Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Diabetes (Diabetes mellitus) is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Diabetes, because of its frequency, is probably the single most important metabolic disease and is widely recognized as one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.

The clinical signs of diabetes in the order in which they usually appear are: frequent, copious urination; excessive thirst; rapid weight loss; excessive hunger; drowsiness; fatigue; itching of the genitals and skin; visual disturbances; skin infections; slow healing; and paresthesia in the hands or feet.

Western medications are used for people with high blood glucose to lower the blood glucose levels. Doctors are directing their treatment towards the symptoms of diabetes instead of the source of those symptoms. Since the treatment is not addressing the root of the problem you would need a greater dosage later on when the current one can no longer keep the blood glucose at a normal state. Once the medication is unable to control the rising of blood glucose an insulin injection would then be required. The side effects of those medications will be extremely toxic for your body, especially your liver and kidneys. If kidney failure develops you will then be required to go on dialysis treatment. The toxins in the liver will eventually cause blindness. 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to treat diabetes for over 2000 years.  A patient with "Xiao Ke" or “wasting and thirsting disease” (the Traditional Chinese medical term for diabetes) is discussed in detail in the Nei Jing, a classic Chinese medical book written about 2,500 years ago. The patient is described as having symptoms of excessive hunger and thirst, frequent urination and rapid weight loss; all symptoms of diabetes.

Treatment of diabetes with acupuncture and Chinese herbs has been effective in reducing blood sugar levels, especially in individuals with type 2, non-insulin dependent diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. The Chinese medical approach to diabetes identifies its initial onset as due to a deficiency in yin. The yin deficiency causes an imbalance in yin and yang, resulting in a yang deficiency. In advanced diabetes, these yin and yang deficiencies result in impairment of Qi. An unhealthy diet of excessive amounts of fatty and sweet foods exacerbates the condition. Acupuncture points and Chinese herbal formula are chosen based on the diabetic medical history, and specific stage of diabetes advancement. Traditional Chinese medicine offers a way to address each patient individually to eliminate the symptoms associated with diabetes and reduce the need for insulin. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can assist the body to regain its normal healthy functioning.
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784