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Diabetes Tips: Ever Considered “Energy Work?"

separator Sometimes it’s nice to break out of your routine and try something different. Have you ever considered any of the so called “energy therapies?” These are alternative medicine practices that some practitioners believe can affect the way energy flows through pathways in your body. They believe that if the energy flow gets blocked, illness can result. What are some of these practices, and how are they good for diabetes?

Acupuncture: Acupuncturists use small, thin needles to guide energy flow through the body. This may help people with diabetes it two ways. It can help increase circulation problems, a common diabetes complication, by changing blood flow and heart rate. And it can help control the pain of nerve damage caused by diabetes.

Therapeutic touch: Practitioners use their hands to change the energy flow. This therapy can help relieve stress and increase relaxation.
Therapeutic massage: This can help increase circulation, give a sense of relaxation and increase energy.

Qigong: This is a Chinese exercise that helps you learn to relax your body and increase the flow of energy throughout. Regular qigong practice can also help to relieve stress, which is important in the management of diabetes.

While there have not been a great deal of large-scale studies on these types of practices, many healthcare providers and lay people alike agree that energy work can simply make you feel good. And best of all, there’s really no danger to any of these practices, so there’s no reason not to investigate and give them a try.

National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
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