Callie Blackwood MSOM, LAc
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Boise Acupuncture for

Diabetes Mellitus

Boise Acupuncture for Diabetes Mellitus

Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by diabetes. More than 100 million US adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While it is generally a long-term condition, diabetes can be managed through self-care, nutrition, and medication.

diabetes

Another safe, effective approach to managing diabetes and it’s symptoms is Boise acupuncture clinic. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine services (TCM) help promote health and well-being. Both can be used naturally along with your current medical treatment to provide the best results for you.

Understanding a complex condition

The body gets its energy from food through the process of digestion. Food is broken down into glucose (or sugar) which passes into the bloodstream. Then the glucose is moved into muscle, fat, and liver cells by the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. However, if you have diabetes, your body either does not produce enough insulin, or doesn’t respond to it properly, and this leads to high levels of sugar in the blood.
Uncontrolled blood-sugar levels can cause serious complications if left untreated, including blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage.

Two main types of diabetes

Type I diabetes: Usually diagnosed during childhood, type I is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks insulin-producing cells. Symptoms usually come on suddenly, and treatment includes daily injections of insulin.

Type II diabetes: This type accounts for 90-95% of all diabetes cases, and is usually diagnosed during adulthood. Major risk factors include family history, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol and being overweight and sedentary.

Symptoms ofType II Diabetes include:
• Increased thirst
• Increased urination
• Increased appetite
• Fatigue
• Blurred vision
• Slow-healing infections
• Impotence in men

Since symptoms may be mild, many people don’t know they have diabetes, which is why it’s important to get tested regularly, especially after age 45. Testing can also detect pre-diabetes, where blood sugar is high, but not yet at diabetic levels. With early detection and treatment, it is far easier to stop the disease from progressing, control your symptoms, and prevent complications. Treatments often include regular blood-sugar monitoring and medications to control blood sugar, as well as diet and exercise.

Diabetes & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Diabetes according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) goes beyond a simple diagnosis of Type I or Type 11 diabetes. Below are some of the more common TCM diagnoses that your acupuncturist may discover and treat.

• Upper Wasting
• MiddleWasting
• Lower Wasting
• Spleendeficiency
• Liver Qi Stagnation

Natural Treatments That Work

The good news is that certain types of diabetes respond very well to acupuncture along with other holistic health care choices and lifestyle changes-sometimes even making medications unnecessary.

Acupuncture and TCM can help put you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Since diabetes has an impact on every part of your body, it makes sense to try a therapy that takes a holistic, or whole-body, approach to health.

According to TCM, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. Qi flows through pathways called meridians and provides nourishment to all of the body’s organs and glands. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, symptoms associated with diabetes may appear.

According to TCM, diabetes is known as “Xiao Ke” or ·wasting and thirsting disease”, caused by an imbalance of Qi and Yin. This produces heat which drains and consumes the body’s fluids. That is why symptoms related to heat appear-excessive thirst, irritability, itchy skin, dry mouth and red, swollen gums.

How does a Boise acupuncturist help my diabetes?

Your Boise acupuncturist will also work to resolve other imbalances or concerns that may be complicating your condition, and can help with common symptoms such as pain. During treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted in specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways in order to restore the flow of Qi and nourish Yin. This can ultimately relieve symptoms, improve pancreatic function and control blood sugar levels.

In addition to acupuncture care, your practitioner may offer recommendations for dietary changes, exercise plans, and herbal remedies. We offer all of these Chinese medicinal services in our Boise acupuncture clinic.

Acupuncture and TCM address each patient’s individual needs in eliminating symptoms and potentially reduce the need for medication. The best approach to controlling your diabetes is to work with a team of health care providers who can address the many aspects of diabetes. Including an acupuncturist to your team-and working together to manage your diabetes-can have lasting benefits and help you live a healthy, active life.

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My dedication and oath for my practice

  • I dedicate myself to obtaining the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and effectively offer Chinese Medicine as a healing modality to others and myself.
  • I dedicate myself to support life by making decisions based on high moral and ethical standards and being an example to my best ability of living a balanced and healthy life.
  • I vow to honor my ancestors my teachers and the lineage of Chinese Medicine that is being transmitted to me.
  • I vow to honor this gift of being called to service and I dedicate myself to remaining humble and honest with my gifts and abilities through all these endeavors.
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What our patients are saying

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Callie is amazing! Her knowledge of Chinese medicine is extensive and her presence is very calm and welcoming. I thoroughly enjoyed my acupuncture session and recommend her to anyone seeking an intuitive and knowledgeable therapist. I will be back!

Crystle Lynne Logan

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One of the most gifted healers and acupuncturists I have ever encountered. Callie is a natural.

Gloria Ravi Inder Overcash

judy-r
I've been having acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and many other types of wholistic touch type therapies for years. I had my first acupuncture session with Callie a few days ago and found it one of the best I've ever received. I highly recommend her and I will definitely go back. A couple of days later now, I no longer have neck pain, I'm feeling much more balanced and my sleep has improved. Boise is lucky to have Callie.

Judy R

amy-markhoff
Callie is an amazing acupuncturist! From the thorough intake to the amazing sessions, I really felt and experienced positive changes with my shoulder issues. The sessions are very relaxing and vitalistic, which is what I look for in a healer. I like working with someone who looks at helping facilitate healing within the body, and I really got that with Callie. I highly recommend her!

Amy M

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Callie is one of a kind. A true gem on your path to health. She helped to rebalance me in some incredible ways. I apologize for the TMI, but I don't know how else to express that I had some female issues. Didn't get my period in months. With Callie's guidance, I was flowing once again. That's not all she did for me either. I would not only recommend her, I will continue to see her for my health maintenance. See her, you won't regret it!

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laurie-r
Callie is an amazingly gifted TCM practitioner. I have a sensitive system and am very particular when it comes to having anyone work with me. From her thorough intake process to her meticulous, compassionate process of treatment and her knowledge of elements and cures, Callie is by far one of the best I’ve ever been to in over 20 years. Boise is lucky to have her services!

Laurie R