What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic condition in which there is a high level of sugar (Glucose) in the bloodstream. When we eat foods, it is broken down into Glucose by our liver which is absorbed by our fat and muscle’s cells and stored as energy. Diabetes develops when the Pancreas does not produce enough Insulin, a hormone that allows the body to absorb Glucose.
Type 1 Diabetes is when the body makes little or no Insulin requiring daily injections of Insulin. It typically occurs during childhood or adolescence.
Type 2 Diabetes is where the body makes Insulin but cannot use it properly. It typically develops in adulthood but is becoming more prevalent in children because of high obesity rates. Type 2 Diabetes accounts for over 90% of Diabetes cases.
Diabetes if not adequately treated and controlled can result in heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness and limb amputations.
There is no cure for Diabetes.
What are the Trends of Diabetes in Canada?
Formerly considered a disease of adults and the elderly, Diabetes is now common in children as young as 10 years old.
The percentage of Canadians suffering from Diabetes increased 70% in the last 10 years due to our increasing sedentary lifestyle, high obesity rates and rich diet of processed foods.
Western drugs such as Metformin and Thiazolidinedione (TZDs) are commonly used to treat Diabetes; however, patients taking these drugs may experience mild side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, gas, water retention to more serious side effects such as hepatitis and kidney failure.
Acupuncture and Pancreas Nourishment therapy are a natural way to control Type1 and 2 Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes.
Acupuncture for Treating Diabetes
Acupuncture therapy improves blood flow, circulation and helps balance Yin-Yang, Qi-Blood, Pancreas, Stomach, kidney, lung and other Zeng-Fu organs.
The result is lowered blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduced food cravings and thirst, reduction in the cardiovascular complications of diabetes and preservation of nerve function.
Acupuncture Therapy (1 to-2 times per week) should be combined with Chinese herbal medicine for maximum effectiveness and results.
Dr. W. Zhao’s proprietary Pancreas Nourishment herb formula contains all natural Trichosanthes Root, Notoginseng, Honeysuckle Flower and Berberine.
These natural herbs improve Pancreatic function, boost the immune system and contain a wide range of proteins, enzymes and amino acids, many of which have an anti-inflammatory properties and have been used in used in Traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years in the treatment of high blood sugar.
The patients typically experience a reduction of blood sugar levels.
Can Western and Chinese Medicine be used together for Diabetes?
Yes. Dr. Zhao is trained in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine and encourages his patients to use a combination of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with traditional Western diabetes drugs like insulin injections.
Pancreas Nourishment can be taken safely with western medicines.
Many of Dr. Zhao’s patients find the combination to be more effective than either one on its own—the result is often a reduction in the dosage or even elimination of Insulin required.
How effective is Chinese Medicine in the treatment of Diabetes?
Chinese herbs have been used to treat Diabetes for thousands of years in Asia.
There is a growing body of scientific studies by western Universities investigating the effectiveness of various Chinese herbs in the treatment of Diabetes. One of the most comprehensive studies is by The Centre for Complementary Medicine Research at the University of Western Sydney in Australia.*
The researchers considered data from 16 clinical trials including 1,391 people who received 15 different herbal formulations. According to their findings, combining herbal medicines with lifestyle changes is twice as effective as lifestyle changes alone at normalizing patients’ blood sugar levels. Those given the herbal formulations were less likely to develop full blown diabetes during the study period.