18. September 2019 · Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutritional Therapy for Diabetes · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags: ,

Characterized by hyperglycemia, Diabetes Mellitus is a syndrome caused by faulty or ineffective secretion of insulin by the body. Diabetes can lead to several complications such as nephropathy, retinopathy, peripheral arterial and atherosclerotic coronary disease as well as autonomic and peripheral neuropathies. Diabetes can be divided into two types: (Insulin Dependent) and Non insulin dependent (NIDDM).

Diabetes is known as Xiao Ke in Tarzana Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM which believes that three important organs are responsible for this disease. They are the kidney, abdomen, and lungs. TCM has classified the three patterns or types of diabetes based on the symptomatic manifestations of the patient through diagnostic tongue and pulse examinations.

From a TCM standpoint, what exactly causes diabetes?

According to TCM, people who live a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle and frequently consume greasy and/or sweet foods are at risk of developing diabetes. This lifestyle and dietary habit easily exhausts and obstructs the energy of the body. Stagnation occurs once the energy of the body becomes obstructed eventually leading to a buildup of toxic heat. The toxic heat will eventually use up all the fluids of the vital organ causing organ disharmony and dysfunction. The kidney, spleen, and lung organs haven’t been in harmony for a long time before diabetes sets in the body.

In preventing or treating diabetes, the first step in TCM is to begin practicing a form of Chinese nutritional therapy called Yao Shan and exercise on a regular basis. Recent studies show that during muscle exercise, our muscles distribute blood glucose to the cells to reduce the level of blood sugar without using insulin. This is why exercise is so vital in helping regulate blood sugar and in preventing diabetes. The improved blood flow helps and prevents the acceleration of neuropathy and other degenerating conditions.

In Chinese nutritional therapy, there are several ways to prevent or treat/cure diabetes.

If you’re confirmed of suffering from diabetes:

1. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables.

2. Eat lots of multi-whole grains such as barley, corn, black or brown, and buckwheat and try to stay away from processed carbohydrates.

3. As a rule, patients with diabetes ought to avoid spicy hot food that damage more yin body fluid. They also need to stay away from greasy and sweet foods and refrain from drinking alcohol. They should more bland food instead. According to TCM, smoking can damage even more lung yin fluid which can exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes.

4. Regular drinking of green tea can also help stave off diabetes. Make sure though that you don’t drink highly concentrated or too strong green tea, the consequence of which is the impairment of calcium absorption by your body. Some foods can help lower blood sugar. These are onion, bitter melon, kelp, shitake mushroom, bean sprout, white and black mushroom, bamboo, seaweed, and seafood.

5. Reduce consumption of fresh sweet fruits as they carry a high amount of sugar.

While TCM divides diabetes into three types based on their clinical symptoms, the human body in turn has three primary organ patterns based on the affected imbalanced organ; therefore, nutritional therapy should be directed toward the organ involved.

I. Pattern of Abdominal Heat Type of Diabetes

Scientifically, in this form of diabetes, the main symptom of the person is a savage appetite and extreme constant hunger. He may suffer from weight loss, experience constant thirst and frequently feel constipated and urinating. He may also suffer from blurred vision, dizziness and tinnitus. The objective of Chinese nutritional therapy is to expel heat in the abdominal organ.

Tofu Soup, Tomato and Fish:

250 g Tofu (slice into pieces)
250g Tomatoes (slice into pieces)
250g Fish meat (cover with wet starch and slice into pieces)
One stalk green onions and slice into tiny pieces

How to Cook: First use water to boil the tofu. Then a couple of minutes after, place all the tomatoes into the boiling soup. Then afterwards, throw in to the soup the fish coated with starch into soup until the fish is cooked. Finally, throw in the spices and green onions for flavor.

Eat the soup along with your meal.

II. Deficient Kidney and Liver yin pattern

This form of diabetes presents itself with the primary complaint of excess and frequent urination coupled with lingering illness. The urine may appear milky in color, look turbid, or smell sweet. Majority of patients may suffer from bilateral knee weakness (weakness in the two knees) and lower back soreness. Some patients may show other symptoms and signs like dry lips, itchy and dry skin, tinnitus, and dizziness.

Water chestnut carrot, soup:

250g Water chest nut, slice to half
250g Carrot, cut into square
500g Lean pork sliced into small cubes

How to Cook: place all the ingredients in a cerement pot along with water. Cook for hours at low temperature after first bringing to boil. Include the desired species before serving.

Eat as soup once a day. Take it warm.

III. Damaged body fluid with Lung Heat pattern

The major complaint of this pattern of disharmony is extreme thirst and after drinking a lot of water, the patient will still have a dry mouth and throat with pain or sensitivity in the throat. Signs and symptoms are dry stool and yellow urine. The tongue will appear red and have a light yellow fur due to excess heat in the organ.

