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HEALING ARTS Diabetes Dangers & Solutions By Li Hua, L. Ac. TCMD.

2014 is wood horse year. It is one of the lucky years in every endeavor. Horse spirit helps in developing, mak- ing progress, and succeeding. If you want success in 2014, good health is the most important thing. In wood horse year 2014, the liver, lungs and heart should be cared more because theses organs are more disposed to weakness in this year. The common problems in this year are: headache, stroke, arm and leg muscle/joints pains, stomach, gallbladder, and intestinal diseases, tooth/gum problems, sexual disease, ear/nose/throat sickness, eye disorders, respiratory system illness, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Diabetes is an increasingly common health problem in recent years. It affects the entire body from head to toe and every organ from muscles to blood vessel to the nerves. Prevention and care of diabetes are very impor- tant in this wood horse year.

There are two basic kinds of diabetes: diabetes mel- litus and diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how the body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar, which is an important source of energy for the cells that make up the muscles and tissues. It’s also the brain’s main source of fuel. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetic conditions include pre-diabetes (when the blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes), and gestational diabe- tes, which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered. Diabetes insipidus is a rare metabolic problem caused either by a deficiency of the pituitary hormone vasopressin or by the inability of the kidneys to respond properly to this hormone. The main symptom of diabetes insipidus include extreme thirst (regardless of how much liquid is consumed), and overly frequent urination.

Diabetes symptoms are varied according to how much the blood sugar is elevated. Some people, especially those with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, may not experience symptoms initially. In type 1 diabetes, symp- toms tend to come on quickly and be more severe. Some of the signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are: increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss, presence of ketones in the urine due to inadequate insulin. Fatigue, mood swings, stress- ful, blurred vision, slow-healing sores, high blood pres- sure, frequent infections, such as gums or skin infections and vaginal or bladder infections are common. Type 1 diabetes typically appears during childhood or adoles- cence. Type 2 diabetes, the more common type, can develop at any age and is often preventable.

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on establishing a balance in the body in order to treat disease. It’s a more holistic approach, using medicine to change the overall body function instead of very specifi- cally targeting symptoms and organs the way that Western medicine does. Researchers believe certain Chinese herbs may be almost as effective as Western drugs used to treat diabetes. The study was conducted in China.

In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbs, holistic Chinese medicine offers a whole range of tools that can be integrated into daily routines to keep health in check. The pains, due to too much sugar or not enough nutrition in the muscle/joints, do not allow for living life in the fullest. Acupuncture can help the discomfort and the symptoms of diabetes without any side effects. In recent years, more and more people are looking for more natural approaches to help diabetes. In addition to reducing the symptoms of diabetes, and healing sores faster, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to the affected areas.

Weight management is the most common requirement for any kinds of diabetes. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help keeping a balanced weight and maintain it by promoting better digestion, soothing emotions, reducing appetite, improving metabolism, and eliminat- ing food cravings - all of which can help energize the body, maximize absorption of nutrients, regulate elimi- nation, control overeating, and reduce anxiety.

Life style is as important as treatment. Eating a vari- ety of foods is fundamental. Studies show that eating relatively high amounts of vegetables help decrease the sugar level in the blood. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, squash, dandelion greens, cabbage and leafy green vegetables are essential to this diet. Other foods includ- ing: green apples, huckleberries, blueberries, onions, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, lime, and kale are also ben- eficial. Adequate sleep (7- 9 hours a night) is necessary for the brain and organs to recharge. Regular physical activity has been shown to decrease the sugar levels in the blood. Slow walking is the best and safest exercise for preventing and treating diabetes and pre-diabetes. Exercise is at least 30 minutes everyday. The start of the new year is a good time to begin taking good care of your health. Maintaining a calm and clear mind helps to strengthen and to complete the good health goals in the wood horse year 2014.

Contact Li Hua L.Ac. TCMD at Atlanta Acupuncture Center or 404-250-9903 or e-mail lihua@ or surf her web site at


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