Acupuncture and Diabetic Neuropathy

For those suffering from Diabetes, one of the major complications you might deal with is Peripheral Neuropathy (PN): tingling, burning pain, numbness, and muscle weakness in the extremities. Over 60% of diabetics experience mild to severe neuropathy due to damage to the nervous system.

Acupuncture can be highly effective in relieving these often debilitating symptoms. One of the most documented studies on Acupuncture and Neuropathy was done in 1998 on forty-six diabetic patients with chronic painful peripheral neuropathy. 77% showed significant improvement in their primary and/or secondary symptoms!

Eastern medicine views Neuropathy as “dampness”, which blocks the flow of Qi (energy) and Blood in the meridians. Acupuncture improves the circulation of Qi and Blood, nourishing the nerve tissues of the affected area to help repair nerve functions and reduce pain, as well as addressing the underlying factor that is causing dampness to accumulate.

Cutaneous Acupuncture using a “Plum Blossom” or “Seven-Star” needle (a tool made of seven tiny needles attached to a long hammer-like handle) is one method Acupuncturists may use by superficially tapping along the affected meridian, starting at the legs and arms and down to the toes or fingers to move the qi and blood. Frequency of treatment is essential for an effective outcome, so your Acupuncturist will set up a treatment plan based on your individual needs. One of the advantages of the Seven-star treatments is that the practitioner can show you how to use it at home in between treatments to achieve the maximum benefits!

If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, give us a call to learn more about setting up a diabetic treatment plan using acupuncture. You can even combine your acupuncture treatments with nutritional consultations to get the maximum benefit to your health! Call us at (504) 522-9645 or schedule an appointment online.

*Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic painful peripheral diabetic neuropathy: a long-term study: 1998 Feb; 39(2):115-21.Abuaisha BB1, Costanzi JB, Boulton AJ. PMID: 9597381 (PubMed).