Reflexology and Diabetes
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the blood sugar levels are abnormally high because the body either does not produce enough insulin or does not fully utilize insulin. Health problems associated with diabetes may include slow healing of cuts and wounds, frequent urination, excessive thirst, blurred vision, fatigue and weakness, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and recurring urinary tract or vaginal yeast infections.
Reflexology assists in poor circulation and neuropathy (a tingling, numbness, coldness, pain or loss of sensation due to nerve damage). By working on the endocrine system, particularly the pancreas, insulin producing cells are encouraged to work more efficiently. The processing functions of the liver are also affected by increased blood sugar levels. By improving circulation with Reflexology, the liver is enabled to remove these toxins easier. Reflexology is also great for symptom management; the areas concentrated on would vary depending on the individuals needs but examples would be the digestive system to reduce nausea and pain or the urinary system to help with excessive urination. Insulin levels can increase during a Reflexology treatment, making the required subsequent dosage less. For this reason patients with diabetes are made aware of the importance of checking blood sugar levels after a treatment.