Improving insulin sensitivity is a very important step towards avoiding the long term complications of diabetes. Long term complications of diabetes occur when blood glucose levels are not properly controlled. Excess glucose in the blood gets into the linings of both small and large blood vessels and damages them. This leads to damaged heart, kidneys, retina, and nerves (leading to reduced sensation in the hands and feet).
Chinese medicine considers diabetes to be a “Thirsting and Wasting” disease that is caused by deficiencies in the kidney/adrenal, pancreas, and lung organ/glandular systems. The key symptoms include thirst, weight loss or gain, fatigue, and sugar in the urine. Chinese medicine practitioners recommend a combination of Western and Chinese medicine to treat diabetes. The Chinese medicine practitioner focuses on strengthening the body and managing long-term symptoms with acupuncture and herbs. Acupuncture is also used to control blood sugar levels.