Previous studies have shown that brain serotonin is increased and noradrenaline decreased in acupuncture and transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TNS). Increases in available brain serotonin and decreases in noradrenaline enhance pain suppression.

Clinical heterogeneity of diabetic peripheral neuropathy could express a neurophysiological and electrophysiological heterogeneity possibly related with the dissociated metabolic susceptibility of the difference types of nerve fibres and endings.

Laseropuncture in patients with diabetes mellitus associated with angiopathies of the lower extremities (grade II and III) produced a pronounced clinical effect which was manifested by removing the pain syndrome, improvement of the peripheral circulation and extremity function and function of the lower extremities, improvement of thermographic values.

In this paper, the experimental diabetic rats induced by streptozotocin (STZ, i.p. 50 mg/kg) were divided into three groups, electro-acupuncture (EA group, n = 8), transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS group, n = 8), at bilateral Shenshu and Zusanli points for 20 minutes once every 2-3 days for five weeks, and without any treatment (DM group, n = 6) respectively.

Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic painful peripheral diabetic neuropathy: a long-term study

Abuaisha BB, Costanzi JB, Boulton AJ.

Department of Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, University of Manchester, UK.

Diabetic patients have been shown to derive great benefit from treatment with laser therapy as evidenced by experience gained with its use over many years.

Abnormal gastric slow-wave frequencies have been observed in diabetic gastroparesis and are associated with impaired antral motor activity. In this study, we aimed at evaluating the effect of acupuncture on gastric slow waves in diabetic patients with symptoms suggesting gastric motor dysfunction.

Magnets were attached on auricular acupuncture points of diabetes patients. This treatment lowered the blood glucose levels and improved eye conditions.

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