Do you ever wonder if there are viable alternatives to conventional medicine? Well, the answer is most definitely yes. For example, when your pancreas constantly produces antibodies that attack your blood cells (known as autoimmunity), the idea of taking medication to resolve the problem makes no sense at all. In fact, the reverse actually happens: Autoimmunity is a natural process that sometimes occurs in people who have diabetes and its complications. When it does, conventional medicine can offer several effective solutions from pills to surgery. But today we’re going to talk about alternative solutions that you might consider and research further.
Exercise can help combat inflammation.
Many people with diabetes don’t realize that they may have inflammation in their bodies. This is a result of years of not paying attention to the way they exercise. If you are one of them, here are 5 ways to improve your inflammation: Try to get your heart rate to a higher level by doing aerobic exercises, such as walking, jogging or running. Diabetes or not inflammation affects everyone to some degree. Reducing the intake of foods that are known to increase inflammation can help. Such as dairy, and seek alternatives like almond milk or oat milk. Drink plenty of water and cut back on sugary drinks.
Acupuncture is a versatile and effective alternative medicine therapy.
People with type 1 diabetes who are treated with insulin have shown great results after receiving acupuncture. The theory is that the acupuncture needle is inserted in the right area of the body, which triggers the release of insulin in the cells that surround the needle. This helps to eliminate excessive blood sugar levels and even bring down the amount of insulin given to the body. In reality, it’s more complex than that, but that’s what the science behind it states. Of course, there are many other benefits of acupuncture, some of which are not mentioned above. You can read more on acupuncture and diabetes at www.medicalnewstoday.com
Homeopathy is a well-researched and proven alternative medicine therapy that can help with various conditions.
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine that uses a variety of substances, such as diet, herbal extracts, and vitamins, to treat disease. There are many homeopathic remedies that can treat diabetes, including sulphates, disulphates, and hemotoxins. One such toxin undergoing research is a particular snake venom being re-engineered for its potential in conventional medicine. (“snake venom” 2012) Homeopathic medicines are not intended to be used every day, but rather as “topical” medications, but can be helpful to the patient even though they don’t take them every day. Take for example “Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) is a plant that may lower sugar levels in the blood and urine in people with type 2 diabetes.” (Yu 2022)
Probiotics are live bacteria that play an important role in the gut health.
Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that are found in our intestines and generally live in harmony with us. There are many types of probiotics, but here are a couple of examples: acidophilus which helps with digestion, bifidus which helps with gut health and even some spores which are believed to improve blood pressure and brain function and vitamin K2 which is necessary for proper blood clotting and immune function. Many people with diabetes find that a dietary supplement made with live and active probiotics can be very effective in managing their condition.
There are also herbal medicines for diabetes and other ailments.
Herbal medicines are plant-based remedies that have been used for thousands of years to treat various illnesses and conditions. Many of them are still used today for the same reasons: They are easy to make, inexpensive, and can be beneficial. There are many types of herbal medicines, but here are a couple of examples: St. John’s wort for depression, yam for female reproductive system problems, and ginger for digestive issues. Often, herbal medications for diabetes are taken in combination with a pharmaceutical drug in order to get the full benefits of both treatments.
Alternative medicine can offer several effective solutions for people with diabetes.
While conventional medication may help with certain symptoms, it usually treats the symptom rather than the cause. Furthermore, alternative medicine treatments often have fewer side effects and are less expensive than medications. If you are thinking about trying out some of these alternative treatments, you should seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner.
Yu, Christine. “What You Need to Know about Diabetes and Homeopathic Remedies.” WebMD, WebMD, 24 May 2022, https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-homeopathic-remedies.
“Snake Venom May Have Potential to Cure Diabetes.” Diabetes, 21 Sept. 2012, https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2012/sep/snake-venom-may-have-potential-to-cure-diabetes-93615288.html.
“Acupuncture for Diabetes: Benefits, Techniques, and Risks.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 19 June 2020, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319618#benefits.