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How Acupuncture Can Be Used For The Treatment Of Diabetic Gastroparesis

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The painful condition in which the abdomen takes too long to empty its contents is known as diabetic gastroparesis. This medical phrase is the result of vagus nerve damage. The vagus nerve controls the movement of food through the digestive system. A number of problems may result such as the failure of the stomach to empty when the nerve isn’t able to send signals to the stomach. Other commonly related diabetic gastroparesis symptoms include loss of weight, vomiting undigested food, stomach muscle spasms, nausea, heartburn, and bloating of the stomach.

Gastroparesis can be triggered by other conditions. These include stomach surgery that impairs the vagus nerve, reflux disease, smooth muscle disorders (including scleroderma and amyloidosis), Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism, certain drugs (narcotics and anticholinergics), and anorexia nervosa

Because high blood glucose levels can damage the vagu nerve over time, diabetics often suffer from gastroparesis. Negative changes in several nerves in the body can also be triggered due to high blood glucose in the body. These can include chemical changes that lead to blood vessel damage particularly the vessels that bring carry essential nutrients and oxygen to the nerves.

If you are diabetic, how would you be able to protect yourself from this condition? Gastroparesis can actually be safely treated by an ancient Chinese medicine procedure known as acupuncture. This therapy has been proven to produce impressive outcomes in clinical trials.

One trial done recently examined the effectiveness of acupuncture to that of a commonly used drug for gastroparesis known as domperidone in treating diabetic gastroparesis. Both gastroparesis and diabetes patients participated in this study. For 12 weeks, four times a day each week, they were treated with domperidone (20 mg dose a day). After the 12th week, the patients were stopped being given the treatment and were allowed to have a two to three week washout period. After the washout period they then were treated with acupuncture twice a week for eight weeks. The efficacy of the two treatments was compared by the researchers.

When the patients were given domperidone treatment, the researchers saw no changes in gastroparesis symptoms and in blood glucose levels of the patients. However, when they were treated with acupuncture, these patients demonstrated an improvement of their gastroparesis-related symptoms and in their quality of life.

Researchers in another clinical trial tested the effectiveness of electroacupuncture on how well it can empty the stomach and in lowering blood glucose levels of gastroparesis patients. A total of 19 diabetic gastroparesis patients participated in the study. They were randomly selected for either four acupuncture treatments or placebo treatments for two weeks.

What the researchers found was that in the group treated with acupuncture nine showed significant improvement in their gastric-emptying time. For the placebo group, there was no improvement at all in gastric emptying time. The acupuncture group also showed significant improvements in their symptoms both at the trial and later on during follow up treatment. The researchers concluded that gastroparesis symptoms can definitely be reduced with short term electro acupuncture treatment.

If your are having trouble getting your digestive system to work properly and are diabetic, you ought to try the very safe alternative treatment of acupuncture in Maitland. Consult with your doctor or healthcare provider about looking for a qualified acupuncturist near your area.

Written by Valerie

October 29th, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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