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Does acupuncture help neuropathy or diabetes?

Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
Yes! Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine can neuropathy AND diabetes. However, we do NOT simply focus on the neuropathy and diabetes. Your practitioner will want to treat the root cause. This can be a vitamin deficiency, a weak organ or nerve damage. I studied for 6 years and received my PhD in complications of Diabetes. This will take TIME. However, eastern medicine (and my own patients) have even been CURED! Eastern Medicine has treated billions of patients for thousands of years. Pharmacological drugs and steroids are not the only option. Side effects, dependency and not treating the ROOT cause and only the symptoms is not the way to cure these problems. Don't be surprised if your Doctor brings up your diet and will probably recommend some diet changes. Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist (not certified) that has graduated from at least a Masters Degree program. Every state is different and some require little to no exams or training.
Grace Rollins (Doylestown, PA) on Jan 6, 2013
Some of my best success rates among conditions are in treating diabetic neuropathy. Usually symptoms decrease notably after just one or two treatments. To treat type 2 diabetes requires multiple efforts to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugars. A combination of low-carb diet, proper exercise, acupuncture, and some herbs and supplements can be very effective. Diet is the most important.
Robert Abrahamson (Sedona, AZ) on Oct 31, 2012
Yes, Acupuncture (and Chinese Herbal Medicines) can help with diabetic neuropathy, by increasing micro-circulation, and lowering blood glucose.
Crystal Dmytryk (New York, NY) on Oct 24, 2012
Both! Neuropathy especially and Diabetes with a combination of exercise, dietary advisement and chinese herbs and acupuncture
Chris Miranda (Franklin Square, NY) on Oct 20, 2012
It helps both conditions. It can really help decrease the progression of these conditions. Help with the maintance of sensation in the lower limbs, as well as atrophy (muscle loss) due to lack of innervation to the muscle tissue.
Jin Kim (Winter Park, FL) on Oct 18, 2012
Yes! By treating the "ROOT" cause of your condition. Sage the Wellness Center does not make continuous improvement because of the resistance of disease: you will feel very good right after treatment, but you could feel that your symptoms get worse on the next day of your acupuncture treatment. Don't worry! It is just the right amount of time to improve your condition. This is the exact opposite way your health decreases because of your body’s natural healing power. “Root cause treatment” means not only treating symptoms but the origin that causes symptoms. It is a sign that you feel better and worse because your body repeats recovery and resistance by Sage the Wellness Center’s Treatments. The most caring period of your body is when you feel almost okay. It’s because it will get worse and takes longer to get better (again) if you stop treatments or overuse your body
Jin Kim (Winter Park, FL) on Oct 23, 2012
If I understand it correctly, you are asking me about the condition of Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes... is that correct? If so, my answer is No. However, in the field of Oriental Medicine, the true meaning of Healthy man is someone who does good sleep, good digestion, good bowel movement, good urination, and regular period & morning erection. If you are doing good on human beings basic 5 things I mentioned above, I can do something for your Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes. Even if you are not doing good on those Basic 5 things, Do not worry about it. Oriental Medicine can make your genenral things better so that Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes can be controlled. I must see you and give you one specified answers for your condition.. Acupuncture & Herbs go together in most of cases to help patients like medications & surgeries. Sage the Wellness Center does not make continuous improvement because of the resistance of disease: you will feel very good right after treatment, but you could feel that your symptoms get worse(not necessary) on the next day of your acupuncture treatment. Don't worry! It is just the right amount of time to improve your condition. This is the exact opposite way your health decreases because of your body's natural healing power.
Shelley Tsai (Plano, TX) on Oct 17, 2012
Yes, acupuncture able help neuropathy in diabetes case. I have help many cases before. It has good results. If there is pain and insomnia acupuncture work well. Acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy and massage, all is energy work. how good they are, it is not compare. All depends on practitioner energy and knowledge.
Portia Zheng (Sunnyvale, CA) on Oct 17, 2012
Yes, if combined with herbs.