Rice Mung Bean Soup

50g Rice
20g Mung bean
One dried or fresh Lotus leaf

How to Cook: to make rice soup, cook the mung bean and rice in water, and add then add the lotus leaf as a cover and lid. Cover the soup while cooking. Eat with your meal

Soy Bean Milk Soup:

20g spring rice
150ml Soy bean milk

How to Cook: First cook all the rice in water until it becomes soft. Afterwards include the soy bean milk into the water. Do not add sugar. Add another two minutes of cooking until the dish appears starchy.

Eat the soup with meal or for breakfast.

Mussel Soup with Bitter Melon:

100g Fresh mussel
250g Bitter melon (Remove seeds and slice into pieces)

To eliminate the muddy taste, dip fresh mussels in fresh water for a couple of days
How to Cook: To make soup, cook all ingredients in water. Then before serving, few drops sesame seed oil and a pinch of salt.

Eat with meal.

14. December 2017 · Comments Off on The Benefits Of Tai Chi And Qi Gong For Diabetes Sufferers · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

There are not so many articles online that discuss the benefits of Tai Chi for diabetes. Besides enhancing microcirculation, practitioners of this ancient Chinese exercise say that it is a very potent way to manage stress and has helped them burn a considerable amount of calories allowing them to lose weight rapidly. Tai Chi can actually aid the body in attaining homeostatic chemical levels. One example of this was revealed in a study showing how Tai Chi helped participants attain a “balancing effect” on the hormonal chemistry of their sex hormones that elevated the inordinately low levels of estrogen in older women while reducing the inordinately high levels of estrogen in older men.

Other studies also produced similar results which suggest that perhaps, significant research had been done on the benefits of Tai Chi (as well as Qigong) for people suffering from diabetes, provided that the results in other studies initially and at the minimum, indicate Tai Chi (and Qigong) provide lots of benefits for diabetes sufferers. In Western medical research, there doesn’t appear to be much study on the use of tai chi and qigong as an adjunctive therapy for diabetes.

However, studies conducted in Chinese medical institutions showed really incredible results. One study performed in the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology discovered that levels of blood sugar could be successfully reduced through performing Qi Gong exercises. In the study, 42.9 percent of patients were able to reduce their intake of medications and were able to increase their consumption of staple foods. Another study performed by researchers at the Nanjing University discovered that geriatric obesity with metabolic disorder of type 2 diabetes mellitus can be regulated by doing Tai Chi exercise. It was found that Tai chi helped regulate the endocrine-nervous system of the patients.

Based on these amazing results, why hasn’t Western medicine attempted any medical research on this?

In the United States only less than half of one percent of NIH funding goes to research on complementary and alternative therapies. This means that homeopathy, herbal medicine, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, etc., all get a tiny allocation of the NIH budget. A lot of the benefits enjoyed by people suffering from various conditions from the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong will never be experienced by others having the same conditions unless the NIH allocates enough funding research for these two ancient healing arts. Until adequate research is done, majority of doctors will not have the knowledge needed to inform their patients of the possible benefits and use of Tai Chi and Qigong as a viable treatment for their conditions.

Nonetheless, it is possible to request your doctor to do some research on Tai chi and qi gong for you. But, in the meantime, we can discuss current prescriptions for treatment of diabetes therapy, which we can then compare them to the benefits that Tai Chi provides to determine if tai chi is indeed a good therapeutic option for diabetes. We need to emphasize that it is not an option to self-treat. We highly recommend that you talk to your doctor and medical research institutions to appeal on your behalf for more research on tai chi and other effective natural health therapies in order that you could have the widest possible options for strengthening, restoring, or maintaining your health.

The Post Graduate Medicine Online website posted an article written by several doctors which state that “Exercise, diet, and the quest for the ideal body weight are the most important elements of any plan of treatment for type 2 diabetes. . .” Besides providing cardiovascular benefits that’s almost the same as moderate impact aerobics, Tai Chi exercise surprisingly (given its low impact nature) can help a person burn a considerable amount of calories. The amount of calories it can be burn can be as almost as much as downhill skiing and even much more than surfing. For people with diabetes, these cardiovascular benefits and amazing calorie burning capacity provided by gentle Tai chi exercises can be extremely important in the management or even cure of their disease.

Information regarding diabetes provided by the health website Top5plus5.com disclosed that the kind of exercise practiced by a patient is vital to their health and well being. According to the website, “People suffering from active diabetic retinopathy should not perform exercises involving any heavy lifting or straining since these activities can elicit eye damage. They need to also realize that nerve injury brought about by high levels of blood sugar can result in sensation loss of the feet that, later on, may lead to ulceration and blistering. People suffering from progressive heart damage brought about by high blood sugar need to be aware of their risk of sudden heart failure and death.” With regards to the health of the heart, Tai Chi may provide some benefits that are so vital for people with diabetes. The BBC news reported on October 9, 2004, that Tai Chi may remedy heart failure. The BBC also said that the British Heart Foundation thought that this was “excellent news,” and in the future, Tai Chi could be into integrated in the treatment programmes in the UK.

