The level of sugar in the blood, mainly in the form of glucose, is carefully controlled by a variety of mechanisms, including the action of insulin and other hormones. In Diabetes Mellitus, this control is defective and the blood sugar level rises beyond normal limits.
This condition is called hyperglycemia. Measurement of the blood sugar level provides a confirmation test for diabetes.
When too much insulin is in the blood, an excessive fall in the blood sugar level occurs, giving rise to hypoglycemia. Missing a meal will also lower blood sugar levels. Some symptoms associated with this condition are feeling unwell, anxiety, dizziness, panic, hunger and restlessness, palpitations, excessive sweating, flushing of the face, abnormal behavior, and fainting.
The aim of treatment is to strengthen the pancreas so that it respond accurately to the normal fluctuations of sugar in the blood. Diabetics taking insulin must not stop the medication all at once.
A regimen of diet, exercise, and shiatsu for adult onset diabetes can be successful so that at some point insulin may be discontinued. However, this must be supervised.
Childhood onset diabetes it is more difficult to cure, but this treatment may lower the amount of insulin required to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Improper eating patterns and allowing yourself to get overly tired will exhaust the pancreas and increase insulin dosage for diabetics. The key to success is to eat well, exercise, and lead a well regulated life.
Excessively oily, fatty, and sweet foods should be avoided. Choose a diet high in complex rather than simple sugars. These are found in whole grain products, which should be about 50-60% of the foods consumed. Millet can be used regularly. It can be mixed and cooked with brown rice in a 50-50 or 80-20 ratio of rice to millet. The grains should be cooked with a pinch of quality seasalt. A variety of greens and root vegetables can be used including: kale, cabbage, daikon radish, turnip, carrot and its top, watercress, onion, and Sweet squash. A special dish of Squash-Aduki bean-Kombu seaweed can be cooked and taken regularly. The enzyme action of pickles can be beneficial and should be included on a daily basis in the diet. Fruits should he avoided as much as possible. Sweet desserts made from carrot, squash, pumpkin, etc., with a dash of brown rice syrup or malted grain syrup can be used occasionally.
In the case of either hypoglycemia or diabetes, it is better to eat small quantities of food 4-5 times a day rather than to eat large meals less frequently. The last meal of the day should be at least 3 hours before bedtime.
A complete shiatsu treatment is the most effective way to strengthen the body and the immune system. The spleen and stomach channels in the acupuncture system travel on the legs, therefore the legs should be massaged vigorously, particularly acupoints GB 34 and ST 36 on the outside of the leg, and acupoints SP 9 and SP 6 on the inside of the leg. Additionally, shiatsu on the back between tq and L,2 near the spine will stimulate the pancreas and spleen. These points should be held for 3-5 seconds and repeated several times. The neck area, especially the 2 indented points near the skull (GB 20) are helpful in dispersing dizziness.
Warming several points will enhance the immune system and help to regulate sugar metabolism. Heat each point for 2-5 minutes. Use ST 36, SP 6, UB 20, UB 21 and CV 4