Diet modification: The first step for the ayurvedic treatment of diabetes is that, it is necessary to modify diet, which includes reduced intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates, and emphasizes on complex carbohydrates. Protein intake should be decreased as higher intake can damage the kidneys. Fat intake should be limited as digestion of fat becomes difficult in these patients due to deficiency of other pancreatic enzymes. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, orange, lemons, bitter fruits and herbs.
Panchakarma: Many diabetics have antibodies against their own pancreatic tissue (auto antibodies), hence the cleansing program Panchakarma is used to clean the auto antibodies. This includes herbal massages, herbal steam sauna, and fasting to cleanse the body. Following these a herbal purge for the liver, pancreas, and spleen is given. Lastly colon therapy is given to cleanse the digestive tract and then to reorganize the system.
Exercise and yoga: Physical exercise, breathing exercises and yoga are used for ayurvedic treatment of diabetes.
Herbs: Several herbal remedies for treatment of diabetes are used by ayurveda practitioners. Shilajit, gudmar turmeric, neem, amalaki, guggul, and arjuna are the most important herbal remedies for treatment of diabetes. Turmeric along with aloe-vera gel is effective in the early stages of diabetes for regulating function of pancrease and liver.
Studies have shown that herbs such as Coccinia indica, holy basil, fenugreek, and Gymnema Sylvester and the herbal formulas Ayush-82 and D-400 have glucose-lowering effect.
Some of the commonly used Ayurvedic herbal remedies for diabetes mellitus are
Bitter gourd or bitter lemon juice taken everyday in empty stomach.
Turmeric capsules: 2 capsules daily thrice a day.
Rose apple stones powder taken twice daily.
Fenugreek, musta, Arjuna, triphala, ajwan, haritaki mixed with ghee taken daily.
Amlaki powder, haldi powder with honey, taken twice daily.
These remedies lower the blood sugar and mostly decrease the need for insulin and other allopathic medicines to control blood sugar.
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