By Lynn M Kuchinski
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This book is an introduction to Chinese medical theories concerning diabetes, as well as a self-help guide to preventing or controlling its symptoms. It describes helpful home therapies and professionally administered therapies including acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Due to over-eating sugars, simple carbohydrates, fats, and oils coupled with too much stress and too little exercise, millions of Westerners are afflicted with diabetes. Sufferers of diabetes not only experience the discomforts of fatigue, extreme thirst, extreme hunger and food cravings, polyuria, mood swings, irritability, restless leg syndrome, and heart palpitations, they are also prone to developing blindness, high blood pressure, heart disease, and non-healing ulcers and sores which can lead to amputation. The bad news is that, because of changes in diet and lifestyle, the cases of diabetes in developing countries are on the rise.
The good news is that traditional Chinese medicine has many effective therapies for combating this potentially life-threatening disease. These include Chinese dietary therapy, acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese self-massage, and a host of other simple, low or no cost therapies which have been time-tested in Asia over 2,000 years. If you or anyone you know suffers from either hypoglycemia or diabetes, you need the information in this book.
With this book, I hope to call attention to the fact that Chinese medicine, i.e., acupuncture and especially Chinese medicinals, offers a remedy to the gradual decline that diabetics commonly suffer. Chinese medicine not only alleviates the symptoms of diabetes but also actually helps lower blood and urine sugar levels, thus allowing diabetics the opportunity to live without constant dependence on insulin. This may sound like a tall order, but the Chinese medical literature proves that Chinese medicine along with proper diet and lifestyle modifications does offer this possibility. Hopefully, this book will encourage diabetics and their families to venture into the world of Chinese medicine to see what it has to offer.
About the author:
Lynn M. Kuchinski has practiced Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Albquerque since 1994. She specializes in the treatment of digestive disorders and gynecological complaints. Her favorite pastime is translating Chinese medicine, and she has had several articles published in English language journals in both the U.S. and England.