Tcm clineek

Acupuncture, Herbs, Reiki

The Chinese language includes two terms for diabetes.

The traditional name, Xiao-ke, correlates closely with diabetes in most instances. Xiao-ke syndrome means “wasting and thirsting.”

The more modern term, Tang-niao-bing, means “sugar urine illness.” Reference to diabetes by the traditional term appears in the earliest texts, including the first medical text in Chinese history, Huang Di Nei Jing, or The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic.

Diabetes is classically divided into three types: upper, middle, and lower Xiao-ke. Each has characteristic symptoms.

The upper type is characterized by excessive thirst, the middle by excessive hunger, and the lower by excessive urination. These types are closely associated with the lungs, stomach, and kidneys, respectively, and all three are associated with Yin deficiency. At some point during the course of their illness, most people with diabetes manifest symptoms of all three types.

Yin deficiency generally manifests with symptoms like dry mouth, excess thirst or hunger, low back or knee pain, night sweating, dry skin, dry throat, sweating of hands, feet and chest, dreaming, poor memory, poor sleep, and so forth.

According to TCM, Xiao-ke is attributed to three main factors:

1- Improper diet (consuming large quantities of sweets, fatty or greasy foods, alcohol, and hot drinks such as hot coffee or tea)

2- Emotional disturbances (stress, anxiety, depression,)

3- Constitutional Yin deficiency (fatigue, weakness, lethargy, pale complexion)

To the Western ear, TCM diagnoses sound esoteric, even poetic. In the case of a person with diabetes presenting with symptoms of excessive thirst, the diagnosis can be described as kidney Yin deficiency along with lung Yin deficiency and “internal heat that consumes fluids, thus bringing on wasting and thirsting.”

How do Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treat Diabetes?

Using acupuncture points that stimulate the body to nourish yin and clear heat, and strengthen the internal organs that have been affected by Diabetes (i.e. Lungs, Stomach or Kidneys), along with consumption of herbal decoctions which can follow the same treatment principles as acupuncture, a TCM practitioner can restore balance and ease Diabetes' effect on the internal organs and prevent further damage to the body.