The disease has been known since ancient times and it has been a subject of considerable laboratory and clinical research in the Orient.
So, the methods of Chinese medicine will no doubt play an important role in the coming years in the population of East Asia.
This part of the two-part series focuses on treatments to lower blood sugar; part II focuses on treatment of secondary manifestations of diabetes. This extra time gives an opportunity for exploring with the patient the key roles of exercise and dietary control in limiting the impact of diabetes and preventing its development with aging for those who do not currently have the disease.
While acupuncture and herbs are an important option for these patients, it is clear from the evidence that exists that as much or more can be accomplished through changes in behavior.
The other formula is Ginseng and Gypsum Combination (Baihu Jia Renshen Tang); it was indicated originally for severe thirst and fatigue and is considered ideal for diabetes of recent onset. D., the distinguished physician Wang Tao mentioned that diabetes was indicated by sweet urine and he recommended the consumption of pork pancreas as a treatment, implying that the pancreas was the organ involved in the disease (3). D.) propounded the theory that diseases are usually caused by heat in the body, which should be countered by herbs that had a cold nature (4).
It is said that it typically occurs among wealthy people: "you ask them to refrain from a rich diet, advice which they may resist." The description fits that of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
Two of the traditional herbal formulas most frequently used in modern China and Japan for the treatment of diabetes were described in the book Jingui Yaolue (2), which is about miscellaneous diseases, written around 220 A. The text described symptoms characteristic of uncontrolled diabetes, including thirst, frequent urination, and loss of body weight.
CDC data on prevalence of diabetes across the United States in 1994 (left) and in 2000 (right). In the year 2000, no states had less than 4% of the population with diabetes, and only 10 states had under 5%.
Despite the major medical advances in rapid and easy monitoring of blood sugar and treatment with drugs, diabetes remains a serious problem.
Another of his formulas, Siler and Platycodon Formula (Fangfeng Tongsheng San), is recommended by many Japanese doctors for treatment of obesity and accompanying type 2 diabetic syndrome (5).