Research conducted at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine found that acupuncture combined with moxibustion is effective for the relief of a broad variety of diabetes-related conditions.
Both groups of women were treated using a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion (a commonly used herb known as “mugwort” which is burned and is placed near specific regions of the body to stimulate blood flow and to warm the area) and had significant improvements:
- patients sustained lower glucose levels
- improved sensitivity to insulin
- restoration of islet β-cell functions (this is common in diabetics because cells compensate for insulin resistance
The second study that was conducted showed acupuncture effectively reduces and can eliminate diabetic gastroparesis, which is known as “delayed gastric emptying”, which pathologically slows movements from the stomach to the small intestine as a result of high glucose levels for diabetic patients. The high levels of glucose in the system lead to damage to the vagus nerve which is responsible for properly regulate the stomach muscles.
Acupuncture was successful in restoring digestive function in patients with gastroparesis and found that in a six-month follow-up, acupuncture was “significantly more effective [than compared to] two types of pharmaceutical medications for the treatment of diabetic gastroparesis”.
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