Published On: Wed, Nov 7th, 2018

Managing diabetes and diabetic complications with Acupuncture Therapy

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Acupuncture is known to have effects on the hypothalamic pituitary adrenocortical axis. Physiological effects such as
– Increase in the thickness of the adrenal cortex
– Increase in the circulating blood levels of ACTHand
– Increase in the urinary excretion of 17-ketosteroids
Occur after acupuncture needling.
Indeed, the discovery of endorphins and enkephalinshave added a whole new dimension to the acupuncturephenomenon. Consequently, these links make it understandable how acupuncture therapy is quite effective for managing endocrine disorders in general and diabetes in particular.
The basic principle is to use the main tonificationpoints especially where there is under-activity of gland function.
Then the specific endocrine point which is general in all endocrine imbalances as well as the main homeostatic point of the body.
Diabetes can be defined as any disorder of metabolism causing excessive thirst and the production of large volumes of urine. Used alone, the term most commonly refers to DIABETES MELLITUS.
There is also DIABETES INSIPIDUS – which is a rare metabolic disorder in which the patient produces large quantities of dilute urine and is constantly thirsty. It is due to deficiency of the pituitary hormone (VASOPRESSIN – Antidiuretic Hormone) which regulates reabsorption of water in the kidneys, it is treated by administration of the hormone.
Diabetes Mellitus
This is a chronic condition that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin OR when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
There are two basic types;
1. Type 1 Diabetes
It is a severe, chronic form of diabetes caused by insufficient production of insulin and resulting in abnormal metabolism of CHO’s, fats and proteins. This disease which typically appears in childhood or adolescence is characterized by;
– Increased sugar levels in the blood and urine
– Excessive thirst
– Frequent urination
– Acidosis and
– Wasting. Also called IDDM (the patient producesVery little or no insulin).
2. Type 2 Diabetes
This is a mild form of diabetes that typically appears first in adulthood and exacerbated by obesity and inactive lifestyle.
The disease often has no symptoms, it is usually diagnosed by tests that indicate glucose intolerance. It can easily be treated with changes in diet and an exercise regimen also called NON-INSULIN-DEPENDENT DIABETES. The patientcannot use insulin effectively.
3. Gestational Diabetes
Type of diabetes – Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) develops during some cases of pregnancy, but usually disappears after pregnancy.
Hyperglycemia means far too much sugar (glucose) circulating in the blood. It occurs due to a malfunction when the digestive system breaks down carbohydrates to glucose. This simple sugar is transported to each cell via the blood stream.
The pancreas secrets insulin (a hormone). Insulin allows the glucose to migrate from the blood into the cells. Once inside a cell, the glucose is ‘burned’ or chemically combined with oxygen to produce energy.
Generally, in healthy human beings, blood glucose is tightly regulated by insulin according to the person’s eating habits and activity levels.
Normal Blood Sugar Reading
If a measurement of blood glucose is taken at any timethen a reading of over 11.0mmol/L is usually considered a diagnosis of hyperglycemia (therefore diabetes). If the measurement is taken after a fasting period, for example, before breakfast, then a reading of 7.0mmol/L would be indicative of hyperglycemia.
Complications In Diabetes
Diabetes has long-term effects, and when it is leftuncontrolled, it has disastrous consequences.
1. The Nerve (Diabetic Neuropathy): These are a family of nerve disorders that are caused by diabetes and overtime, people with diabetes will have nerve damage throughout the body that lead to;
– Numbness or
– Pain and weakness in hands, legs, arms, feet.
– Problem in the digestive tract
– The heart
– The sexual organs
Most common is peripheral neuropathy
2. The Eyes (Diabetic Retinopathy): Diabetes Damages the tiny blood vessels next to the retina. It can affect vision. Retinopathy is also caused by very high blood pressure
3. The Kidneys (Renal Damage):
– Diabetes has been found to be the most commoncause of kidney failure.
– High Blood Sugar and High Blood Pressure damagethe tiny blood vessels that serve as the kidney’s filters.
The kidney starts to leak proteins while retaining waste products in the blood. Renal failure occurs when the buildup of wastes begin to sicken the body. 1st Micro albuminuria occurs – leaking protein albumin in urine. A longtime effect.
4. The Heart (Diabetic Heart Disease): The WHO has predicted an increase in the worldwide prevalence of diabetes of epidemic proportion with many/deadly complications being cardiovascular e.g stroke and/or Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) this causes narrowing of sections of one or more arteries.
5. Skin (Diabetic Dermopathy)
– Fungal infections
– Itching
– Bacterial infections
– Necrobiosis
– Diabetic blisters
– Eruptive xanthomatosis
6. The Feet
– Many foot problems occur when nerve damage takes place
– Loss of feeling, initially in the sole of the feet
– Poor circulation or changes in the shape of the feet or toes
– Very dry feet and skin which may peel and crack.This is because the nerves that control the oil and moisture of the foot have ceased to work.

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