Marco Di Bonaventura (King Of Prussia, PA) on Oct 17, 2012
Chinese Medicine along with Acupuncture generally does an excellent job on Neuropathy or Diabetes. It is best to have an initial evalution and consultation with your Wellness provider to better understand the complexity of your condition and the benefits they may offer.
Lisa Lapwing (Austin, TX) on Oct 16, 2012
Yes it does! Acupuncture can help increase circulation in arteries, veins as well as superficial capillaries, it can tighten muscle tone and regulate nerve impulses at the spinal level all the way out to the extremities thus, helping to relieve neuropathy whatever the cause. It can also help diabetes because it also works to regulate hormones by tapping in directly to your parasympathetic nervous system (the involuntary part of you brain) that controls heart rate, breathing, hormone regulation, digestion, sleep/wake cycles, etc.
Lejla Fazlicic (Lincolnwood, IL) on Oct 16, 2012
Hello, Since you are diabetic, neuropathy is most likly caused by high blood sugar levels. With good management of blood glucose and right vitamin suplements neuropathy will improve. Acupuncture will help and speed up recovery, support sleep and relaxation. If you have any other questions I will be honored to answer. Lejla Fazlicic L.Ac NADA Specialist
Sejin Lee (Fullerton, CA) on Oct 16, 2012
Yes, acupuncture does help neuropahty and diabetes.
Alex Shpigel (San Diego, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Acupuncture has been proven to help both neuropathy and diabetes. Although the terminology of Chinese Medicine is quit different than western medicine, since we are all for the most part very similar, they are both describing the same thing just from their own understanding. Chinese medicine says that diabetes is a form of wasting and thirsting. That is the reason one of the first signs if sudden weight loss. However, unlike western medicine that only supply's the body with a medication to make the pancreas work harder or external insulin. Chinese medicine works on the whole person helping drop blood sugar levels, re-sensitize the cells to insulin through acupuncture and herbs. All this is giving the patient time to change their lifestyle, which is the true healer. Neuropathy is a common symptom of diabetes due to the nerve damage of high glucose. Again, by helping drop glucose levels and change lifestyle, this allows the nerves time to heal and the neuropathy will slowly decrease. Acupuncture also has a direct effect on nerves and blood flow, thus helping the healing process.
Kerry Kott (Odessa, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes, acupuncture is effective for both neuropathy and diabetes. Acupuncture is effective in treating the underlying conditions associated with any symptoms.
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Well , neuropathy can be a complication of diabetes or can be due to other conditions. Since acupuncture promote circulation it sure helps neuropathy due to any reason. For diabetes we know that diabetes can be type I , they need to take daily dose of Insulin and Type II which is usually hereditary , but people who are over weight develop the disease way sooner than those who eat carefully and have balance diet. smoking also can cause to develop diabetes in earlier age. stressful jobs or life style are another reason that people show diabetes in their forties or even thirties. Acupuncture relaxes the body and stress hormones levels will go down and blood sugar will follow, acupuncture will help to lose weight so you can maintain a healthy blood sugar. acupuncture helps with pains and aches and neuropathy
Neil Koppel (Lake Success, NY) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes, acupuncture does help favorably with neuropathy. If the neuropathy is caused by a diabetic condition then acupuncture can still help, yet with the assistance of an nutritional lifestyle change program and exercise can really help get the condition under control.
Chang Oh (Stevenson Ranch, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
neuropathy can be due to diabetes. neuropathy from diabetic complication can be helped from acupuncture, moxibustion & herbal tea. moxibustion can be taught to the patients so they can do it on their own when they are alone at home. In this way, diabetes can be improve a lot. acupucnture can help, but need to sombine moxibustion & herbal tea together.
Daniel Haun (Oceanside, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes, acupuncture can be very helpful in helping to reducing the discomfort of diabetes peripheral neuropathy. In fact, it is of great interest to the research community here in the states, particularly with NIH (the National Institute of Health) and the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH), due the prevalence in the Native American community. Just bear in mind that it is going to take some commitment on your part as it will require a course of treatments.
