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Should i forgo western medicine and try chinese herbal medicine to treat my diabetes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
No: I am a medical doctor a would have to say no. All the studies i know about tell me that western medicine works for diabetes. I don't know anything about chinese herbal medicine.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Can try both : First, to some degree this depends on what type/degree of diabetes you have- if you are Insulin dependent please do not forego insulin! if you have type 2 (adult onset) you may benefit from chinese as well as western herbal medicine, as many herbs & nutrients have been proven to have benefits in treating diabetes. But it is not either/or- you can do herbs while using western medicine. See comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Provided original answer
Here is a good review of some herbal/nutritional therapies for diabetes:http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsatod/a/Diabetes.htm If you try Chinese Herbal Medicine please see a qualified practitioner, as this is a subtle form of treatment requiring skill and should be individualized. To see a doctor knowledgeable in both the western medicine approach and herbs/supplements look for a holistic doctor: http://www.abihm.org/search-doctors
Aug 16, 2012

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