Typically, in the U.S., persons only undertake a course of therapy with acupuncture once or twice per week at most. The impact of this intermittent treatment will not be consistent with the Chinese study participants that received daily acupuncture. However, according to Chinese Phyusician - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China, using a combination of herbs with the reduced acupuncture sessions may still prove to be a beneficial alternative to daily acupuncture treatment.
In Malaysia, we use integrated Medicine - Externally Acupuncture and orally homeopathic medication, especially Syzgium Jamblinum, Ars Alb, Arg Nit, are very helpful to reduce blood sugar.While many acupuncturists in the U.S. have not been called upon to treat patients with diabetes acupuncture can be used for many disorders and afflictions common to diabetes. For example, the acupuncture point zusanli (called Stomach-36; located on the lower leg) is one of the most commonly used points for chronic diseases and is used especially when the disease is obviously affected by dietary factors. Acupuncture studies have also shown to report positive affects in the complimentary manage of diabetes when used for treatment in neuropathy, eye problems, and vascular concerns.
The needling techniques reported for acupuncture diabetes treatments are virtually the same as used world-wide, without requiring special additional training.
It is important to remember that acupuncture is not, nor claims to be a cure for, any chronic illness; diabetes included. But it is widely reported by those who receive acupuncture that it helps them manage pain, stress, and facilitate tighter blood glucose control.
Many insurance companies will now cover some of the cost for acupuncture so be sure to check your policy.