Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Diabetes Type II

What Is Diabetes Type II?


Diabetes Type II - Basics

Diabetes is a condition characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood due to a limited production of or ineffective performance of insulin in the body. After a person eats, glucose (sugar) from the food enters the bloodstream. Insulin, a chemical produced by the pancreas, then absorbs glucose from the blood and deposits it into various cells to use for energy. If the body's insulin levels are too low or the insulin does not function properly, glucose collects in the blood, causing diabetes.

Type II diabetes can develop in persons of any age and is characterized by a condition called insulin resistance. This occurs when liver, muscle and fat cells (which usually store and use glucose for when the body needs it) stop being able to properly use insulin. Physical inactivity and being overweight are risk factors for Type II diabetes. Signs that an individual may have diabetes include frequent urination, abnormal thirst, slow healing of wounds, unexplained weight loss, dry or itchy skin, abnormal hunger or fatigue, and numbness in the feet.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Diabetes Type II.

What Patterns Are Related To Diabetes Type II?


Diabetes Type II - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of diabetes type ii generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of diabetes type ii:

Blood StagnationHeart Qi DeficiencyHeart Yin DeficiencyKidney Qi DeficiencyKidney Yang DeficiencyKidney Yin DeficiencyLung Qi DeficiencyLung Yin DeficiencyStomach FireStomach Qi DeficiencyStomach Yin Deficiency

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Which Acupuncture Point Protocols May Be Applied For Diabetes Type II?


Diabetes Type II - Acupuncture Protocols

The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.

The following acupuncture treatment protocols may be used with diabetes type ii:

Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Diabetes Type II?


Diabetes Type II - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for diabetes type ii that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with diabetes type ii:

2 Points Are Empirically Important For Diabetes Type II

3 TCM Herbs Are Potentially Used With Diabetes Type II

Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Diabetes Type II

The Following (9)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Diabetes Type II

Bai Hu Wan (White Tiger Decoction)

Clinical Usages

  • In 6 channel theory, Yang ming channel heat or the "4 bigs" - big thirst, big sweat, big thirst, big pulse - accordingly, fever, thirst, profuse sweating, aversion to heat.
  • Many symptoms may fit the larger pattern, may arise with advanced diabetes, certain immune issues such as the flu, common cold, bronchial asthma, and a range of digestive issues such as gastritis.

    Clinical Categorization


      • Diagnosis must be precise - avoid in stomach and spleen deficiency cases, those with true cold and false heat, and in pure exterior conditions.

        Da Bu Yin Wan (Great Tonify the Yin Pill)

        Clinical Usages

        • Steaming bone syndrome - sensation of intense heat, malar flushing, spontaneous sweating.
        • Palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes, from kidney/heart yin deficiency.
        • Tinnitus, possible vertigo, irritability, restlessness from liver fire rising.

          Clinical Categorization


            Do not use if patient presents with flu or cold symptoms.

              Jiang Tang Wan (Lower Blood Sugar Pill)

              Clinical Usages

              • Nourish the yin and tonify qi with particular emphasis on diabetes (primarily type II, but in some cases type I would benefit as well) when the underlying tcm diagnosis fits.  Symptoms may include strong thirst, strong appetite, fatigue, weakness, low back pain, frequent urination, and glucose in the urine.

                Clinical Categorization

                Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet)

                Clinical Usages

                • Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible incontinence resulting from kidney yang deficiency.
                • Sensation of cold, especially in the lower half.

                  Clinical Categorization


                  • Avoid during pregnancy.
                  • Avoid during a cold or flu, use nothing, or yin qiao / gan mao ling instead.
                  • Avoid with patients that present with yin deficiency.

                    Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia)

                    Clinical Usages

                    • Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency.
                    • Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritability.
                    • Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions. 
                    • Menopause related symptoms including cardiovascular issues, bone health, etc. when arising from yin deficiency.

                      Clinical Categorization


                        • Use with caution in patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

                          Sang Piao Xiao Wan (Mantis Egg Case Powder)

                          Clinical Usages

                          • Frequent urination, possibly incontinent from weakness in the heart and kidney systems.  Pang Guang Shi Yue (bladder losing restraint).
                          • Other kidney deficiency signs possible such as spermatorrhea, forgetfulness, fatigue, constipation...
                          • Bedwetting in children when it is from deficiency - and often associated with "kidney" issues such as fear.

                            Clinical Categorization


                              • Only use in with cases of deficiency, damp-heat or excess fire should be treated via other formulas.

                                Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan (Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction)

                                Clinical Usages

                                • Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the stomach and the lungs - a range of digestive issues (gastritis, epigastric pain), possibly with dry throat, thirst and/or cough.
                                • Diabetes - particularly with signs of dryness.
                                • A range of lung related issues - lung cancer, pneumonia, cough/wheezing.

                                  Clinical Categorization

                                  Wu Mei Wan (Mume Fruit Pill)

                                  Clinical Usages

                                  • Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet.  
                                  • Chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold.
                                  • May be used with diabetes, particularly in cases with corresponding digestive issues.

                                    Clinical Categorization

                                    Yu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pills)

                                    Clinical Usages

                                    • Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin deficiencies of the kidney and spleen most commonly seen in the advanced forms of diabetes type II - excessive thirst, excessive urination, strong hunger symptoms, weight loss.
                                    • Cloudy urine especially with detectable sweet scent.

                                      Clinical Categorization

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