Can Acupuncture Therapy Control Diabetes?

Acupuncture therapy is an alternative medicine, through which many serious diseases can be cured. A research has found that this therapy is also effective in diabetes. 

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Oct 07, 2019Updated at: Oct 07, 2019
Can Acupuncture Therapy Control Diabetes?

Acupuncture is a practice that has been found beneficial in the treatment of many diseases and conditions such as chronic pain, infertility, headaches. However many studies are still being done on its efficiency by scientists and health experts. Many experts say that traditional Chinese therapy has proved very beneficial in the treatment of type-2 diabetes. Piercing on the skin with some special needles transmits a special type of energy to the target organs.

Acupuncture as a treatment method emphasizes the elimination of symptoms of diseases. Because diabetes is a problem that arises due to hormonal imbalance in our endocrine system (and it makes you feel pain). The needle used for acupuncture stimulates the same type of endorphins, releasing positive energy and reducing any type of pain. According to some experts, acupuncture can help fight the many dangers and side effects of diabetes, control pancreatic function and maintain insulin levels. Apart from this, regular acupuncture can also help in fighting obesity.

Doctors say that acupuncture works based on improvement in these 5 activities of the body:

  • It helps in gaining weight regularly and managing it better.
  • Improves blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
  • It protects the pancreas and inhibits increased insulin production.
  • It improves insulin resistance.
  • Manage and improve the production levels of hormones needed in the body such as melatonin, insulin, glucocorticoids.

How does this work?

Traditionally, those who use it believe that acupuncture works best when low-intensity passes through our bodies. Acupuncture treatment for diabetes usually takes 20 to 30 minutes and is done twice a week. Depending on the patient's history and the progression of the disease, treatment can be extended further into the week. Most physicians prefer to use two types of acupuncture in the management of diabetes and prevent this problem from worsening or affecting essential bodily functions.

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It is the most commonly used form of acupuncture, in which needles are placed at the trigger point and low-intensity electrical variations are passed from one needle to another, which helps fight insulin resistance and sensitivity.

Treatment of wrist and ankle

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Wrist-ankle treatment is another form of acupuncture, which produces deep stimulation at the trigger point. It can help reduce sugar levels and improve the quality of life.

Herbal Acupuncture

It is a new form of recently developed acupuncture. Special types of herbs are used in this treatment, which is directly targeted to our acupuncture points.  

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