The treatment of diabetes can include many elements, including traditional medicines, alternative medicines and natural solutions.
Alternative therapies encompass a variety of disciplines ranging from diet and exercise to psychological conditioning and lifestyle modifications. Examples of alternative treatments include acupuncture, guided images, chiropractic treatments, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation exercises, herbal solutions, massages and many others.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, specifies complementary and alternative medicines as a "group of clinical systems and varied medical care, practices and items that are not currently considered part of the standard medication." The complementary medication is used with standard treatments, while an alternative medication is used instead of the standard medication.
Some people with diabetes use complementary or alternative therapies to treat diabetes. Although some of these therapies may work, others may be inefficient or even harmful. Clients who use complementary and alternative medications must tell their health care providers exactly what they are doing.
What alternative treatments are used as a treatment for diabetes?
Acupuncture is a treatment in which a professional inserts very fine needles at specific points on the skin. Some researchers say that acupuncture causes the release of the body's natural medicines. Acupuncture has been shown to relieve persistent pain. Acupuncture is occasionally used by people with neuropathy, the unpleasant nerve damage of diabetes.
Biofeedback is a method that helps an individual become more aware and manage the body's response to pain. This alternative therapy emphasizes relaxation strategies and stress reduction.
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