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  • Marlo Rapp

Acupuncture for Diabetes

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

Diabetes affects an estimated 30.3 million people in the United States, making it one of the most common chronic diseases. Due to the nature of the illness, there can be vascular complications related to prolonged and persistent hyperglycemia; these and other issues can ultimately lead to death.

Signs, symptoms, and effects of diabetes include:

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Extreme hunger

  • Frequent urination

  • Increased thirst

  • Slow-healing sores

  • Blurred vision

  • Nerve Damage

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Risk of stroke

  • High blood pressure

  • Frequent infections, including gyms, skin, and vaginal

There can also be damage to the kidneys and issues with the circulatory, endocrine, and digestive systems.

Diabetes can develop at any age, but type 1 most often manifests in childhood or adolescence whereas type 2 typically develops in people over 40.

Treatment of diabetes typically involves a combination of interventions, including nutrition, insulin therapy or medication, monitoring blood sugar, and lifestyle changes. Nutrition and exercise are an important foundation for health, especially with an illness like diabetes.

As research increasingly touts the many benefits of acupuncture, many people living with diabetes are turning to this natural treatment as well. Research is still ongoing, but has already shown the efficacy of acupuncture for reducing serum glucose levels and regulating endocrine function. Acupuncture, as well as electroacupuncture, or a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion may also help in the management of diabetes in other ways, including:

  • Pain management for peripheral neuropathy

  • Improving circulation

  • Managing depression and anxiety

  • Preserving nerve function

  • Increasing range of motion

  • Promoting weight loss / management

  • Improving insulin resistance

  • Balancing hormones

  • Improving glucose tolerance

  • Supporting the immune system

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Boosting positive feelings

If you’re struggling to manage your diabetes symptoms, or are simply looking to improve your health and well-being, acupuncture is a powerful tool. Besides diabetes, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are used in the treatment of many other health issues, such as pain management, respiratory issues, hormones, smoking cessation, gastrointestinal issues, cardiovascular disorders, infertility, neurological issues, and more.

Your journey with acupuncture will begin with an in-depth consultation. The acupuncture itself will involve the insertion of tiny, hair-like needles being places at specific points. Most people report little to no pain from acupuncture needles, and many actually find that they enter a deep state of relaxation or even fall asleep.

In addition to acupuncture, you may benefit from the use of herbs as well as nutritional changes. Be sure to keep both your endocrinologist and acupuncturist in the loop on any changes or plans.

If you are ready to explore acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hot Springs, Arkansas, schedule an appointment with Four Seasons Acupuncture!

Four Seasons Acupuncture in Hot Springs Arkansas

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, cupping, injection therapy, moxibustion, tuina, nutritional therapy, TCM, and more!

We are located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, just minutes from Red Oak, AR, Price, AR, Lake Hamilton, AR, Pleasant Hill, AR, and Malvern, AR.

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