Herbs, Vitamins, and More for Diabetes
Looking for more than traditional western medicine to treat your diabetes? Here are some suggestions, but remember to consult your doctor first.
Beyond Blood Sugar
Martin Stevens, MD, a researcher at the
University of Michigan, recently finished a study (also funded by NCCAM) of the
effects of Reiki, a traditional Eastern healing art, on people suffering from
painful diabetic neuropathy.
Reiki is similar to therapeutic touch, but
it's not hands-on. It's based on the idea of manipulating energy fields that
practitioners believe surround the body in order to relieve pain or cure
At present, Stevens and his colleagues are
analyzing data gathered in the study, and they hope to present results at next
year's annual ADA meeting. "There is a suggestion that there was a benefit,
at least in some of the patients," Stevens says.
He says he thinks that Reiki could, in
theory, act on the brain's pain centers and alter one's perception of pain.
That could be seen in imaging studies of the brain, using technology such as
MRI or CAT scans.
"We can actually directly test that,
and we propose to do that if this study proves to be positive," Stevens