous injection. This method is necessary since insulin is destroyed by gastric stomach secretions when it is taken by mouth. Insulin injections must be balanced with meals and daily activities, and glucose levels must be closely monitored through frequent blood sugar testing. Many diabetics need inject insulin only once a day; others require two or more injections. The usual time for a dose of insulin is before breakfast. The dosage is initially established according to the severity of the condition, but it often has to be reassessed as one or another of the variables in the person’s condition changes.
During the past several years a large number of different classes of drug therapies for patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have been developed. The concept of genetic re-engineering of insulins to produce insulin analogs (synthetic insulin) with improved properties has enhanced the ability to affect glycaemic control with fewer adverse reactions. For Type 2 patients, the number of orally active antidiabetic agents has increased from one class of agents (the sulfonylureas – sulfa drugs) to the current total of four classes of agents. The three new classes include agents of potentially even greater glycaemic efficacy, such as Biguanide ‘Metformin’; agents directly improving the underlying insulin resistance of Type 2 diabetes, specifically thiazolidinediones such as ‘Troglitazone’; and finally agents that alter the rate of hydrolysis and absorption of oligosaccharides, such as the alpha-glucosidase inhibitor ‘Acarbose’.
The sulfonylureas as a group have proven to be not very effective. After three months of continual treatment at an adequate dosage, only about sixty percent of Type 2 diabetics are able to control blood sugar levels using these drugs. Furthermore these agents generally lose their effectiveness over time. After an initial period of success they fail to produce a positive effect in about thirty- percent of the cases at best.
In addition to being of limited value, there is evidence that the sulfonylureas actually
produce harmful long-term effects. Tolbutamide has been reported to be associated with increased cardiovascular mortality. Other major side effects of the sulfonylureas are hypoglycaemia, allergic skin reactions, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and liver damage. Common examples of sulfonylureas include Chlorpropamide (Diabinese), Glipizide (Glucotrol), Tolazamide (Tolinase) and Tolbutamide (Orinase).
Metformin has been used in the management of Type 2 diabetes in more than 90 countries for over 30 years. It was approved for use in diabetes patients in the United States in 1995. Metformin reduces the excessive hepatic glucose production that characterizes Type 2 diabetes. With reduced hyperglycaemia, glucose uptake by peripheral tissues is enhanced while insulin levels remain stable or decline. Metformin also lowers elevated cholesterol and lipids, particularly the serum levels of triglycerides. Frequency of adverse effects is low at the doses needed to obtain the desired metabolic effect.
Troglitazone is a member of a new class of drugs that are ‘insulin sensitizers’. It was selected on the basis of its effect to lower glycaemia without increasing insulin levels, its ability to improve lipid levels and absence of significant side effects or adverse events in short-term human studies. The new generation oral drugs do have a specific and beneficial place particularly for patients who are on an appropriate diet and exercise program, have attained an optimal weight and are still unable to adequately control blood sugar levels. However with the increased number of oral antidiabetic agents soon to increase even further, the medical emphasis upon management of hyperglycaemia in Type 2 diabetes with these agents will likely increase. Realistically this is the easiest and least time-consuming response that can be made by practitioners to the impact of managed care plans. However to prescribe these agents alone and in combination for even minimal degrees of hyperglycaemia without an adequate trial of diet and exercise will only serve to accentuate the problem. For the noninsulin dependent diabetic, dietary and life style changes can often provide adequate remediation.