In the ancient texts of Ayurveda, Diabetes (described as Prameha) is mentioned as one of the diseases affecting the rich and the affluent. The authors might have been of the impression that it is only the rich and the elite of the society live a life of abundance, gluttony, pleasure and rank physical inactivity borne out of laziness. However, in today’s world we now know that Type II Diabetes has a reach across the full spectrum of the society and knows no class or race. It, along with obesity and cardiovascular diseases has become the number one malady arising out of poor lifestyle and food habits.
Lack of physical activity, improper diet, and stress have all contributed to the growth of diabetes. There are 77 million diabetics in India, which is on its way to becoming the diabetes capital of the order. It is important to treat diabetes promptly. Ayurveda treatment for diabetes offers a holistic approach with lifestyle changes and the use of herbal medicines that are safe and natural.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body fails to utilize the glucose produced at the end of digestion, leading to increased glucose level in the blood serum and urine. During the process of digestion, the carbohydrate in the consumed food is broken down into glucose. Glucose is important because it provides energy for the cells. To make use of this glucose for energy, a hormone named insulin is needed. People having Diabetes mellitus don’t have sufficient insulin production in their body or the insulin produced is not used for conversion of glucose into energy. Due to this, the glucose levels in the body increases in the blood damaging the blood vessels of vital organs like heart, kidneys, eyes or the nervous system. This can lead to complications like heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and can even suffer from stroke.
In Ayurveda, Prameha refers to urinary abnormality. There are twenty types of Prameha and Madhumeha, commonly known as Diabetes mellitus, is one of them.
Ayurvedic treatments for diabetes range from internal, herbal medications to purifying Panchakarma procedures such as Vamana, Virechana, Vasti etc., based on the severity of the condition. These natural remedies are intended to enhance insulin sensitivity of type – 4 glucose receptors thus reducing insulin resistance, and also to enhance insulin secretion and regeneration of beta cells.
Yoga helps in controlling diabetes. This is mainly because Yoga keeps a check on the causes of Diabetes. Stress and obesity are main causes that can lead to Diabetes. Regular yoga practice with meditation reduces stress and slows down the fat accumulation in the body. Pranayam, surya namaskar, balasana, vajrasana, sarvangasana, halasana, dhanurasana are few of the postures that are effective.
Customized Kerala therapies as prescribed by our doctors, regular yoga and physical exercise, individually tailored low carbohydrate diet and low stress level in day-to-day life goes a long way in maintaining normal blood glucose level.
The treatment of diabetes in Ayurveda calls for dietary changes that can help control blood glucose levels. The dietary recommendations suggested for the Ayurvedic treatment for diabetic patients include:
The Ayurvedic treatment for Type II Diabetes involves the use of herbal remedies that can help control blood glucose levels. Some of the popular herbs used in diabetes treatment in Ayurveda include:
There are a variety of tried and tested classical formulations as well as proprietary formulas that can help reverse this metabolic disorder if discovered early. Ayurvedagram offers an authentic ayurvedic approach to help manage diabetes with a dedicated team of ayurvedic experts and counsellors. Reach out to us to know more.
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