Alternative medicine treatment in diabetes has been the subject of much investigation and discussion in recent years. Organizations such as the American Diabetes Association have recently begun publishing findings that suggest that alternative medicine has a beneficial role to play in the management of diabetes.
Many people suffering with this disease and the conditions associated with it have experienced improvement when alternative therapies are used. If you have diabetes, always seek medical advice and keep your doctor informed before beginning any alternative medicine treatment options.
Use of Natural Supplements
A healthy diet consisting of low glycemic foods high in fiber is the cornerstone of diabetes treatment and management. Proper dietary management may be augmented by the use of vitamins, minerals, natural substances and some herbal supplements. Ask a doctor before beginning a supplementation program as blood sugar levels could be affected. There is also the risk of interaction with your current medications.
- American Ginseng. A recent study of American ginseng in the treatment of diabetes was recently concluded. Reports indicate that ginseng produces lower blood sugar readings. It also seems to reduce Hemoglobin A1C readings, which are indicative of long term blood sugar management.
- Minerals and Vitamins. Currently, a large list of minerals are under investigation to determine their ability to help manage diabetes. The list includes magnesium, chromium, and Vitamin E.
- Natural Substances. Some natural substances that may be helpful are aloe vera, nopal, and Coccinia indica. Studies are still being conducted into the effectiveness of these supplements, but there are people who have experienced some benefits from their use.
One of the concerns with natural supplements and herbal remedies is that one brand may have a different amount of the substance than another. This lack of standardization can result in unstable blood sugar levels.
Acupuncture has been widely used for centuries in the management of pain.The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has listed acupuncture as one of the alternative therapies that could be effective in the management of the chronic pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. It has also been reported to result in lower blood sugar readings.
The use of biofeedback has shown promise in the management of pain and anxiety. The therapy consists of relaxation and guided imagery. As stress is relieved, blood sugar readings may decrease.
Massage therapy can produce multiple benefits in the treatment of diabetes. Treatment of insulin injection sites to promote better absorption, relief of stress and reduction in pain.
Many people struggling to manage diabetes have found the addition of regular yoga practice beneficial in lowering blood sugar readings, promoting relaxation and reducing pain levels. One of the attractions of yoga is the ability to modify poses to accommodate any special physical needs.
Words of Caution
Any change or addition to your diabetes management regimen should be thoroughly and carefully considered in partnership with your physician. Monitor blood sugar levels closely and follow your nutritional therapy as recommended. Follow medical advice closely to avoid complications and injury.