Originally published December 10 2013
Medicinal Chinese herbs offer hope for type 2 diabetes sufferers
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) Type 2 diabetes is a disease that develops gradually from metabolic disorders that morph into prediabetes. Both diabetes type 1 and type 2 are similar in one respect: There is too much blood glucose (sugar), and it's not being metabolized by one's cells into energy.
Type 2 diabetes is much more prevalent in our current junk food culture than type 1. Around 10 percent of diabetics are type 1. Insulin is normally secreted from the pancreas to promote proper metabolism of glucose. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin.
With type 2, the body's cells have become insulin resistant, with insulin receptors malfunctioning even while the pancreas produces what should be a sufficient amount. Adding insulin for type 2 diabetes is usually ineffective.
Even mainstream medicine recommends life style changes for type 2 diabetics that include diet and exercise. A sedentary lifestyle with no exercise, and high consumption of high-calorie, low-nutrition processed carbs usually causes obesity, metabolic disorder syndrome or prediabetes.
Processed foods and beverages containing lots of refined sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), which is not completely converted into energy regardless of one's insulin production, are considered by most nutritional experts as the major contributors to prediabetes and eventually type 2 diabetes.
Merely walking briskly 20 minutes three or four times a week is sufficient. Avoiding the standard American diet (SAD) is absolutely required. Replace the fake foods with high-fiber whole foods to help resolve diabetes symptoms. But artificial sweeteners are not a solution for obesity, prediabetes or diabetes type 2.
Artificial sweeteners exacerbate diabetes symptoms, which may include fatigue, excess urination, chronic thirst, numbness or pain in the lower legs and feet, neuropathy, vision problems, yeast infections and chronic itching. However, diabetes 2 is determined by blood glucose levels, not symptoms.
Mineral supplements such as magnesium and chromium have demonstrated improved insulin reception (Source 1). For more on a Western natural supplement approach to alleviate diabetes 2 symptoms, go here (http://www.naturalnews.com).
Exploring the Chinese medicine approachBoth modalities of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), acupuncture and herbal remedies, can help a type 2 diabetic or prediabetic individual. Acupuncture will help resolve neuropathy symptoms, including numbness or pain in the feet and ankles.
But TCM herbs will go the extra mile to help reverse metabolic disorders and diminish insulin resistance. In addition to TCM's history of successful applications, many herbs have been through the "science-based" study mill with very good results.
Sanguis draxonis has demonstrated very significant improvements with major aspects of diabetes 2 by increasing oral glucose tolerance and decreasing insulin resistance as well as protecting the pancreas. Sanquis draxonis is available at TCM clinics or online. (2)
Cyclocarya paliurus (Batal.) Iljinsk (i.e., Wheel Wingnut), or the sweet tea tree, is native to China, where it's been used traditionally to make tea for medicinal purposes. Extracts from this plant have also demonstrated significant improvements with type 2 diabetes in controlled animal studies. (2)
Extracts or powders of either plant can be purchased online or at a TCM clinic, where both prongs of Chinese medicine can be experienced concurrently to relieve and reverse diabetes type 2, especially if accompanied with lifestyle changes.
A meta-study called "Treating Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with Traditional Chinese and Indian Medicinal Herbs" published by Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine lists herbal studies from both traditions with positive results that were conducted in vitro (lab glass), in vivo (live animal) and clinically. You can look them over in source (3).
Bottom line: You can alleviate and reverse diabetes type 2 with herbs, acupuncture, lifestyle changes and supplements instead of "managing" it with toxic pharmaceuticals that are costly and produce side effects.
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