Wondering about “acupuncture for diabetes near me”? The best acupuncturists in Irvine can help you manage your diabetes with our safe and effective acupuncture.
Diabetes is not something to be taken lightly. It was found by The Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation that there are an estimated 34.2 million people who have diabetes and an estimated 26.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, approximately 7.3 million people have diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed. That is only in the US alone.
How to treat diabetes?
Though there is no cure for diabetes, there are a lot of ways to help deal with diabetes. It might even take the help of multiple health professionals to help you go through it. Doctors will prescribe you insulin and other medication to help keep your sugar levels down. They will also recommend you to follow a healthy lifestyle like maintaining a good diet and to exercise more frequently. In addition to that, some doctors will recommend acupuncture for diabetes. Our certified acupuncturist can help you manage your diabetes.
What is acupuncture for diabetes?
Acupuncture is a part of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and has been practiced for thousands of years. It is believed that a person’s health is influenced by the body’s life energy called chi or qi and an imbalance is the cause of diseases. By applying acupuncture needles in the body’s acupuncture points, also known as acupoint, it could balance the body’s flow of energy. As a result, acupuncture promotes your health and relieves pain.
Can acupuncture help with diabetes?
Yes, acupuncture for diabetes does help. Although acupuncture for diabetes can not cure diabetes, it is a great complementary treatment to help manage diabetes. Studies have found that it can help with different types of diabetes like diabetes mellitus. Other studies found that it can help lower sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncture is safe. Typically the main things that some people go through are sorenesses or minor bleedings where the needles were inserted. However, with our professional acupuncturist, you’ll be in safe hands. You may feel mild soreness or lingering feeling after your first appointment but many acupuncturists attribute this to your body’s healing process.
What are the benefits of acupuncture for diabetes?
If you are wondering on other things that acupuncture can help you with, here are some other things that acupuncture for diabetes can help with:
- Reduce pain
- Decrease anxiety and depression
- Helps in weight loss
- Healing neuropathy
- Cleaning blocked arteries.
- Lower glucose levels
- Increased insulin levels
- Increased insulin sensitivity
- Improved glucose tolerance
- Adjust the balance of hormones that affect diabetes: melatonin, insulin, glucocorticoid, and epinephrine
What to expect | Acupuncture for Diabetes
Searching for “acupuncture for diabetes near me”? We’re here to help with any questions you have. Here are some things to know before you book and go to your first acupuncture with the best acupuncturists in Irvine.
If you want to meet in person, schedule your free consultation for diabetes by calling: (949) 229-7498
How long is an acupuncture session?
On average, an acupuncture session is at least 40 minutes to an hour. It will change based on the type of treatment you’re receiving. Your session will also take a little longer (usually an hour and a half) if it’s your first acupuncture session. You will sign some forms then our acupuncturist will ask you various questions about your health like medical history and any issues you may be having recently. The acupuncturist will also run a medical diagnosis to see your pulse and check for any sensitive skin. All of these things help the acupuncturist to determine the best treatments for you.
How often do I need to go?
The amount of time you’ll need to go to for your acupuncture for diabetes is determined by your acupuncturist. But, you’ll go through a series of sessions. Usually, it’s 1 to 2 times a week to see how your body responds to the treatments. Once your acupuncturist sees progression in your health, he/ she will change it to coming in once every few weeks or even every few months. Your acupuncturist might even give you some dietary and herbal recommendations.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
No, acupuncture needles don’t hurt. The needles are as thin as a cat whisker and won’t hurt more than a pinch. You may feel more depending on how sensitive your skin is. But with our certified acupuncturists, you won’t feel any pain. If your acupuncturist finds that an area is too sensitive during the examination, they will avoid it. But if you feel any pain during the treatment, don’t be afraid to tell our acupuncturists. They’ll adjust the needles so you won’t feel any pain. In the end, our acupuncturists’ main goal is for you to feel alleviated from symptoms and to help you manage your diabetes.
Types of acupuncture treatment for diabetes
When it comes to treating diabetes, there are different treatments your acupuncturist can choose from. They will determine it and will depend on your medical examination and how you answered questions during the interview. Here are some other treatments that you may receive:
Wrist-Ankle Acupuncture (WWA)
This treatment is a very safe form of acupuncture that involves inserting needles in your ankle and wrist nerves to cause deep needle stimulation. It is a treatment where it doesn’t involve putting needles all over your body and in addition, it helps relieve pain. WWA is also a cheap and convenient treatment.
Herbal treatment is a treatment that doesn’t require acupuncture needles. This treatment involves intaking specific herbs recommended by your acupuncturist. It was found to these are able to help maintain blood glucose levels for type 2 diabetes patients.
How can I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
Two hours before your acupuncture session, you should eat. You don’t need to eat anything big but it is recommended to eat something light. Eating will help when you go through your session. This will prevent you from being distracted from hunger and prevent lightheadedness or even fainting especially if you’re going to be there for about an hour.
Wear Loose Clothes
Try to wear loose and comfortable clothes when you go to your appointment. This will help with the treatment process because your acupuncturist can easily place the needles on your body. It also depends on the type of treatment but if it’s your first time, it’s better to wear loose and comfortable clothes. Also because the treatment has you staying still for a period of time, it’s better to have some comfortable clothing to reduce discomfort.
Don’t Drink too much Caffeine before
Don’t drink too much caffeine before you’re about to go to your acupuncture treatment. If you need a lot of caffeine, drink it two hours before your appointment. This is because caffeine is a stimulant and will influence your fight-or-flight response (you will be anxious). Also, your acupuncturist would like you to feel relaxed and comfortable to have the most effective treatment. It’s also safer because your acupuncturist wouldn’t want you to move too much when they are applying acupuncture needles.
Don’t Drink Alcohol
It’s highly recommended that you don’t drink alcohol before you go to your acupuncture session. Even though alcohol can help you feel relaxed, it won’t be beneficial and even dangerous if you’re heavily intoxicated. Because alcohol is a depressant, your body will be numb to pain. By doing this, you may not be able to correctly tell your acupuncturist how you feel when they ask you questions about your health. In addition, you may not be able to tell if you’re feeling irritation in your skin when your acupuncturist applies the needles. This can lead to irritation later on and a reduction in the effectiveness of the treatment. Alcohol can also raise your blood sugar level.
Remember medical history
If you have anything your acupuncturist should know especially if it is related to your diabetes, you should tell them. It will really help them determine the best treatments for you. It’s important because sometimes one of the treatments may not work well with you and the diabetic medication you’re taking right now. For safely, it’s recommended to bring your medical history or consult with health professionals if acupuncture can be used as a complementary treatment for your diabetes.
Don’t be nervous
You might feel a little nervous especially if it is your first acupuncture or even scared of needles. It’s going to be okay. You’ll be in good hands. Take things slowly. Don’t worry about taking your time in answering any questions your acupuncturist gives or even how scared you are about needles. Our acupuncturists are here to help you and will gladly hear you out. By doing this, it will help you get the safest and most effective acupuncture treatment.
Different type of diabetes
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gestational diabetes
What causes diabetes?
- Family history
- Environmental factors
Need help managing your diabetes? We are here to help. Book your appointment for acupuncture for diabetes and meet Dr. Chun-Ming Fu, the most well-regarded acupuncturist in Irvine. You can make an appointment by calling: (949) 229-7498