Allopathy considers Diabetes as SILENT KILLER and recently evidence of cases of “Insulin resistance” and the occurrence of side effects have increased the search for effective alternatives. Ancient science of Ayurveda has discussed Diabetes in details thousands of years ago. Ayurveda has classified Diabetes (madhumeha) into 20 Types. Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita has considered Diabetes (madhumeha) as a MAHAROG (a disease with many complications and difficult prognosis).This disease is associated with ojas kshaya (loss of vital essence of body tissues).Therefore Ayurveda has important role in management of Diabetes.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in November 2014, about 347 million people have diabetes worldwide. WHO estimates that in 2012, approximately 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes, and more than 80 percent of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income areas.
WHO projects that by 2030, diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death world-wide.
India has more diabetics than any other country in the world. India is the diabetes capital of the world with a projected 109 million individuals with diabetes by 2035. The disease currently affects more than 62 million Indians, which is more than 7.1% of India’s adult Population the high incidence is attributed to a combination of genetic susceptibility and also consumption of high-calorie, low-activity lifestyle by India’s growing middle class.
Flax seeds (Alsi beej):
Take one tablespoon of powdered flaxseed powder every morning with a glass of warm water. One should use it with caution as it is hot in potency so excess quantity should be avoided.
Taking ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder per day can improve one’s insulin sensitivity and also helps to lower blood glucose levels.
Bitter gourd (karela):
Bitter gourd has two very important compounds like charatin and momordicin, which are the important components in lowering one’s blood sugar levels.
One can have 50 ml of karela juice on an empty stomach at least four times in a week
Neem increases insulin receptor sensitivity, helps improve blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels. One can take 5 to 10 ml juice of neem leaves in the morning.
Take 1 teaspoon of jamun seeds powder with a glass of warm water and drink this daily for better control of diabetes as powdered jamun seeds slows down conversion of starch to glucose.
Take 20 ml juice of amla with equal quantity of water empty stomach in the morning. It stimulates pancreatic cells to produce insulin and keeps blood sugar under control.
Mix ½ tsp Turmeric Powder + 1 tsp Amla Powder in one glass of water and take daily in the morning on empty stomach
Bael leaves (Bilva patra):
Chewing 5-6 leaves of bael helps to control blood glucose levels. It controls problem of diabetic polyuria.
Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds):
Boil 1 tsp of methi seeds in one cup of water. This dark yellow colored herbal decoction is helpful to lower blood glucose levels if taken as a morning tea.
Holy Basil (Tulsi):
Consume three to four small tulsi leaves whole or about one teaspoon full of its juice on an empty stomach to lower the blood sugar levels.