Type 2 diabetes has become a major healthcare problem in the United States. Obesity, lack of exercise, and a diet with too much sugar and processed foods, have all contributed to the growth of this disease. Above all, it affects those over 50 and studies have shown that up to 20% of Americans over 65 suffer from diabetes. It is not commonly known in the US that diabetes can be treated with acupuncture. But in China, where the population’s level of blood sugar is gradually rising due to modernization and the adoption of the western diet, acupuncture is used to treat diabetes. As a result, western physicians are increasingly recommending the treatment of acupuncture for diabetes.
Acupuncture physicians apply the needles to about 20 points on the body that they have learned are effective in lowering blood sugar. In fact, many of the points on the body used to treat diabetes are the same as those used for many other disorders, such as dietary problems, poor circulation, obesity or neuropathy. Stress can also be a common cause of diabetes. Acupuncture is especially helpful in helping the body relax and restore a sense of well being, thus reducing the stress.
Treating diabetes also means examining your diet and lifestyle – in combination with any treatment. Acupuncturists tend to spend more time consulting with their patients and combining their treatments with additional information about diet and exercise. Carolyn Cook also combines her treatment with the use of Chinese herbs, which are commonly prescribed for diabetes.