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.
Acupuncture can help reduce blood sugar levels, in people with diabetes. It has been shown to be especially effective in people with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes). Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Acupuncture has been shown to be more effective:
• In people who have had diabetes for only a few years,
• People with mild diabetes and
• Younger diabetic individuals.
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