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Complement Ther Med. 2017 Feb;30:10-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.09.007. Epub 2016 Sep 13.

Complementary therapy of traditional Chinese medicine for blood sugar control in a patient with type 1 diabetes.

Author information

1
Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.
2
Graduate Institute of Integrated Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
3
Department of Biomedical Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
4
School of Chinese Medicine for Post-Baccalaureate, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 82445, Taiwan.
5
Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, St. Joseph Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; School of Chinese Medicine of Post Baccalaureate, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Electronic address: chechang007@gmail.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Using a case study to discuss the effects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments on Type 1 diabetes mellitus.

CLINICAL FEATURES:

A 4-year-old girl with sudden polyuria and nocturia (fasting plasma glucose level: 270mg/dL) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Although multiple daily insulin injections were applied, her plasma glucose levels were still unstable. Therefore, she received a complementary TCM therapy by taking modified Liu-Wei-Di-Huang-Wan (3.0g/day; three times daily) for 3 months. After the treatments, her plasma glucose levels appeared to be more stable. HbA1c 6.5% and insulin injections were reduced to only once a day.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results suggest that complementary TCM therapy has the ability to assist some patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus in controlling their plasma glucose levels.

KEYWORDS:

Complementary and alternative medicine; Traditional Chinese medicine; Type 1 diabetes

PMID:
28137518
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2016.09.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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