Traditional Chinese Medicine for Diabetes?

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM has been touted as one of the natural cures for diabetes On many of the research I have undertaken, the truth is that TCM does not really offer treatment for diabetes. What it does is it helps produce the best output to allow the body to function in as normal state as possible. I find, however, that more research is needed to substantiate the good effects the TCM does for the body.

The basis of TCM is that people are born from the interdependence of two major beliefs, the yin and the yang. The belief is that diabetes mellitus is the result of the imbalance of the yin due to some factors. Emotional stress, improper diet, mental and physical exhaustion and other diseases have made the yin deficient. This spurred the search for natural cures for diabetes.

It is an acceptable accord that nurturing the yin is crucial. How to accomplish this goal is the question. The Chinese practitioners prescribe natural cures for diabetes in the form of the following: Radix Trichosanthis, Radix Scrophulariae, Radix Glehniae, RawGypsum Fibrosum, Raw Radix Rehmanniae, and Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati.

Of course, we are used to the practice of Western Medicine. For one thing the physiology and anatomy are more accurate but the believers in TCM think there are advantages over the Western Medicine. They say that for one thing there is a variety of treatment available. And they are happy to announce that the prescribed medication by the Chinese practitioners have no known lethal effects. These are all possible because TCM goes after the natural cures for diabetes.

The TCM practitioners believe that a person should be regarded as a whole being with his mind, body and spirit all rolled into one system. That is why they emphasize the treatment of the whole person. What they do is look for the source of the illness. They are so trained to do this that the approach to healing may be what other diabetics, who do not respond positively to Western treatment, need.

Allow me to give you an example. When a patient goes on a hyperglycemic state, the physician usually prescribes hypoglycemic pills and an injection of insulin so that the blood glucose level will go lower. The advocates for TCM argument that this does not face the problem of the islets of Langerhans, which is the one in charge of insulin secretion. When the drugs are stopped the blood sugar will go up again because the issue of the islets of Langerhans has not been addressed and is still dysfunctional.

What do the traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners do? They use Chinese medicinal drugs to determine why the condition such and try to correct the source of the problem. They attempt to make the insulin factor do its work. TCM can also help the diabetics manage the lipids. We know that the bile has a role in the mixture of insulin so when this is not functioning in a regular manner, the manufacture of insulin is also affected.

Now there is hope that putting together the best of the two worlds, that is, Western and Traditional Chinese treatments may benefit the patient. Both the doctor and the TCM practitioner who choose to combine the two types of treatment know it is vital to monitor the blood sugar level closely. And both check the possible side effects of the treatment.

Anyways we should not lose sight of the fact that the goal is to determine the best way to care for the diabetes. Having an open mind to check out all avenues of treatment will be helpful in the long run. After all, we want the best help for our patients and in the process give the best of ourselves, no matter what treatment is employed.

Source by Roger Guzman, MD

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