Diabetes and Ayurveda

Diabetes and Ayurveda

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By Dr. Sandeep Madaan, Ayurveda

The incidence of diabetes is increasing day by day. Being a silent killer, it is attacking the young generation secretly that increases the burden of exchequer on the people as well as the government. Two things are common these days- Side-effects and Insulin resistance among the people who are taking modern medicines for diabetes treatment. It leads to searching of alternative system of medicine where Ayurveda has greater application and importance. Ayurveda treats diabetes through drugs, diet, panchakarma and exercise. The management technique for diabetes in Ayurveda is as follows: Exercise (Vyaayam), dietary regulation (Pathya), Panchakarma (bio-purification procedures) and Medicines. It is known as madhumeh in Ayurveda.

Simple Ayurvedic cure for diabetes

  1. Bitter Melon Juice: Juice of Bitter melon/Karela (30 ml) may be taken on empty stomach daily in the early morning. Simple recipes of it can also be consumed. It is considered as one the best remedies for diabetes. How to prepare:
    • Ground bay leaf & Aloe Vera: The mixture of ground bay leaf (1/2 teasp), turmeric (1/2 easp) and aloe vera gel (1 tbsp) if taken twice a day before lunch and dinner, is helpful to control sugar in blood thus effective for the problem.
    • Methi Seeds: Fenugreek seeds or its combination with ayurvedic herbs are effective remedies to lessen the signs and symptoms of diabetes.
    • Jamun Seeds: The seed powder of Eugenia jambolana (1 tsp) twice a day along with lukewarm water is good in curing of it. The chewing of Jamun leaves prevents the conversion of starch into sugar.
    • Amla: The juice of Amla (Embelica officinalis) (20 ml) twice a day is good for diabetic patient. The powder of Amla fruit may also be taken twice a day.
  2. Cinnamon powder: This is one of the important natural home remedies. How to prepare: First take one litre of drinkable water. Add 3-4 tbsp of cinnamon powder and heat it for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture and made it cool. Drink it every day.
  3. Vijaysar Churna: Pterocarpus marsupium is helpful in curing of diabetes mellitus: How to use: Pterocarpus marsupium bark may be taken in the form of powder twice a day.
  4. Triphala: Triphala along with other ingredients are useful in lowering the sugar levels in blood.

Ayurvedic Food For Diabetes

As per ayurvedic lifestyle, following types of food may be taken and permitted by diabetes patient. These wholesome foods are amla, bitter gourd, snake gourd, drum stick, turmeric, wheat, barley, green gram, horse gram, blue berry, pepper, garlic, soyabean, spinach, cucumber, fenugreek seeds, bel, jamun, tulsi,

Foods To Avoid By Diabetics

There are some foods which are prohibited from ayurveda point of view.  The list of such food items are: sugar, sugar cane juice, oil, ghee, cakes, sour beverages, jaggery, alcohol, curd, food rich in carbohydrate, root rhizome, butter, junk foods, cold drinks and biscuits.