Ayurveda, considers diabetes as a metabolic kapha type of disorder, in which decline in activity of agni can cause increase in blood sugar.
Many people find that controlling blood sugar levels with eating meal and exercise alone is a tough task. So they for the mostly rely on medicines. Synthetic medicines in diabetes consideration work by stimulating the pancreas to release more insulin, keeping the liver from producing more glucose or increasing the sensitivity of the body towards the insulin discharged by the pancreas.
The foundation of Ayurvedic medicine is balance. During treatment, practitioners assist patients to achieve spiritual, mental, and physical harmony. The goal of Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes is that the patient will know how to keep the disease under control and thereby improve his or her overall well-being.
What is 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. If left untreated, high glucose levels can damage blood vessels, posing great health problems in the long run.
Ayurvedic Herbal Cure for Diabetes
Gymnema sylvestre is an effective hypoglycemic component in Ayurvedic medicines for diabetes. The common name of the herb is Gurmar, which means the sugar crusher. The efficacy of Gymnema sylvestre leaves in reducing the blood sugar level has been demonstrated in experimental and clinical studies. Treatment with the herb helps to lower the fasting blood sugar level. By assisting regeneration of the residual pancreatic beta cells, it reduces dependence on insulin medications.
Morus indica leaves are recommended in Ayurveda for lowering the blood sugar level. Experimental studies suggest that daily intake of Morus indica leaves for at least fifteen days causes about 38% reduction in the blood sugar level.
Mango leaves contain certain organic chemical compounds that lower the body’s blood sugar levels and controls blood pressure as well. Since diabetes is all about the body not being able to metabolize sugar, drinking mango leaf infused water is a good way to keep your blood sugar levels in check. The correct way of using mango leaves for diabetes is to wash and boil about 3-4 mango leaves before going to bed and leave it overnight with the leaves soaking in their own extract. In the morning, sieve the water so that the leaves are removed from it and drink it on an empty stomach.
Caution with Ayurveda
Ayurvedic medicines are effective for treating diabetes but relying on this type of treatment alone can have adverse health consequences. Consult your allopathic physician before you stop the allopathic drugs for diabetes treatment. Some of the ayurvedic medicines can interact with medicines, foods, or dietary supplements. Inform your allopathic physician if you are using ayurvedic remedies.
Turmeric And Bitter Melon
The herbs turmeric and bitter melon may be recommended as an herbal Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes. Both may bring blood sugar levels to within a normal range. A general turmeric dosage is two capsules taken three times a day before meals for one month. One capsule of bitter melon may be taken on an empty stomach once a day. An expensive, but effective herbal Ayurvedic treatment may be vasanta kusumakar ras. This herbal combination reportedly works to quickly reduce blood sugar levels. Anyone who decides to take vasanta kusumakar ras should monitor blood sugar levels very closely.