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Traditional Chinese Medicine, An Optimal Treatment for Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus (DM), a kind of endocrine metabolic disease, is a series of clinical syndromes caused by lack of insulin absolutely or relatively. According to the insulin condition, DM can be divided into insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM, type Ⅰ) and non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM, type Ⅱ). Recently, there is an increasing trend in the prevalence rate of DM year by year, of which 90% are type Ⅱ [1]. Diabetes mellitus leads to glucose, protein and adipose metabolic disorders, water and electrolyte unbalance. The clinical manifestations are polydipsia, hyperphagia, polyuria, emaciation, fatigue and so on.

Modern medicine takes measures, such as oral medications and supplement insulin to treat DM. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for diabetes mellitus is established on the basis of syndrome differentiation and treatment. World Health Organization (WHO) advocates evidence-based traditional medicine, or evidence-based Chinese medicine, which emphasizes that the drug list formulation and clinical research and practice should be in accordance with evidence-based medicine approach in order to provide scientific evidence for 80% of the global traditional health services [2]. Evidence-based Chinese medicine has become an unavoidable development trend in the medical field.

In ReLife International Medical Center, we take great advantage of TCM. With the combination of modern medical techniques and TCM, “ReLife” fully applies the unique TCM treatment approach for various complicated medical conditions, including acupuncture, cupping, massage and natural therapy, etc. And the holistic concept, the characteristic of Traditional Chinese Medicine has realistic and important meaning for the treatment and control of diabetes mellitus development, especially for the aspect of diabetes mellitus complications. TCM is an optimal treatment for diabetes mellitus.

References

[1] Dong ZQ, Zhang JX. Diabetes mellitus drug research [J]. Hebei Medical, 2002, 08: 662-663.
[2] Zhang Y. Chinese medicine treatment of type Ⅱ diabetes mellitus, a systematic review of randomized controlled trials [D]. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, 2010.

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