Yesterday, I went to my TCM doctor to have acupuncture and get a refill on herb pills for the kidneys. I was very pleased to learn that my “kidney pulse” is now very strong and all the damage done by a stroke that I had just over a year ago has now been reversed. The doctor told me that the “window of opportunity” for reversing stroke damage is 6 months; thank God I made use of that 6-month “window of opportunity.”
I took my daughter, who is 30 years younger, along with me for her first acupuncture treatment and a diagnosis of the condition of her heart and kidneys. She was shocked to hear that I have a better heart and better kidneys than she does.
This time I questioned my doctor on the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I asked him if TCM could do anything for a 23-year-old friend of mine who has had Type I diabetes since she was 3 years old and has now been told by her Western doctor that she has “failing kidneys.” The first thing that my TCM doctor said was “Is she on dialysis yet?” When I told him that she was not that far gone yet, the doctor said that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can positively help “kidney deficiency” in Type I diabetes patients.
My TCM doctor explained that Western doctors say that diabetes destroys the kidneys, but TCM teaches that “kidney deficiency” comes first and that Type I diabetes is caused by a “pre-natal kidney deficiency.” This is why Type I diabetes typically comes on in early childhood: The kidney damage started in the womb.
TCM doctors determine the condition of the kidneys by taking the “kidney pulse;” they check the patient’s pulse at three different points on both wrists. One of these points is the “kidney pulse.” According to TCM theory, the kidneys control blood pressure and most of the other organs in the body, including the pancreas and the heart.
Type II diabetes is a condition where the body resists insulin and the sugar that you eat is not turned into energy, but stays in the blood and causes a lot of damage. In Type I diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a condition which TCM doctors say is caused by “kidney deficiency.” If “kidney deficiency” can be overcome, theoretically the pancreas could produce insulin.
My TCM doctor didn’t say that this would definitely happen, but he did say that the kidneys can be restored to normal function by acupuncture and herbs. I am living proof of that. I have recovered from Type II diabetes which I attribute to my kidney function being restored. After a year of acupuncture and herbs, my TCM doctor tells me that my kidneys are “better than average” — for a young person. For a person my age (78) I now have remarkably good kidneys. He also told me that I do not have a “tight pulse” which means that I have perfect blood pressure.
Before getting their hopes up, patients with failing kidneys should be prepared for taking many acupuncture treatments and swallowing 36 small herb pills every day. Most people prefer Western medicine which treats the symptoms, not the cause, of disease. As for Traditional Chinese Medicine, all I can say is “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”
P.S. The cost of an acupuncture treatment by my TCM doctor is $62 and the cost of a two-week supply of herb pills for the heart and herb pills for the kidneys is $64. I live in California where there is a TCM clinic on every corner, so the price might be higher in other parts of the country.