Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous primary disorder affecting the processing of carbohydrates with multiple etiologic factors that generally involve absolute or relative insulin deficiency, insulin resistance or both. All causes of diabetes ultimately lead to hyperglycemia, which is the hallmark of this disease. Diabetes is typically classified into Type I, or insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, in which patients have little or no endogenous insulin secretory capacity, and Type II, or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, in which patients retain significant endogenous insulin secretory capacity.
Diabetes mellitus is known in traditional Chinese medicine as “Xiao Ke” or wasting-thirst syndrome. According to traditional Chinese medicine, diabetes is caused by an imbalance of the cyclical flow of Qi within the meridians and organ systems. This particular imbalance produces heat that depletes the body’s fluids and Qi causing the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • unexplained weight loss
  • excessive thirst (polydipsia)
  • excessive urination (polyuria)
  • excessive eating (polyphagia)
  • poor wound healing
  • irritability
  • blurry vision
  • infections
The cause of wasting-thirst syndrome is understood to be a deficiency of yin in the body, along with a heat pathogen affecting the lungs, stomach, and kidneys. Diabetes occurs in association with the following etiologic factors:
1. The spleen and stomach are damaged by overeating greasy food or by over-consuming alcohol
2. Anxiety, anger, mental depression, etc. injure the liver
3. Deficiency in the kidneys caused by intemperance in sexual life or congenital essence defect 
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to treat diabetes for over 2000 years. In treating diabetes, Chinese medicine seeks an individualized treatment in order to address and treat the symptoms of individual patients, their patterns of disharmony, and points of deficiency. The practitioner may choose to use a variety of techniques during treatment including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the wasting of fluids. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can assist the body to regain its normal healthy functioning. 

Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA