Diabetes is one of the obstinate and almost an incurable disease. History of diabetes is as old as the Vedas, the ancient classical Indian literature. According to Ayurveda, it is one of the ‘Adhya roga,’ i.e., a disease of the rich.
The comforts of life, emotional stress, and our modern habits of eating canned & preserved food gifted by modern civilization have contributed to the increasing occurrence of diabetes.
Moreover, there is a hereditary predisposition to diabetes. If your father or mother has had diabetes, then you are more prone to get it.
If you have been lately passing urine more frequently, feel more thirsty, eat more than before, have lost your weight & strength, feel tired then these might be the first signs of your raised blood sugar level.
Now that we are getting conscious of this lethal disease, we try to compensate with some form of physical exercise for our erratic diet & lifestyle. But this is insufficient to make up the loss we did to our body with time.
To overcome a disease like diabetes, we have to go nearer to nature & there is no better way than Ayurveda, the ancient science of life to go natural.
By resorting to natural remedies & therapies of Ayurveda, one can sure treat diabetes without worrying about side effects.
What is Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes?
Based on Prakriti and graveness of diabetes, Ayurveda advocates broadly two kinds of therapies:
- Apatarpana (de-nourishing therapies) – this Ayurvedic treatment is prescribed for obese diabetic patients. It involves various cleansing procedures, anti-diabetic herbs, fasting, exercises
- Santarpana (nourishing therapies) – this treatment is employed in weak & emaciated diabetic patients for nourishing their body as well as building up immunity. Nourishing herbs, oleation procedures, oil enema, nutritious diet are useful in this case.
Ayurvedic palliative treatment
Ayurvedic herbs and herbal formulations are given to control the blood sugar levels. This treatment is especially helpful for diabetic people who are weak, chronically ill, and unfit for cleansing therapies.
Herbs like bael tree, Margosa, scarlet fruited gourd, black plum, gular fig tree, small Indian ipecacuanha, bead tree, bitter gourd, Indian kino tree, common sal, black murdah, Tinospora, fenugreek, red periwinkle, Indian gooseberry, turmeric are the magical herbs which works wonder to control blood sugar level.
These herbs are highly used in making several herbal preparations. Physicians prescribe different herbal and herbo-mineral formulations as per the condition of diabetes.
Drugs like Triphala powder, nimbadi curna, jambu bija powder, vijaysara ghana Vati, shiva gutika, goksuradi Vati, candraprabha Vati, methi modaka, phalatrikadi Kwatha, salasaradi Kwatha, asanadi yoga are some of the selected anti-diabetic Ayurvedic drugs.
These herbs decrease blood sugar level gradually if taken regularly. However, other associated symptoms like excessive thirst, hunger, urination, fatigue get subsided quickly.
Since these ayurvedic herbs and drugs produce no adverse effects when used for a prolonged period, they can be used safely until you become free from the disease and also to prevent the recurrence of the ailment.
These drugs should be used continuously along with the prescribed diet and physical exercise.
Rasayana (rejuvenating drugs)
Certain Rasayana drugs are used in specific diseases to promote the vitality in that particular disease. These drugs activate the glands producing hormones; boost immunity against the disease, mental competence, vitality and longevity of the body.
Shilajatu, Guggulu, Indian gooseberry, Bala, & garlic are best Rasayana for diabetes. These drugs can be taken daily EVEN without any prescription.
Ayurvedic purificatory treatment
Cleansing therapies like Pancakarma form an essential part for the treatment of metabolic disorders. It drains out the toxins in the body formed during years of our faulty lifestyle & diet.
If you are overweight, then cleansing therapies like emesis, purgation, & enema are performed after giving oleation treatment if you are weak and under-weight then nourishing therapies such as oil enema, oleation, intake of medicated oil or ghee.
What is the recommended Ayurvedic diet for diabetes?
Intake of wrong kinds of food at odd hours & in the improper environment is one of the primary causes of diabetes. Hence, to treat diabetes, just eating a healthy diet is not enough but has to eat it at the right time & in a proper way.
- Have a fiber-rich diet, vegetarian foods with no sugar & starch
Honey contains fructose, which is a form of sugar. In spite of being a sugar, it is very useful in diabetes. Honey is astringent and bitter. If natural & pure, honey has the potency to cure diabetes. But do not use honey with hot water or drinks.
- Add old harvested cereals like wheat, peas, maize, sorghum, bajra, wild Kodo millets, & especially barley. Barley reduces fat, checks frequent urination, & keeps your body organs healthy
- It’s best to eat a mixed flour made of equal quantity of barley, gram, soybean, wheat, and one-fourth part of fenugreek seeds
- Eat vegetables like bitter gourd, drumstick, cucumber, onion, garlic, snake gourd, aloe vera & fresh green leafy vegetables
- Try adding neem leaves, bael leaves, fenugreek, black pepper, turmeric, ginger, rock salt, & asafoetida to your vegetables
- Eat beans like Bengal gram, horse gram, green grams & pigeon peas.
Germinated black gram mixed with half a cup of bitter gourd juice & some honey, once a day is one of the most useful treatment for diabetes.
- Use cooking oils like sesame oil, linseed oil, wild castor oil
- Drink buttermilk mixed with powders of dry ginger, black pepper, & long pepper
- Eat fruits like wood apple, watermelon, grapes, Indian gooseberry, Indian blackberry, guava, orange. Avoid sweet fruits like banana, mango, custard apple, dates
- Mix one teaspoon each of turmeric & amla juice in warm water or warm milk twice a day. It prevents as well as cures diabetes
- Take a tablespoon of soaked fenugreek seeds overnight on an empty stomach regularly
Say no to all kinds of processed foods, refined breakfast cereals, white bread, white sugar, sweets, tuberous vegetables, vinegar, yogurt, pickles, cold drinks, ice cream, jams & jellies, candies & sweet sauces
Eat your meals only when you feel hungry, not just because of time. Do not take your food in a hurry & concentrate on your meal while eating. Do not sit or sleep after a meal but take a brisk walk.
Following these dietary rules prevents indigestion and elevating blood sugar levels.
What are the recommended Yoga postures for diabetes?
The practice of yoga, particularly Pranayama i.e., breath control exercises, is beneficial for attaining mental peace and relieving stress. Yoga postures help in better glucose utilization & reduce the requirement of drugs.
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- Nadi shodhana
- Anuloma – viloma
- Uddiyana bandha
- Bahari kumbhaka mula
- Ardha matsyasana
- Pawan muktasana
Practice these breathing exercises & yoga postures after clearing your bowels & gradually increase the time for each practice for up to 10 minutes per day.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle – A diabetes treatment
If you have diabetes, then avoid sitting & sleeping for longer intervals and indulge in some physical work every day. Never sleep during the day time.
Make your day more active by including physical exercise & yoga. Go for long walks, breathe in the fresh air, & try to live closer to nature.
Daily hard massage your body with dry powders like Triphala if you are overweight. Do oil massage if your joints and muscles are weak. It helps to reduce fat and kapha.
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Massage your feet and take special care of it to avoid any injuries. If there is any wound or ulcer, then apply Margosa based oils for faster healing.
Do not skip your meals and always eat on time. Take a healthy & low-calorie diet. Do not smoke, take alcohol, and eat alkaline & sour foods.
Diabetes – A huge health threat
Diabetes does not have a permanent cure. However, diabetes can be successfully treated and controlled with Ayurvedic remedies. If Ayurvedic measures are correctly followed, then one can lead a happy & healthy life.
To prevent diabetes, it is crucial to educate the people about various causative factors of diabetes, right lifestyle & diet. Undoubtedly, the golden principles of Ayurveda can halt the rising prevalence of diabetes worldwide.