Diabetes and TCM


Diabetes is a disease when the human body is unable to produce glucose and as the result of it the blood sugar rises too high. 

It is considered that there are two types of diabetes. The first one occurs when the organism stops producing insulin and the body is no longer able to use glucose. To survive the person has to take injections of insulin every day. The first type usually develops in children and young people.

The second type occurs when the human body is unable to use insulin properly.  The cause of it is either genetical or weight problems. The majority of people suffering from the second type of diabetes are over 40.

The symptoms


  • Weight loss
  • Numbness in the hands or feet
  • Hunger
  • Wounds, cuts and scratches that do not heal
  • Fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Irritability


In some cases people can leave for months and years without realizing that they have diabetes. It can happen with the 2nd type of the disease because the symptoms usually develop gradually and they simply cannot be noticed.

Diabetes nowadays is a very common disease as it can happen to anyone, as obesity, physical inactivity and high blood pressure are among the main rick factors.

In traditional Chinese Medicine diabetes is divided into three types: upper, middle and lower and each has its own characteristics.  The upper type characteristic feature is thirst, the middle’s – hunger and the lower’s – excessive urination. As the TCM understands the human body as the whole unique mechanism these types are strongly associated with lungs, kidneys and stomach.

Main factors of the disease


  • Improper diet
  • Alcohol, coffee, tea, sweet and fried food
  • Stress and depression
  • Fatigue

Diabetes Treatment


Those suffering from the disease are advised to take Chinese herbs as herbal therapy strengthens the immune system and at the same time strengthening Yin and Yang and enriching Qi energy. Such way of treatment proposed by the Traditional Chinese Medicine is claimed to be very effective because when the vital energy Qi enriches the whole body and all its organs are able to function in a proper way.

It is also very important to have a meal plan into which you may include an ancient practice - chinese food therapy and do more physical exercises as physical activity is crucial it can help the organism to use insulin. Everyone suffering from this disease should visit the specialist at least twice a year and also to have his or her yes examined regularly in order to be sure that if any other problems occur they will be noticed as early as possible.

The early detection of diabetes is extremely important and the sooner you start the treatment the better. Otherwise diabetes can lead to other very serious diseases such as arteriosclerosis, nephropathy, digestive disorders and even complications of pregnancy.