Acupuncture For Diabetes Therapy – Is It Working?

Acupuncture therapy is commonly known in China and already used as Diabetes Mellitus Therapy. In 1994, Chen and his partner conduct acupuncture therapy research on 60 Diabetes Mellitus patients. A number of these patients have almost the same criteria, both in clinical symptoms and lab tests results (blood sugar tests and urine).

60 patients are divided in two randomized groups, respectively (38 patient) for the treatment group and the rest (22) was for the control group. Both groups have the same diet during the experiment. The treatment group was given acupuncture treatment at the point LI-11, Sp-6, St-36, Bl-20, N-10, CV-4, GV-20, for 30 days respectively.

The result, 25 of 38 patients that treated with acupuncture had a fasting blood glucose = 130mg/dl blood sugar levels while 2 hours after meals 20%.

Hou Al (1993) in his studies using Sp-6 point as a main point plus feishu points (BL-13), sanjiaoshu (BL-22), zuzsanli (ST-36), taixi (KI-3) plus shenshu (BL -23) in 30 patients with diabetes. Each treatment series are done every day for 12 days.

Treating Diabetes with Acupuncture a traditional Chinese medicine

So how can Chinese people using acupuncture to treat a diabetes patient? What is behind this theory?

Needle stabbing done at that point and the needle were allowed to stay for 30 minutes. He gets the best results in younger age patients compared with those obtained in older patients. The criteria that used on this study are the decline in blood sugar becomes normal or nearly normal. To obtain optimal results, Hou Al doing between 2-3 series with 2-3 days rest interval for each series of therapy.

In an experiment conducted by Liu Zhicheng and Sun Fengmin from one college of Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine (1994) come to the conclusion that: acupuncture therapy in younger patients have better results when compared with the cases of diabetes in old age patients. Other conclusions are the results will be better therapy in lighter diabetes cases than the heavier cases.

In depth review from few sources of Hui Hu articles (1995), researchers from University Hospital Traditional Chinese Medicine Dongzhimen in Beijing, which summarizes some common points that most used are:

• feishu (BL-13),
• pishu (BL-20),
• shenshu (BL-23),
• zusaanli (St-36),
• sanyinjiao (Sp-6),
• guanyuan (CV-4),
• taixi (KI-3),
• zhongwan (CV-12),
• geshu (BL-17),
• quchi (LI-11),
• hegu (LI-4),
• shenmen (HT-7),
• neiguan (PC-6),
• fuliu (KI-7).

Those acupuncture points has been used both in America and in other countries in this world.

Increasing the number of people with diabetes these days running very fast, and many of them do not realize the seriousness of diabetes mellitus. This is because some people do not feel the emergence of diabetes mellitus symptoms.

There is some common diabetes symptoms in which a person with diabetes problem should consult with their doctor. Especially for people aged more than 45 years, is very important to check their blood glucose levels every year regularly. The reason is why so many people do not know that they have diabetes because they underestimate diabetes symptoms or do not feel the diabetes symptoms.

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