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Tips on choosing an ear seeds provider 

Experienced practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and other alternative medical treatment understand that most chronic conditions like diabetes are most effectively treated with a multi-pronged, holistic approach. Depending on the type and severity of the individual’s diabetes, treatments such as insulin injections, herbal therapies, acupuncture, cupping, and prescription medications may be recommended. In addition, those with diabetes should make lifestyle changes that include:

  • Weight reduction.
  • Increase in exercise.
  • Improving diet and including more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber.
  • Reducing the intake of alcohol, sugar, and processed foods.
  • Monitoring and regulating blood sugar.
  • Massage.
  • Yoga.
  • Stress management.

Though diabetes cannot technically be cured, the symptoms and risk factors can be reduced. Type 2 diabetes can go into remission if properly treated and type 1 diabetes can sometimes be treated with lifestyle adjustments and holistic treatments, allowing the sufferer to get off prescription medication and live a healthy life. 

Recent studies have found that more than 37 million Americans live with diabetes. Not only is diabetes a risk factor for heart attacks, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and kidney cancer, it also can cause nerve damage, hearing impairment, depression, and a number of skin conditions. Though diabetes can be somewhat controlled with insulin and lifestyle adjustments, many sufferers are looking for additional treatments to help them life with the disease and minimize symptoms. Fortunately, there are a variety of natural treatments such as ear seeds that can provide some relief. 

Ear seeds are a type of traditional Chinese medicine that utilize acupressure points to stimulate certain points in the body. This form of auriculotherapy involves placing small latex stickers that contain a ripe seed from the Vaccaria plant on specific points on the ear that correspond to where you are experiencing issues. A trained acupressure professional will be able to tell where to place the stickers based on changes in color, size, shape, or tenderness on the ear that give clues to where imbalances in the body exist. Though traditional ear seeds use Vaccaria seeds, this process can also be done with versions made of stainless steel, titanium, magnet, or ion pellets.

What are ear seeds?

How do ear seeds help those with diabetes?

A holistic approach 

Ear seeds can address many concerns including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, and weight issues. In those with diabetes, ear seeds can be used to help reduce the stress that can lead to or make diabetes worse. It can also help the body produce more natural insulin, reduce diabetic pain, and help control food cravings that can worsen the condition. 

The success of an ear seeding treatment regiment depends heavily on the practitioner you choose. As with most alternative medicine practices, those who have not been properly trained can call themselves “practitioners”. That’s why it’s crucial that you do your research and find a practitioner who has received professional training and education and who has years of experience treating patients. To ensure you are selecting the right professional, keep the following in mind:

  • The other services the practitioner offers. If the practitioner works at a clinic that offers more med-spa type services, it may not be a good option. Look for a clinic that offers acupuncture, cupping, and other traditional Chinese or herbal medicine.
  • The education and background of the practitioner. The more, the better in this case. Dr. Yanchun Xu at EBOM, for example, has more than 20 years of experience utilizing traditional Chinese medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and biomedical sciences. She also has eight years of professional education in this field.
  • What others are saying. Talk to your friends, colleagues, and family members who have been successfully treated with ear seeding, acupuncture, or cupping. It’s especially beneficial if you know someone who has treated their diabetes through traditional Chinese medicine.

Ear seeds have been used for thousands of years to treat a host of ailments. They have been shown to safely and effectively treat everything from stress to chronic pain and other issues that are common to those who have diabetes. If you or someone you know is struggling to treat diabetes or if you’d prefer more natural treatments, ear seeds could be a viable option.

Do you have diabetes and want to see if ear seeds are right for you? Book an appointment at our clinic today. Our expertly trained staff would love to help. 

How Can Ear Seeds Help Those with Diabetes?