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Controlling Your Diabetes With The Power Of The Orient!

Jan 26, 2008
When it comes to uncovering the facts about diabetes, the layer of fiction that need to be sifted out can be very intimidating. Especially because with every fact that is declared, there are a number of fallacies which raise their ugly heads, partially on account of public ignorance, which is then convoluted by an equally large number of fake 'cures' that litter the marketplace. And once a diabetes first-timer has faced the bitter consequences of their misguided beliefs, he is also inclined to disregard other credible forms of treatment in spite of their reasonable and proven stance on diabetes management. One such victim of diabetes fallacies is Chinese medicine.

Evidence indicates that the Chinese may have been one of the very first to recognize diabetes and construct a system of diabetes treatment. In fact, ancient Chinese medical literature documents the treatment of this disease with Chinese herbs well over 2,000 years ago. The Chinese diagnosis of diabetes, its causes and treatment can also be heralded as amongst the most effective given the fact that the incidence of diabetes in China is only about 0.67%, which when compared to the American occurrence of 2.2%, is a very remarkable figure indeed.

As in the modern ways of diabetes management, Chinese medicine also believes in treating diabetes, as per its stage of development, which is further diagnosed by the characteristics the disease manifests in its victim. The Chinese term for diabetes, namely deletion-thirst disease, is an apt representation of their accurate diagnosis of the excessively high amounts of urine a diabetic body produces as a result of the soaring glucose levels in the blood. Chinese medicine also holds the repute of being the only one of its kind to diagnose and treat the disease at the pre-diabetic phase, which modern medicine considers a relatively recent medical breakthrough.

Chinese medicine characterizes pre-diabetes by a deficiency of yin in the body, triggering the release of a tremendous amount of heat within the body. Treatment at this stage includes herbs like glehnia, adenophora and asparagus root which serve a dual purpose of nourishing the yin and augmenting the fluid levels in the body, while also healing the lungs, heart and stomach. These herbs also prevent the heat in the body from developing into 'Dry Heat' which bears with it a host of more severe implications.

The second stage is when the deficiency of yin causes dry heat to develop which damages the qi and the yin, thus bringing about both yin and yang deficiencies. This stage is treated with herbs which restore the qi like ginseng, astragalus, and atractylodes. These herbs focus on symptoms like fatigue, digestive imbalances, which also include excessive appetite, which conventional practices term as arising from hypoglycemia. This stage is known to swiftly progress into the third and most crucial phases, where the symptoms are more aggravated and the yin, yang and qi deficiencies even more severe. The herbs which are administered at this stage function as kidney and liver tonics and include cinnamon, aconite and cornus. This level of treatment also focuses on increasing the blood circulation, which is yet another common and severe problem, faced by victims of this disease.

Dietary practices are a significant factor in determining how effective the diabetes treatment is or even if the individual develops this disease at all. The Chinese diet, when reviewed has been found to be one of the most conductive to diabetes treatment and prevention with its minimal use of diary products and thus saturated fats as well as the absence of processed foods. The Chinese are also known to use foodstuffs like the Chinese yam, bitter melon and accompany their meals with ginseng tea, which are also known to boast of significant glucose controlling properties.

In view of the severe drawbacks the side effects of allopathic medications bring about, researchers have begun to study Chinese medicines with a newfound interest, lauding its scientific, structured approach and highly impressive results. A large number of therapies have already been approved for widespread use, while several others are still under study. Diabetic treatments are many and varied in their approach, each boasting of their own repertoire of advantages, while also their unique limitations. The moot point here is that help is always ready at hand provided you take the initiative and the first step. So if you are letting your one, tiny mental block stop you from exploring alternative avenues, rid yourself of that one roadblock right away you'll be delighted at the array of opportunities that accompany your disease-free way of life!
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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