Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Best 7 Home Remedies to Control Diabetes at Home

Diabetes: Overview Diabetes — mostly called Diabetes Mellitus by doctors — is a long-term condition which is marked by high blood sugar (blood glucose) levels. The term ‘Diabetes’ is generally used for ‘a group of metabolic disorders’ in which patients have elevated blood-sugar levels.

The patients of Diabetes mostly suffer from certain health issues which are believed to be the common indications of the disease. These indications include polyuria (frequent urination), polyphagia (intense hunger), polydipsia (intense thirst), fatigue, weight gain or unusual weight loss, sexual dysfunction in men, long healing time for cuts and bruises, and tingling sensation or numbness in hands and feet.

Diabetes herbal Remedies

The occurrence of Diabetes, or the condition of high blood sugar levels, is linked to two ‘insulin-related’ reasons. The first reason is that the insulin production by the pancreas is insufficient; and the second reason is the inability of the body’s cells to respond properly to the insulin which is produced by the pancreas.

Based on these two reasons which are considered the main causes for the occurrence of Diabetes, the disease is categorized as ‘Type I’ Diabetes if the patient’s body does not produce enough insulin; and Type II’ Diabetes if the response of the body cells to the insulin produced is not proper. Along with these two main types of Diabetes, there is another form of the disease which is called Gestational Diabetes.’ This type of Diabetes occurs in pregnant women.

Diabetes can put the patients at risk of a number of serious health complications, including cardiovascular disease, vision problems, chronic kidney disease, and foot ulcers.

Best 7 Home Remedies to Control Diabetes

  • There is no permanent cure for Diabetes, which is considered to be a life-long condition for patients having high blood sugar levels. However, there are some simple and effective home remedies which can prove to be very beneficial for managing the symptoms of the disease.

The Top 7 home remedies which can be of immense benefit to Diabetes patients have be explained below:

Fenugreek seeds

  • The use of Fenugreek seeds is very helpful in controlling Diabetes. These seeds are high in fiber, and are known for their hypoglycaemic activity which can lower blood sugar levels. Fenugreek also has proven properties for improving glucose tolerance, lowering blood sugar levels because of their hypoglycaemic activity, stimulating the secretion of glucose-dependent insulin, and slowing down the body’s absorption of sugars and carbohydrates.
  • Patients suffering from Diabetes should either take two tablespoons of powdered Fenugreek seeds with milk every day, or soak two tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds in water overnight and drink the water (along with the seeds) on an empty stomach in the morning.

Black Plum (Jamun)

  • Black Plum or Indian Black Berry (Jamun or Jambul) contains anthocyanins, hydrolysable tannins, ellagic acid, etc., which can help control blood sugar levels in Diabetes patients. All the parts of the Jamun plant — its leaves, fruit (berry) and seeds — can be of great benefit in managing the disease. The Jamun fruit and its seeds can rapidly lower blood sugar levels due to their hypoglycemic effect; and the seeds particularly are rich in glycoside jamboline and alkaloid jambosine which can effectively regulate blood sugar levels.
  • To benefit from the goodness of Jamun, Diabetes patients should include this seasonal fruit in their diet when it is available. Alternatively, they can also use the powder of dried seeds of the fruit. The powder should be taken two times a day, with plain water.

Bitter Gourd(Karela)

  • Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon (Karela) is widely known for its properties for lowering blood sugar levels and controlling Diabetes. The consumption of Bitter Gourd can have a beneficial effect on the general metabolism of the body, increase the production of insulin, and prevent insulin resistance.
  • Patients suffering from Type I and Type II Diabetes should make Bitter Gourd a part of their daily diet. They can also benefit from the use of Bitter Gourd by drinking its juice, with some water added to it, on empty stomach in the morning. For best results, this remedy should be followed every morning for at least two months.

Cinnamon

  • Cinnamon is another useful remedy for Diabetes because of its capability to stimulate insulin activity in the body and lower the elevated blood sugar levels. The bioactive components present in Cinnamon can fight Diabetes, and are especially beneficial for patients suffering from uncontrolled Type II Diabetes.
  • Diabetes patients can add powdered Cinnamon to warm beverages, baked foods, and smoothies. Alternatively, they can also mix half or one teaspoon of Cinnamon powder in a cup of warm water and drink it every day.

Indian Gooseberry(Amla)

  • The juice of Indian Gooseberry (Amla) is widely known for its ability to enhance the functioning of the pancreas. Amla contains an abundance of Vitamin C which can significantly regulate the blood sugar levels for Diabetes patients.
  • The regular use can be very beneficial for managing Diabetes. Patients suffering from the disease can mix two tablespoons of Amla juice in one cup of water and drink it on an empty stomach every morning; or they can mix one tablespoon of Amla juice in a cup of Bitter Gourd juice and consume it daily.

Okra (Bhindi)

Okra or Ladyfinger (Bhindi) contains ‘polyphenolic’ molecules which have the ability to lower blood glucose levels and manage Diabetes. Moreover, Okra seeds also have proven anti-diabetic and anti-hyperlipidemic potential.

Diabetes patients should add Okra to their diet; or they can soak some pricked Okras in a glass of water overnight, and drink the water in the morning after removing the Okras.

Regular exercise

  • Exercise or regular physical activity of any kind — like Yoga, aerobics, sports, etc. — can also help lower the high blood sugar levels in Diabetes patients. Exercise checks obesity, and is helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Besides exercise, Diabetes patients should also practice medication or indulge in some other activities which can be helpful in relieving stress because excessive stress is also one of the causes of Diabetes.

