Chinese medicine may help treat diabetes

Traditional Chinese medicine could significantly help in treating type 2 diabetes.

An international team of researchers, including Dr Sanjoy Paul from the The University of Queensland and Professor Lilong Ji from Peking University, have found that conventional drugs (such as the anti-diabetic drug Glibenclamide) were significantly more effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes when used alongside traditional Chinese medicine.

The results showed patients treated with traditional Chinese medicine were more than a third less likely to experience hypoglycaemia – dangerously low levels of blood sugar – than those treated with Glibenclamide only.

Dr Paul said the study results highlighted Chinese medicine’s potential to reduce the treatment gap in developing countries where diabetes was at epidemic proportions.

Read more at The University of Queensland