Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng), momodica charantia (balsam pear), lagenaria siceraria (bottle gourd) and psidium gnayava are some commonly used herbal substances in traditional Chinese medicine, according to the American Diabetes Association. Other treatments include acupuncture, diet therapy, mind-and-body exercises (Qigong and Tai Chi), and Tui Na (Chinese massage).
Chinese therapies, including herbs and formulations, have been used safely for centuries in the hands of trained practitioners, according to the American Diabetes Association. The association recommends using the services of an herbalist associated with the American Herbalist Guild. It does not recommend discontinuing use of conventional medications in favor of herbal formulations.