We need to stress once again that you should never treat yourself. Also, we recommend that you need to always consider all possible treatments in consultation with your doctor. This article is meant to foster a dialogue between your doctor and you, and optimistically between your doctor and health organizations. Hopefully, this will result in a more commonsensical distribution of funding of medical research towards natural health therapies such as Tai Chi and Qigong.

We hope that in the not so distant future, doctors, will discover for themselves what Tai Chi and Qigong can offer a person in terms of health. Hopefully, we may see the inclusion of Tai Chi and natural health therapies courses in medical colleges and universities. There is really no reason why there should be a war between conventional therapies and alternative therapies. In the future, conventional therapies could expand to include modes of treatment that works best for the patient. A great number of people in the medical profession do advocate for such a vision.

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22. June 2017 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine Treatments for Diabetes · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes (diabetes mellitus) and Type 2 diabetes (adult onset). In type 1 diabetes, the body is unable to manufacture insulin. People suffering from this condition are insulin dependent. This type of diabetes is found in children and young adults.

Over 15 million Americans are believed to suffer from type-2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes. In this condition, the body uses insulin inefficiently causing it to accumulate in the blood. This insulin buildup can cause complications such as osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, depression, eye problems, fatigue, kidney disease, amputation, periodontal disease, and nervous system disease.

Diabetes is oftentimes a chronic condition, and sufferers are usually able to properly control their condition and with healthy lifestyle changes and the proper medical treatment, they can live healthy, long lives. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can play a major role in an integrated plan of treatment to lessen the need for diabetes drugs as well as to control diabetes and its symptoms.

For more than 2,500 years, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture have been used to treat diabetes. Diabetes is referred to, in Chinese medicine, as a “thirsting and wasting disease.” Its underlying cause is Yin and Qi imbalance causing excess heat in the body that dries up the fluids of the body resulting in heat-like symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, itchy skin, swollen gums, and irritability.

Tiny needles are inserted into specific points on the body during an acupuncture treatment, to help nourish fluids (Yin) and normalize the flow of vital energy (Qi). Vancouver’s acupuncture diabetes treatment concentrates on the normalization of Qi and blood circulation as well as the dispelling of internal heat, preservation of fluids, and improvement of pancreatic function.

An essential part in the treatment of diabetes, Chinese herbal medicine uses various types of herbal formulas that are oftentimes combined with acupuncture for the treatment of diabetes and its symptoms. Since there may be formulas that may not appropriate for use for every person, it is imperative that a patient confer with a medical physician and a licensed and experienced acupuncturist or Chinese herbalist prior to getting herbal treatment.

1. Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia (Liu Wei Di Huang Tang) – This formula relieves symptoms that come with diabetes. They include light headedness, vertigo, weak low back, tinnitus, heat in the five palms (chest, hands, and/or feet), night sweats, and poor hearing.
2. Decoction of White Tiger Plus Ginseng (Bai Hu Jian Ren Sheng Tang) – Assists in the lowering of blood sugar levels by increasing the sugar quantity stored in the liver. This formula alleviates symptoms such as restlessness, fever, profuse sweating, great thirst, general weakness, and general discomfort.
3. Decoction of Minor Bupleurum (Hsiao Chai Hu Tang) -This decoction lowers the rate at which glucose enters the blood after meals. If a diabetic also manifests complication of hepatitis infection or has HIV, this formula can be especially useful.
4. Decoction of Major Bupleurum (Da Chai Hu Tang) – This decoction boosts the efficiency of insulin and lowers the rate of glucose levels in the bloodstream. For diabetics with chronic gastrointestinal conditions, this decoction can be especially useful.

Other natural diabetic treatments that include nutritional supplementation, exercise, and dietary changes can be extremely helpful in the management of type 1 & type 2 diabetes; they may even reverse pre-diabetes.

 A lot of diabetics may experience better control of their glucose by eating a small portion of protein at every meal.
 Juice therapy can be recommended for diabetes –Drink a glass of water added with a juice of one lime in it every day.
 Exercise regularly to reduce fat cells, lower glucose and insulin levels, and to better manage your glucose levels. Gentle exercise such as yoga or walking for 30 minutes each day can help.
 Follow a whole food, organic low-fat, diet that includes whole grains, fruit, vegetables, chicken, and fish that are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Fiber can help minimize blood sugar surges.
 Eat three meals a day at the appropriate hours. Eat in moderate portions.
 Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, simple sugars (except when you need to balance an insulin reaction), and saturated fats
 Avoid soda pop, fruit juice, candy, white flour, and refined carbohydrates. Xylitol, stevia and other natural sweeteners that are not known to negatively affect blood glucose levels can be used. They can be bought at health food stores.