Lifestyle plays a great role in controlling blood sugar level. In this article, we are going to see where to find the best ayurvedic treatment for diabetes.
Diabetes is a disorder characterized by excess amount of blood glucose or blood sugar. This occurs due to lack of the hormone insulin in the body or because the insulin that is present in the body is not absorbed by the body. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes called insulin dependent diabetes that usually affects children and teenagers and Type 2 that was previously called non-insulin dependent diabetes and usually affects adults.
Herbal medicines, yoga, panchakarma, and controlled diet have proven to be a successful “combination prescription” for the control and treatment of diabetes. Ayurveda often uses one or many of these approaches in combination for the control and treatment of diabetes.
Best Treatments For Diabetes:
The first step for the ayurvedic treatment of diabetes it is necessary to modify diet, which includes reduced intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates, and emphasizes on complex carbohydrates. Protein intake should be decreased as higher intake can damage the kidneys. Fat intake should be also limited as digestion of fat becomes difficult in these patients due to deficiency of other pancreatic enzymes. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, orange, lemons, bitter fruits and herbs.
Many diabetics have antibodies against their own pancreatic tissue (autoantibodies), hence the cleansing program Panchakarma is used to clear the auto antibodies. This includes herbal massages, herbal steam sauna, and fasting to cleanse the body. Following these a herbal purge for the liver, pancreas, and spleen is given. Lastly colon therapy is given to cleanse the digestive tract and then to reorganise the system.
Exercise and Yoga
Physical exercise, breathing exercises and yoga are used for ayurvedic treatment for diabetes.
Cinnamon is strong stimulator of insulin activity and therefore extremely useful in the treatment of diabetes. A little cinnamon, sprinkled on any food item, can stimulate insulin activity. It helps to keep the blood sugar in check. Besides cinnamon, other culinary herbs and spices that are useful in treating diabetes include cloves, turmeric and bay leaves. Of these cinnamon is the most potent.
Butea leaves possess anti diabetic properties. They are useful in glycosuria, which is characterized by the presence of a large amount of glucose in the urine. The leaves can be chewed or taken in the form of an infusion or decoction.
Curry leaves possess the qualities of an herbal tonic and are of great food value to diabetics. Eating 10 fresh fully grown curry leaves every morning for three months is said to prevent diabetes of a hereditary predisposition. The weight-reducing properties of these leaves are beneficial in the treatment of diabetes due to obesity. The leaves can be made into chutney or curry leaves juice mixed in buttermilk.
The fruit and seeds of Eugenia jambolana could significantly reduce the blood sugar level in diabetics. It stimulates secretion of insulin. It could also reduce the risk of kidney dysfunction in diabetics. Moreover, intake of Eugenic jambolana seed extract helps to accelerate the wound healing process in diabetics.