How Stress Disrupts Circulation in Diabetics: A Holistic Approach to Wound Healing

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As a doctor of holistic medicine, I emphasize the importance of understanding how stress impacts the body with my followers and clients. Given that diabetes already compromises your circulation and wound healing, it's important to understand how stress emphasizes these challenges. Since stress is an inevitable part of daily life and amplifies the risks associated with diabetes, gaining knowledge about its impact is imperative.

Does Stress Disrupt Circulation in Diabetics?

Stress can wreak havoc on your body's natural healing processes. One of the key areas affected by stress is circulation, which plays a vital role in wound healing. Here's how stress disrupts circulation:

Immune System Suppression: Chronic stress weakens the immune system, making you more susceptible to infections. Since you already have compromised immune systems, stress-induced immune suppression further hampers the healing of wounds.

Increased Inflammation: Stress triggers a cascade of inflammatory responses in your body, which can impede the healing process. Inflammation is a factor for wound healing, and any disruption can prolong your healing time.

Impaired Circulation: Stress constricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the wound site. Proper circulation is essential for delivering oxygen and nutrients to the wound, so impaired circulation due to stress delays your healing process.

Glucose Dysregulation: Stress can cause fluctuations in your blood sugar levels, leading to poor glycemic control. Elevated blood sugar levels can hinder immune function and increase your risk of infections, further complicating wound healing.

Delayed Epithelialization: Stress interferes with the formation of new skin cells necessary for wound closure. This delay in epithelialization prolongs the inflammatory phase of wound healing, extending the overall healing time.

Solution: Aromatherapy for Wound Healing

One simple and effective holistic self-care practice for delayed wound healing caused by stress is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy harnesses the healing properties of essential oils derived from plants to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, and frankincense have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in wound healing. 

Here's how to incorporate aromatherapy into your self-care routine:

  • Dilute a few drops of lavender essential oil in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil.
  • Apply the diluted oil to the skin surrounding the wound, avoiding direct application to the wound itself.
  • Gently massage the oil into the skin to promote relaxation and stress relief.
  • Alternatively, add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser and inhale the aroma to promote a sense of calm and well-being.

By diving into the ways stress affects you, holistic solutions like aromatherapy can help you flourish and heal. Remember, even small self-care steps can make a huge difference in your health.

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Cheryl Ivaniski, D. Ac., C.H., RDH is a beacon of hope for countless women and men across the globe. With her unique and effective Holistic Approach to Diabetes Wellness, she seamlessly merges traditional wisdom with contemporary practices, mindset transformations, and the finest holistic self-care practices. Dr. Cheryl's signature 4-Step proprietary process, the "Diabetes Success System," is revolutionizing how people confidently embracing life, enjoying peace of mind and consistently stable blood sugars. With an unwavering commitment, Dr. Cheryl's mission is to empower millions worldwide, guiding them towards unparalleled health and well-being through her transformative education and methods.



The material and content contained in this platform is for overall general diabetes health and education information only. It is not intended to constitute medical advice or to be a substitution for professional medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. All specific medical questions or changes you make to your medication and/or lifestyle should be discussed and addressed with your primary healthcare provider. Having the right mindset, doing the right movements at the right times of day, and eating foods that help keep blood sugar, insulin, and inflammation manageable can dramatically reduce your risk of the all-too-common complications of Diabetes, increase your energy levels and have you feeling your best every day.

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