Conclusion

  • The home remedies mentioned above can be extremely useful for lowering the high blood sugar levels in Diabetes patients. In addition to these home remedies, it is also important that Diabetes patients should follow a healthy diet plan, eat a fiber-rich diet, increase their water/fluid intake, and monitor their blood sugar levels regularly.

Ulcerative Colitis Treatment in Ayurveda-Diet & Home Remedies

Ulcerative Colitis: General idea

Ulcerative Colitis is a commonly-occurring inflammatory bowel disease which can result in the formation of ulcers, thereby causing the swelling of the colon (the large intestine). The condition is debilitating, and it can basically incapacitate the affected individuals, making it difficult for them to perform day-to-day routine activities.

In Ulcerative Colitis, the inner layer of the colon gets inflamed due to harmful bacteria. As a result, the intestinal area of the sufferers becomes quite narrow, and they experience a lot of discomfort and difficulty in passing stool.
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Ulcerative Colitis can trigger the occurrence of several chronic issues like severe diarrhoea, joints pains, vomiting, inflammation of the colon, soreness of the digestive tract, and digestive problems. The condition can also result in the scarring of bile ducts and pancreas; and, in some cases, it can even lead to potentially life-threatening complications.

The onset of Ulcerative Colitis is mostly quite gradual, and the condition can worsen over a period of time. The symptoms of the condition can undergo a change over time, and can range from mild to severe. The most common indications of the disease include abdominal pain, gastrointestinal problems, fever, blood or pus in stool, urgency to use the bathroom, anaemia, poor appetite, weight loss, and rapid heart rate.

Diet & Home Remedies for Ulcerative colitis

Dietary recommendations for patients of Ulcerative Colitis

  • The patients of Ulcerative Colitis are advised to consume some specific foods to remain nourished and healthy; and, at the same time, avoid certain foods which can make their condition worse. Specifically, some of the dietary recommendations for Ulcerative Colitis patients have been listed below:

Eliminate foods which can worsen inflammation

  • Ulcerative Colitis patients should not eat foods which can increase inflammatory symptoms and cause further discomfort to them. The foods which should be eliminated from their diet include white bread and other refined carbohydrates, packaged foods, processed foods, trans fats, and sugar. In addition, spicy and junk foods should also be avoided.

Increase the intake of Phytochemicals

  • The symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis can be significantly reduced by consuming a diet which has abundance of ‘phytochemicals’ (chemicals which are found in plants). A phytochemicals-rich diet ideally includes apples, bael, Indian gooseberry (amla), green tea, olive oil etc.

Eat a low-fiber diet

  • For relieving the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis, the sufferers of the condition should eat a low-fiber diet and avoid the consumption of buttery and greasy foods, fruits with seeds, citrus fruits, ginger and garlic. Moreover, since most of the Ulcerative Colitis patients suffer from ‘lactose intolerance’, the consumption of milk and other dairy products should also be avoided.

Overall, the diet which Ulcerative Colitis patients need to follow should include vegetables like pumpkin, bottle gourd, ridge gourd, ash gourd, and round guard. Furthermore, a balanced diet for these patients should also contain proteins, complex carbohydrates, essential minerals, fats, vitamins and other nutrients in adequate quantity. The sufferers of this condition should eat several small meals a day, and also drink plenty of water in order to remain hydrated, especially during a bout of diarrhoea. Since the condition can lead to deficiency of calcium or Vitamin D (and bone loss), the sufferers should take a natural calcium and Vitamin D supplement.

Home Remedies for Patients of Ulcerative Colitis

  • Ulcerative Colitis symptoms can also be effectively relieved with the help of some simple and time-tested home remedies. A few common home remedies which can be very beneficial for Ulcerative Colitis patients are:

Herbal tea

  • Herbal tea is an excellent home remedy for managing abdominal pain, acidity, bloating and some of the other symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis. For best results, the sufferers of this condition should consume a cup of herbal tea once or twice a day. The tea should be prepared using cumin, fennel, cumin, and thyme.

Apples

  • The intake of apples is also a useful home remedy for Ulcerative Colitis. The disease can drain out a lot of blood from the body of the patients and can, thus, result in loss of iron. For replenishing the lost iron, the consumption of apples can be very beneficial because apples are a rich source of iron. Eating apples after meals can prevent Ulcerative Colitis symptoms like bloating. Boiled apples can also be used for desired results in managing the disease.

Bananas

  • Eat two bananas daily or add chopped bananas slices to a cup of yogurt. This will help in boosting nutrition and treats diarrhoea.

Pomegranate juice

  • Another beneficial home remedy for Ulcerative Colitis is the consumption of pomegranate juice. This juice can provide relief from pain, bleeding and other symptoms. The patients suffering from Ulcerative Colitis are advised to drink at least 50ml of pomegranate juice two times a day.

Goond katira

  • It is another wonderful home remedy for the same. Soak a piece of it in a glass of water for few hours and mix well to drink later.

Rose petals juice

  • Another amazing home remedy for ulcerative colitis is here. 2 tbsp daily, twice can also help in an effective way to deal with bleeding and burning feeling.

Beneficial herbs

Certain useful herbs also have proven properties to relieve most of the painful and inflammatory symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis. The herbs which are particularly beneficial for the patients suffering from this disease include: Kutaja (Halorrhena antidysentrica), Musta (Cyprus rotundus), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Bilva (Aegle marmelos), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), and Patha (Cissampelos pareira).

Conclusion

  • The dietary recommendations and home remedies discussed above briefly mean that the patients of Ulcerative Colitis should eat foods which can reduce the symptoms of flare-ups, and avoid the consumption of unhygienic food items.