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Taking Charge Of Your Diabetes With Some Chinese Help!

Jan 11, 2008
Diabetes is one of the few diseases, the fallacies about which far outnumber the facts. The reasons behind this are many. For one, diabetes is still a disease which has still not been completely explored and with every development, there pops up a bundle of half-truths which can be as counter-effective as they are misinformed. Also, many not-so-scrupulous entrepreneurs, who are looking to make a quick buck, hop on to the diabetes bandwagon with their self-proclaimed infallible cures, which further add to all the erroneous beliefs about diabetes. On a secondary level, these misconceptions also lead the layman to distrust several other alternative ways of treating diabetes, some of which may even be more beneficial than the one he is accustomed to. A noteworthy example of such highly misunderstood forms of diabetes treatment is traditional Chinese medicine.

The crux of the effectiveness of Chinese medication lies in the fact that it was one of the very first to isolate the symptoms of diabetes and develop a systematic pattern of treatment based on the degree to which the disease had advanced. The 2,000 year old Chinese medical literature documents all the observations made, as well as the treatments which were administered. These have piqued the curiosity of researchers in recent times, given the fact that the occurrence of Diabetes in the Chinese is only at about 0.67%... a welcome relief from the astronomical American percentage of 2.2%.

The Chinese practice of treating diabetes as per the stage of its development is uncannily similar to the more recent allopathic methods of medication. Chinese medicine refers to diabetes as depletion-thirst disease an allusion to the excessive thirst triggered by relentless urination, which is a hallmark of the imbalances inflicted by diabetes. Chinese medicine has also carved itself another niche with the fact that diagnosis and treatment begin right at the pre-diabetic phase, which is a more recent observation by modern medical science.

The pre-diabetic phase is diagnosed as the period in which the individual develops a deficit of yin, causing excessive heat in the body. If detected at this stage, the individual is administered herbs like glehnia, adenophora and asparagus root, which nourish the yin and the fluid content in the body, thus preventing the heat from developing into what is termed as 'dry heat' and target on healing the lungs, heart and stomach.

At the second stage, the body develops dry heat which damages the yin even further and now begins to weaken the qi, leading to a deficiency of both these elements. This balance is restored with herbs like ginseng, astragalus, and atractylodes, which also deal with fatigue and digestive imbalances like excessive appetite both of which are symptoms of hypoglycemia. This stage soon evolves into the third where qi, yin and yang balances are disrupted even further and are treated with cinnamon, aconite and cornus which soothe the kidney and liver, while increasing the circulation of blood in the victim's body.

Chinese dietary patterns play a crucial role in keeping the disease from growing into its more mature phases, while also safeguarding the vulnerable from developing this condition. Some of the more influential factors include the absence of saturates found in diary products, which the Chinese rarely consume and the inclusion of the Chinese yam, bitter melon and ginseng tea as a part of their daily nourishment. These three elements alone are powerful allies to diabetes control on account of their blood glucose reducing properties.

Modern medicine has begun to study the traditional Chinese treatments in minute detail, on account of the systematic and scientific process adopted in their manner of treating diabetes and also because of the statistically proved advantage this way of treatment has in diabetes management and treatment. Certain herbal therapies and treatments have also been officially approved as safe and effective, prompting extensive research to be conducted on the various nuances of this form of medication. When it comes to controlling your diabetes, options are many and close at hand. All you need to do is take a closer look at alternatives and be willing to try new practices with an open mind with your physician's approval. As the adage goes, there's no better time to start than 'right now'. So, why wait any longer? Take control of your diabetes today and bid adieu to all the myriad obstacles that stand between you and a long, fulfilling life!
About the Author
Julia Hanf is the author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win. Through a real life crisis Julia discovered how to live diabetes free. Meet Julia at Your Diabetes Cure at http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about how you can avert diabetes.
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