Chinese Medicine can help treat symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetics with acupuncture and herbal formulas. Type 2 is obviously more of a challenge. Acupuncture treatments can improve circulatory problems and slow down the process of neuropathy. The inflammation, pain, and swelling associated with neuropathy are also reduced with acupuncture. Herbal formulas help to stabilize blood sugar levels in Type II diabetics by restoring balance to the endocrine system.
I’ve found that acupuncture is very effective in reversing neuropathy commonly found in long-term diabetics and diabetics find that they may need less insulin. Once a person has started a series of treatments with acupuncture and herbs my patients fluctuations in the blood sugar levels tend to stabilize.
It is important to say that there is no single “diabetes herb” or one “diabetes pill”. One should really consult with an experienced herbalist to get the best group of herbs for you. What is good for your friend or relative might not be best for you.
These articles go into depth on the subject.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662109/ and a quote from it: It is evident that many TCM/TIM herbs possess anti-DM activities by interacting with various proven drug targets where Western drugs interact. Because of their empirically known oral efficacy and safety profiles, nutritional supplement status, multiple components for multiple drug targets, low cost, and easy access, TCM/TIM herbs such as ginseng, mulberry, and Radix coptidis are excellent candidates for long-term use for the prevention and treatment of T2DM. During the development stage, product standardization, quality control and assurance, placebo-controlled and randomized clinical trials are essential components that need to be perfected in order to translate their potential into a reality that millions of people could benefit upon.