Ayurvedic, Herbal and Alternative Therapies for tackling Diabetes

In Ayurveda, Diabetes is a kapha disorder caused due to low agni (digestive fire). It offers a variety of treatments, such as the following, which could be followed under the guidance of a qualified ayurvedic practitioner.

Diet

  • Include turmeric in your daily diet. It could be taken alone, or in combination with aloe vera gel and ground bay leaf.
  • Follow a pacifying diet, and include fenugreek seeds, Bitter gourd, garlic, onion, cinnamon as a regular part of diet and avoid sweets.
  • Participate in a supervised ˜Panchakarma programme. (Panchakarma is a gift of Ayurveda that not only stops complications, but also prevents amputation of diabetic foot)

Somatic Practices

  • Polarity Therapy, Reflexology and Oriental bodywork therapies could be considered, as they help in balancing energies, and reducing stress.

Herbal Therapy

  • Garlic – helps stabilize blood sugar. Check with your healthcare practitioner for the right dosage of garlic capsules to be taken.
  • Ginseng “ Chinese Herbal Therapy makes use of Ginseng in regulating blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. ‘Rehmannia Six Combination’ and ‘Major Four Herbs Formula’ may also be useful, but, a prior diagnosis will be required.
  • Bilberry “ Helps lower diabetic complications such as cataract and retinopathy.

Caution: Few herbs are known to affect blood sugar levels, resulting in considerable variation in insulin requirements. This variation could lead to a condition know as ˜diabetic coma or ˜insulin shock. Hence diabetic patients should take necessary precautions and take herbal preparations ˜only under close medical supervision.

Acupuncture/ Acupressure:

  • Acupuncture has been proven to control stress, which in turn has an impact on the patients blood sugar level. Acupuncture helps boost overall immunity, strengthens organs which may otherwise be compromised by diabetes. The practitioner works on points associated with kidneys, bladder, pancreas, spleen, and related organs.
  • Acupressure could be used to control diabetes-related symptoms such as cramps, fatigue and menstrual problems. Applying pressure to specific bladder points will help stimulate functioning of liver and pancreas, enabling the body to cope better with diabetes.

Yoga/Meditation

Yoga, meditation and breathing exercises helps in improving blood circulation, enhances digestion and helps in coping better with diabetes. Practicing certain postures such as the Sun Salutation, