Can T&CM cure diabetes? Uncover the truth, as well as the risks if it's used improperly to treat complications.
Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) aims to supplement general health and is not an
alternative treatment for diabetes.
The concurrent use of T&CM with diabetic treatments may not be suitable for all.
Improper T&CM use has caused harm like burns from moxibustion. Such risks are greater in
individuals who have complications arising from diabetes, e.g., decreased feeling or
sensation due to neuropathy, or kidney failure. Please speak to your doctor before starting
any T&CM treatment.
In Singapore, Traditional Medicine (TM) typically refers to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Traditional Malay Medicine (TMM), Traditional Indian Medicine (TIM), while Complementary Medicine (CM) refers to all other forms of medicine that are non–mainstream, e.g., chiropractic, osteopathy, aromatherapy, etc.
Scientific studies on effectiveness of T&CM for diabetes and its complications are inconclusive or insufficient.
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