Diabetes is a condition which results when a person's body doesn't make any insulin, or enough insulin, or doesn't use insulin the right way. Diabetes affects many people. How does TCM tackle the problem?



Diabetes mellitus is a disorder resulting from absolute insulin deficiency (primary diabetes) or abnormalities in insulin secretion and function. Diabetes can also result from pancreatic disease, hormonal disorders, or genetic syndromes (secondary diabetes).

TCM refers to diabetes as Wasting-Thirst syndrome. The root of Wasting-Thirst is said to be a deficiency of Yin in the body and the presence of a Heat pathogen affecting the Lungs, Stomach, and Kidneys. When Yin is deficient, Heat from deficiency is produced; likewise, when Heat is present, it "burns up" Yin. It is common for people diagnosed with diabetes to have a constitutional Yin Deficiency, but the deficiency may develop over time as well.

There are two main types of diabetes in terms of CTM:

1)   Deficiency of Yin energy in the kidney channel.

Symptoms: Dryness of the mouth and tongue, soreness and debility of the limbs, polyuria with turbid discharge, fatigue and blood stasis.

Treatment principle: Nourishing Yin and supplementing the kidney.

2)   Dryness-heart in lung and stomach.

zmf1bxSymptoms: Restlessness, polydipsia, tendency to hunger, dryness of the mouth and tongue, red tongue with yellowish coating, slippery and rapid pulse.

Treatment principle: Nourishing Yin and clearing away pathogenic heat.

BD20072_Herbal medicine treatment for diabetes focuses on creating formulas according to each patient case. For example: Formulas employ herbs such as Sheng Di Huang and Tian Hua Fen to nourish Yin, clear Heat, and relieve thirst. Formulas use herbs such as Shi Gao and Zhi Mu to clear Stomach Fire, nourish Yin, and thus reduce the excess hunger Stomach Fire generates. Formulas use herbs such as Shu Di Huang, Zhi Mu, and Shan Zhu Yu to nourish Kidney Yin, clear Heat, and reduce excessive urination. Herbs such as Xi Yang Shen and Dan Shen may be added to formulas as well to tonify the Qi and prevent Blood Stasis. The main herbal products for internal use are: YI FU KANG JIAO NANG, KANG JI XIAO KE PIAN.


Acupuncture treatment for diabetes focuses on treating the Patterns of Disharmony and any other symptoms.


Recuperation by proper diet also plays a very important role in relieving the symptom. Dietetic snack5Chinese herbs and medical diet are comparatively desirable aids in treating diabetes.