Diabetes is a common metabolic condition that causes high blood sugar levels and can lead to severe complications. According to Data From the National Institutes of Health Diabetes An estimated 34.2million people are affected by this serious health problem, which is approximately 10.5 per cent of the US population. Recent research also shows that the COVIDHigh-risk factors for developing diabetes include the -19 virus.
The United States has 26.9 million diabetes-related cases, with an additional 7.3 million undiagnosed. Additionally, there are more than 1.4 million Every year, diabetes cases rise.
According to the National Diabetes Statistics Center Report for 2020, Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in American adults, accounting for 90–95 percent of all cases. Type 1 diabetes is responsible for 5-10% of all cases. Some rarer types of diabetes are also available, such as cystic Fibrosis-related diabetes and gestational diabetic.
The most recent Study Published in JAMA Network Open, the study found that people infected by COVID-19 were three times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than those who had not been vaccinated. This shows that COVID-19 viruses are a risk factor for diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to serious health issues such as blindness, kidney disease, blindness, lower limb amputation, and cardiovascular disease. Regular checkups and early diagnosis are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)TCMThe following are ways to prevent and treat diabetes:
- Diet therapy TCM stresses the importance of diet therapy in treating and preventing diabetes. A diet low in fat, sugar, and protein is recommended. Avoid sweet and sugary foods like desserts and sweet drinks. TCM believes that the taste and texture of food can also have an impact on the body. Therefore, TCM recommends eating more bitter and sweet foods such as lemon and bitter gourd to regulate the body’s internal equilibrium.
- Moderate exercise: TCM considers exercise important in preventing and treating diabetes. Patients with diabetes should exercise moderately, such as walking and running, but not too much. TCM recommends that patients with diabetes do yoga and tai-chi to help them adjust their internal energy and blood circulation. This will allow them to achieve their goal of treating the disease.
- TCM Treatment: TCM believes diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder.
TCM’s basic principles in diabetes treatment are to regulate the constitutions, promote digestion of the stomach and spleen, regulate blood circulation, and attain the goal of balancing the yin/yang and controlling blood sugar.
These are some of the most commonly used TCM prescriptions.
- Si Jun Zi Tang: This prescription includes four medicinal materials, including ginseng and poria. It is able to regulate the function and constitution of the stomach and spleen, as well as have an effect on diabetes and weak stomachs.
- Wu Wei Zi Yin: This prescription contains various medicinal materials, including Schisandra and dendrobium. It regulates blood and qi circulation, boosts immunity function, and has a positive effect on diabetes treatment.
- Huang Qi Decoction: This prescription includes various medicinal substances such as poria, Chinese atractylodes and angelica. It is able to regulate insulin secretion and lower blood sugar levels.
- Ku Gua Tang Niao Wan: This prescription contains various medicinal substances, including bitter gourd and winter melon seed, winter melon peel, bird’s nest, and Goji berries. It is known to increase insulin secretion, improve kidney function, and lower blood glucose levels.
- Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan: This prescription contains various medicinal substances, including Phellodendron and anemarrhena. It can improve the constitution, regulate kidney function, detoxify, lower blood sugar, and clear heat.
TCM’s Acupressure method for treating diabetes is known. It stimulates the body’s Acupoints, regulates the blood circulation, improves the function of the stomach and spleen, and lowers blood sugar levels. This can help to alleviate diabetes symptoms. These are some of the most common acupressure techniques:
- Zhong Wan acupoint It is located at the midline of your stomach, four horizontal fingertips above the navel. Massaging this acupoint with fingers for 1–2 minutes can promote gastrointestinal peristalsis, improve digestion and absorption, and lower blood sugar levels.
- Qi Hai Acupoint: Place three horizontal fingers below your navel. Massaging this acupoint with fingers for 1–2 minutes can regulate the function of the spleen and stomach, enhance the constitution, and lower blood sugar levels.
- Zu San Li acupoint This is on the left side of the lower legs, just outside the knee. Massaging this acupoint with fingers for 1–2 minutes can regulate the function of the spleen and stomach, promote blood circulation, and lower blood sugar levels.
- Tai Chong acupoint It is located in the middle of the foot in the depression between the first toe and second toe bones. Massaging this acupoint with fingers for 1–2 minutes can regulate kidney function, promote blood circulation, and lower blood sugar levels.
TCM practices are required for long-term treatment of diabetes. To improve your physical condition, you should not look for quick fixes. Instead, change various aspects of your lifestyle, diet, exercise routines and other factors.
*Some of the herbs mentioned in this article may be unfamiliar, but they are generally available in Asian supermarkets.
Note: Due to the fact that different people have different physiques it is important to consult your doctor or TCM experts.
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