HypoglycemiaCauses of hypoglycemia include: excessive and continued consumption of high glycemic carbohydrates such as processed sugars; skipping meals; excessive alcohol; not taking or changing insulin medication dosage; or not watching meal intake when on insulin.

Symptoms that may be signs of hypoglycemia include excessive sweating, dizziness, feeling shaky, fatigue, continuous hunger, blurred vision, kidney disease, limb numbness and tingling in the mouth or lips. Hypoglycemia can manifest into many disorders including: diabetes, seizures, unconsciousness and a possible coma. Conventional treatment is primarily made up of synthetic insulin therapy to control how the body processes sugar. Integrative Med Solutions (IMS) can safely incorporate acupuncture and naturopathic medicine into a hypoglycemic conventional protocol and even attempt to re-align the body’s energy altogether for a complete, possible turnaround.

Acupuncture: Coping with Hypoglycemia
According to The University of Maryland Medical Center, when used to treat hypoglycemia, “Acupuncture may decrease stress, increase coping skills, and regulate hormone function.” IMS licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lisanti will work with your individual needs when it comes to your hypoglycemia condition. In Classical Chinese Medicine, hypoglycemia has been recorded as far back as 240 BC when similar symptoms were documented. The condition is viewed as excessive heat in the body which needs to be cleared while at the same time nourishing Yin. Points that may safely and painlessly be manipulated include Large Intestine (LI-11), Spleen (SP-6), Stomach (ST-36), special points called Yishu and FrontMu points as well supplemental points Lung (LU-10), Conception Vessel (CV-4) and Governing Vessel (GV- 20).

Botanical Medicine: Settling Hypoglycemia
In conjunction with acupuncture, Dr. Lisanti may attempt to treat hypoglycemia with herbal and other combinations of plant based remedies. There has been extensive research in China of how these materials can positively reduce symptoms as well as clear heat and nourish Yin particularly in two texts known as Modern Study and Application of Materia Medica and Pharmacology and Applications of Chinese Materia Medica. Some herbs that IMS may incorporate into your hypoglycemia healing program are: astragalus, ginseng, lycium bark, and rehmannia.

Clinical Nutrition: Learning to Eat for Hypoglycemia
Working with Dr. Lisanti on a specific hypoglycemia eating protocol may help, especially when incorporated with varied acupuncture and naturopathic remedies. Becoming aware of foods to avoid is the first line of defense against this condition. Some foods that should be left alone include: sugar, coffee (caffeine increases sensitivity to low plasma glucose), sodium, fried foods, processed packaged foods, sweet fruit and white flour (this flour may alter bowel bacterial contents). Foods that may be recommended for hypoglycemia are avocados (blood sugar stabilizer), brewer’s yeast (high in chromium which helps regulate blood sugar), oysters and sesame seeds (high in zinc which supports healthy insulin release) and sunflower seeds and spinach (contain vitamin B6 for essential adrenal support).

These are only a handful of the many remedies IMS can offer which also includes nutraceutical supplementation, homeopathy and detoxification. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design
an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health. To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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