Type 1 diabetes patients produce little or no insulin, therefore causing their blood glucose level to be poorly regulated .
Clinically, patients may experience symptoms like :
- excessive thirstiness,
- frequent urination,
- extreme hunger,
- unintended weight loss
In TCM, these symptoms are often related to a condition called “xiao ke” (消渴) which means wasting and thirstiness . “Xiao ke” is often related to the imbalance of the lungs, stomach and kidney . Herbal medicines may be prescribed to restore the balance of these organs and relieve the symptoms of patients’ experience.
However, the primary treatment for type 1 diabetes would still be insulin injection to regulate blood glucose level . Diabetic patients can combine treatment from both TCM and western medicine to manage their blood glucose level .
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