Alternative Systems of Healing

There are some healing traditions that offer therapies that help reduce the associated symptoms and complications of diabetes. Ask your doctor for a recommended practitioner or talk to friends and family for recommendations.


Ayurveda is a comprehensive system of healing that comes from India. In Ayurveda, diet, movement, herbal supplements, spa treatments and body cleansing practices are all used to address any concern. Ayurveda links diabetes to imbalances in psychic and physical energy. Ayurvedic practitioners can provide recommendations to bring things back into balance.  Ayurvedic practitioners are well versed in healthy eating and the use of herbs and botanicals for healing.

Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) “originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems.” Specifically, acupuncture may help with circulation and symptoms of neuropathy. This form of healing is very holistic and may see diabetes as a symptom of deeper concerns in energy flow throughout the body. Follow the link below to learn more about this therapy.

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine


Pedorthists are experts who modify footwear and construct supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs.  People with diabetes often struggle with circulation issues that affect the feet.  A pedorthist can help keep feet safe and comfortable and prevent major sores and injuries.

Finding a Pedorthist