Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damages the retina. In many cases this can lead to irreversible blindness, where gradual vision loss occurs over a period of many years.

Diabetic retinopathy can be caused by Type-1 diabetes (juvenile-onset diabetes), which develops when the body produces too little insulin. It can also come from Type-II diabetes (adult-onset diabetes), which develops over many years and is caused by too little insulin production, or poor utilization of insulin. People with diabetic retinopathy are susceptible to retinal bleeding and hemorrhaging.

Chinese moxa methods are highly effective in stopping bleeding so that laser surgery may not be needed. It is important to confirm that the bleeding condition is stable, through a professional eye examination.

According to Chinese medicine, diabetic retinopathy is most often caused by damp-stagnation with Spleen and Kidney weakness (metabolic weakness). I have found patients with diabetic retinopathy to respond more rapidly than those with other eye conditions.

Most people notice improvements after just a few treatments. Chinese medicine is highly effective for regulating blood sugar, and most of the time it can dramatically reduce the need for synthetic insulin, occasionally eliminating the need altogether.

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