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What Are the Benefits of Acupressure for Diabetes?

A. Pasbjerg
Updated Feb 10, 2024
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While acupressure will not cure diabetes and should not replace treatment by a doctor, there are a number of benefits that may be realized by using acupressure for diabetes. Acupressure is a safe, natural form of treatment that can help one’s body heal itself. A trained practitioner will be able to evaluate a particular patient’s needs and tailor the treatment to them. Most importantly, acupressure has been shown to help improve a number of issues commonly associated with diabetes, including high blood glucose levels, impaired kidney function, and neuropathy.

The use of acupressure for diabetes can offer patients a complementary form of treatment that is non-invasive and does not require the use of drugs or other medical procedures. It is considered safe and should not cause negative side effects. Acupressure involves the use of fingertip pressure to certain points on the body with the goal of balancing the flow of energy. This in turn should promote overall health and allow the body to heal problems it may have.

Another benefit of using acupressure for diabetes is that this type of treatment is typically much more individualized than traditional medical treatments. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, diabetes can be caused by different problems within the body and can manifest in different ways. This means that the treatment for one person may not necessarily be effective for another. Those trained in the application of acupressure will work to understand the particular needs and issues of each patient and use acupressure on the appropriate points on the body for those needs.

Perhaps the best reason for the use of acupressure for diabetes is that it can help reduce the negative physical effects of the disease. While it may take some time and several sessions, patients have found that the use of acupressure can serve to help their bodies regulate and normalize their blood sugar levels. Patients who have issues with cholesterol levels along with their diabetes may see some improvement, with overall lower levels as well as decreased LDL and increased HDL. Acupressure may help improve kidney function in patients who have problems due to their diabetes. There is also evidence that it can reduce neuropathy, a condition that often occurs with diabetes where nerves in the peripheral nervous system become damaged, leading to pain or numbness in the extremities.

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By A. Pasbjerg
Andrea Pasbjerg, a WiseGeek contributor, holds an MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her business background helps her to create content that is both informative and practical, providing readers with valuable insights and strategies for success in the business world.
Discussion Comments
By Animandel — On Feb 11, 2015

@Drentel - Acupressure is a lot like getting a massage in many ways. Whenever I have a professional massage I can feel a really big difference. My muscles feel like they have been through a good workout, and they have started to relax after the exertion. When my husband gives me a massage, it feels great while he is massaging me, but the lasting effects are not the same.

A professional knows what to do, and he or she knows the specific benefits of the procedures he or she is performing. The benefits, and the healing potential of the human touch is way undervalued in my humble opinion.

By Drentel — On Feb 10, 2015

I can understand how acupuncture might be able to help the body deal with pain. After all, it is reasonable to think that sticking pins in and applying pressure at certain points on the body could relieve tension and manipulate nerves so that whatever type of pain a person was having would become less acute and less noticeable. However, I have a difficult time seeing how acupuncture can actually lower a person's blood sugar levels. That is truly amazing.

A. Pasbjerg
A. Pasbjerg
Andrea Pasbjerg, a WiseGeek contributor, holds an MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her business background helps her to create content that is both informative and practical, providing readers with valuable insights and strategies for success in the business world.
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