Treatments that will compliment your medication and help you manage your diabetes better.
New and innovative methods of treatment are constantly being upgraded; a branch of medicine that has come to the fore these days is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). CAM is a low cost, non-drug form of medication and is often used with mainstream medical therapies.
Diabetes is rampant these days and CAM is becoming more popular among diabetics. Here are a few CAM methods that help cope with diabetes:
All natural diet
Sticking to a diabetic-friendly diet doesn’t mean eating exotic fruits and vegetables; it just means revisiting your meal plans and incorporating healthier options into them. Below is a list of eating tips on super foods that are good for diabetics.
Magnetic therapy uses magnets to speed healing and reduce pain. It is believed that these magnets interact with the body’s magnetic field and cause atoms within the body tissue to shift, thus healing it. Many aspects of magnetic therapy are still being researched into, but it has shown significant changes in diabetic patients experiencing pain. Magnets are applied directly in three powers (high, medium, low) to the area where a patient experiences pain or on a trigger point to the pain which could be another part of the body. Magnetic belts, bands, magnetised water and magnetic beds are also used for treatment. Diabetic patients can wear magnetic insoles to deal with feet pain. These increase circulation and release endorphins which are natural pain killers. Though it isn’t a permanent cure, it helps deal with peripheral neuropathy.
Colour therapy or chromotherapy uses the colours present in sunlight to treat diabetes. The colour corresponding to the treatment of diabetes is yellow and is governed by the solar plexus. There are three ways colour therapy can be applied:
Chromoleum- The patient is exposed to sunlight through a chamber with coloured glasses, according to the colour required for different parts.
Coloured bottles – Thoroughly wash out a yellow bottle and fill it three-quarters with filtered water. Keep the bottle exposed to sunlight for three-four hours and drink the water twice a day till the condition is cured.
Coloured light – In a dark room, use a lamp which emits the recommended light for the body part and let the patient lie exposed to the light for 15 minutes daily. The treatment should continue till the condition is cured.
Getting regular massages can increase the functioning of abdominal organs in diabetic patients. Fluctuating blood glucose levels strain the body. Massage relaxes muscles, driving away stress. It decreases the production of stress hormones, proving beneficial to blood sugar levels. It improves circulation leading to better uptake of insulin by the body cells. It also promotes greater mobility as the massage reaches the connective tissues and muscles.
Alternate therapies do not interfere with the medicines that the patient is already taking; in fact these therapies complement them. However, it must be noted that one should undergo these therapies only under the strict supervision of a therapist.
By : Dr. Anjali Sharma