Elizabeth Stephenson (Daytona Beach, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
While acupuncture isn't a miracle cure, it can be quite helpful in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. By restoring proper circulatory flow, acupuncture can be a useful tool in combating the numbness, tingling and burning sensations that many diabetics suffer. Dietary changes and Chinese herbal therapy can also help stabilize blood sugar levels. Ultimately, any successful treatment in diabetes will depend on your willingness to monitor your blood sugar levels and do what it takes to keep them low. A healthy diet and regular exercise are vitally important in the treatment of diabetes. When your blood sugar is consistently high, you risk damaging your nerves and blood vessels. Insulin resistance, an issue with continued high blood sugar, can lead to irreversible damage if left untreated. Long term damage is typically more complicated for the body to heal. If you are in the early stages of diabetes, you will typically see better results than a patient whose capillary beds and nerve endings have been chronically ravaged by diabetes. Acupuncture has been the subject of several scientific studies on Type 2 diabetes. When used in combination with diet, exercise and herbal formulas, acupuncture can help you win your fight against the damaging effects of high blood sugar.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Oct 15, 2012
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are fantastic for the treatment of Neuropathy and diabetes, neuropathy is commonly caused by diabetes so, yes we can treat both. Thanks Dr Maria Baraybar Lee
Rudek Perez (Orlando, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Acupuncture might help with the neuropathy. Diabetes, diet, diet, diet! Most MDs will just prescribe medication and since glucose level goes down most patient assume that they are now ok, they are not, if they stop taking medication blood sugar is going back up. Most pre-diabetes could be cured just with dietary changes and even some diabetes. Most cases the root of the problems is bad diet and this is what needs to be addressed. Even for the neuropathy, diet should be address to stop/slow down the progress. Don't look for a simple answer, but for the right one.
Kathleen Rosenblatt (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
I have had good results with acupuncture for neuropathy, but GREAT results combining it with PEMF Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stim. I've had two patients who rid themselves of neuropathy in a single treatment. And several who got better each time they came with accumulating improvements. This instrument regenerates cell tissue and stimulates fluids to move, especially inflammatory fluids. It is quite amazing. I also treat the whole system for the diabetes syndrome with massage and other modalities.
Dale Tope (Pflugerville, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can help increase circulation and "open the channels" in the hands and feet to decrease symptoms of neuropathy. We also have Chinese herbal formulas that can help with diabetic symptoms and help normalize blood glucose levels. We can also provide advice on diet and other lifestyle changes that can help patients manage their weight, if that's an issue.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Yes acupuncture can help with both neuropathy and diabetes.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture and nutritional supplements can alleviate pain in different parts of the body. It is a case by case situation.Some symptoms of diabetes can be managed through alternative medicine.
Nathan Conlee (Tucson, AZ) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can give temporary pain relief with both. Neuropathy is a broad term, if you are meaning Peripheral Neuropathy which is also found in Diabetics, this best treated with (LLLT) Low Level Laser Therapy and functional neuro-rehabilative exercise along with modalities. This is quite successful. Diabetes can be Type 1 or 2. Type 1 need insulin. Type 2 need aggressive dietary changes and possible medication.
Florian Boschi (Beverly Hills, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture helps peripheral neuropathies quite well. Since acupuncture is a "circulatory" medicine and neuropathies are circulatory issues, it is actually the treatment of choice. In regards to diabetes, acupuncture can help but it is not the most powerful approach. In my clinic we use nutrition, diet, and lifestyle changes as well as close monitoring through ongoing blood work to achieve dramatic results in bringing down blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, uric acid, HgA1c, etc. The results we are getting are fantastic and we achieve all of them through natural treatment modalities.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture does help with neuropathy. We see a lot of it that is induced from chemotherapy, but we also see some cases of diabetes-induced. It relieves pain and restores normal sensation. Acupuncture does not do much for diabetes, but herbal medicines and following a more Asian diet (cooked vegetable based, a little meat, natural foods, wide variety) can help regulate the blood sugars nicely. My book, "The Asian Diet: Simple secrets for eating right, losing weight, and being well" explains the diet principles simply. "Healing with Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford goes into much more detail and is a great reference.