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August 5, 2011

Can Traditional Chinese Medicine help people with Type I diabetes?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:19 am

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.


  1. Yes of course TCM can help with anything in my opinion. Fantastic to hear of your reinstated health 🙂 Monty

    Comment by Monty — July 14, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

  2. hello there,
    thank you for sharing your story – can you provide the name & contact info of the TCM practitioner you went to ? I too am in california, seeking help for type 2 diabetes.


    Comment by tech cat — August 31, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    • My TCM doctor is Dr. Eric Lee who works at Lee’s Clinic in Sacramento, CA on Monday and Thursday. He also works in Fairfield, CA (close to San Francisco) on Tuesday and Wednesday. His phone number in Sacramento, CA is 916-443-8489.

      Dr. Lee told me that type 2 diabetes is caused by bad kidneys. The kidneys control the body’s use of insulin. In type 2 diabetes, there is plenty of insulin available, but the body has “insulin resistance.” There are Chinese herbs for the kidneys that will help type 2 diabetes. You can order these herbs by mail from Lee’s Clinic.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 1, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      • Is the herb you take (for diab/kidneys) called something like Yu Quan Wan? I think the english name for this would be “Jade Spring” .. thanks for your time sharing your experiences. (Fellow Californian, here)

        Comment by tcm wannabe — December 8, 2016 @ 5:09 am

        • You wrote: “Is the herb you take (for diab/kidneys) called something like Yu Quan Wan?”

          I no longer take any herbs for the kidneys. As far as I know, my kidneys are in perfect condition and I don’t need any pills for the kidneys.

          My Chinese doctor told me to drink 3 cups of a Chinese tea daily. This tea is called Pu-Erh tea, and it allegedly cures everything. You can buy this tea in a Chinese grocery store in America, or you can order it on the Internet. I have been drinking this for several years now.

          One way that Chinese doctors diagnose your health is by looking at your eyes. Your eyes should be centered in your eye sockets, with no white space above or below the eyes. My eyes are perfectly centered, so I think that I am in good health.

          Comment by furtherglory — December 8, 2016 @ 7:09 am

          • I looked up Yu Quan Wan tea on the Internet. It is a general tonic that helps the kidneys. It is probably similar to Pu-Erh tea, which I drink. Chinese medicine has a rule that you should do everything in moderation. Drinking too much tea is bad for your health.

            Comment by furtherglory — December 8, 2016 @ 7:16 am

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