Diabetes is characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels.
The causative factors are very important to be noted to decide the best treatment of diabetes.
Causative Factors of Diabetes
- Excessive consumption of high fat food especially: meat, newly harvested grains, jagge etc
- Food and drinks that increases the kapha dosha.
- Over sleeping
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Lack of any physical activity
In Ayurveda, medicine for diabetes is chosen based upon the dosha and causative factors. “Nidana Parivarjanam Chikitsa” is a famous saying in Ayurveda, which means that elimination of the causative factors is one the main steps in treating a disease.
The above mentioned causative factors, disturb the ‘agni’ within and kapha dosha gets aggravated which vitiates the fat, muscle and watery elements (medas, mamsa and udaka) of the body and causes madhumeha (diabetes) that is predominant of various doshas.
In this condition, the urine of the person becomes similar to that of honey, hence the term sweet urine.
It is also said that any type of diabetes that is not treated properly eventually becomes worse over a period of time.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Diabetes
The Ayurvedic medicine and treatment for diabetes is based upon the built of the patient: sthoola pramehi (obese patient) or orkrisha pramehi (lean patient) and also upon the dosha predominance.
Purificatory therapies like panchakarma are performed as the first stage of treatment in the case of an obese patient and then rejuvenating herbs are prescribed.
Whereas in cases of a orkrisha or lean patient, nourishing therapies are done as the first step of treatment for diabetes.
Ayurvedic Supplements for Diabetes
Some commonly prescribed ayurvedic medicines include:
- Saptarangi – Salacia Oblonga
- Haridra – Curcuma longa (turmeric)
- Haritaki – Terminalia chebula Retz.
- Amalaki -Embilica officinale (Indian Gooseberry)
- Jambu – Syzygium cumini
- Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
- Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia (Neem giloy)
- Nimba – Azadirachta indica (Neem)
- Bel – Aegle Marmelos
If herbal remedies are taken in the right manner and dosage, it can have a powerful effect on your body. But make sure you take these only under the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner.
Most of the above mentioned herbs target elevated blood sugar levels and help balance them.
As a precaution, you should monitor blood sugar on a regular basis and a glucometer helps you with exactly that.
Home Remedies in the Ayurvedic treatment for Diabetes
- A glass of bitter gourd juice or amla juice daily morning on an empty stomach.
- Mix half teaspoon of amla powder and turmeric powder in a glass of warm water and consume on an empty stomach.
- Include fenugreek, sunflower or chia seeds in your daily diet.
- Consumption of Jamun juice is also proven to be beneficial in case of type 2 diabetes.
- Neem leaves should be ground and made into a paste and a small bolus of this should be added to water. This should be taken on empty stomach in the morning.
Healthy Diet and Lifestyle changes for Diabetes Management
Ayurvedic medicines and treatment for diabetes alone is not sufficient for a complete cure.
Healthy diet and an active lifestyle plays a vital role in the management of diabetes.
- Make sure to never skip meals. Proper meals on time is a must.
- Oats, brown rice, flax seeds, cinnamon and fenugreek should be added to your diet.
- Fruits including berries and apples, vegetables like spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, all types of gourds and squashes can be taken.
- Tender coconut water can be taken but the whitish pulp should be avoided as it is high in sugar and fat.
- Raw honey can be taken in small quantity and will not elevate the blood sugar levels.
Certain diet and lifestyle changes can help you in overall management of diabetes and its symptoms.