This is a growing problem and an area of concern to all health professionals.
This disorder arises from either a partial or full deficiency of the insulin hormone causing an imbalance of the carbohydrate metabolism which means sugar is not properly processed to produce energy.
There are two common types of diabetes:
If you, for example, experience undue thirst or unexplained weight loss, please consult your GP.
At present there is no cure, and medication may be required.
Unattended symptoms such as poor circulation, loss of feeling in the extremities, frequent infections may develop into complications affecting organs such as the heart, eyes and kidney.
Your GP or diabetic nurse can direct you towards appropriate clinics with advise on diet, medications and exercise.
The following sections, outline some of the therapies, that may be useful in managing this disorder?
Often extreme stress and anxiety may be associated in the development of diabetes so reflexology with its ability to calm and de-stress physically and mentally is vital in maintaining the best possible health with the minimum medication.
As well as the calming qualities of reflexology, there are beneficial effects in the way that reflexology can strengthen and tonify the kidney and heart - allowing overworked organs to rest and 'catch up,' this allows the brain to switch from the excited nervous state of 'fight or flight' to the parasympathetic phase of 'rest and digest.'
Other beneficial effects of reflexology can be observed in the way the endocrine and immune systems, pancreas, limbic system, (which has an important role in regulating anxiety and panic attacks, also influences the endocrine system stimulating the dopamine centres which provide the 'feel good' factor when we experience pleasure, happiness, satisfaction.) react to reflexology stimulus.
When we are 'in balance' in mind and body our mental attitudes become more positive, allowing us the room and flexibility to view our illness in calmer more relaxed ways, allowing us to experiment with changes in diet, life styles, exercise which can all contribute to a more successful management of the disorder.
For the client with advanced symptoms which may include neurological and peripheral vascular damage particulary to the feet, the benefits of reflex and meridian stimulation can still be enjoyed by the use of Gua Sha tools (particulary jade instruments, which are thought to have their own unique therapeutic qualities), in the hands of trained knowledgeable therapists. Jade is used to gently massage relevant areas to tonify circulation and meridian movement.
(Acupuncture involves the use of fine, small needles on meridian points to stimulate and strengthen particulary kidney, spleen and pancreas.)
I prefer points on the hands and ears as opposed to body acupuncture to needle as hand and ear points can be particulary successful as well as being less invasive and stressful to the client.
There are many published reports which demonstrate that although a 'cure' is not possible relief from symptoms and onset of some of the more profound implications of diabetes may be ameliorated.
This can be a viable option for those who do not like the idea of needles, no matter how small and pain free.
When using acupressure techniques we are still accessing the same meridians we would with acupuncture, but we are using gentle finger pressure to stimulate rather than needles.
Also, there seems to be suggestions from Korean investigators that acupressure work on the hands may have a role alongside your conventional treatment.
Much interest is being stimulated at the moment in work done by researchers which suggest that regular doses of cinnamon, either as a tincture or as a powder sprinkled over food may have an effect in reducing blood sugars.
Depending on clients needs any one (or a combination of any of the above) may help reduce dependence on insulin injections or medications and help maintain the best possible health.
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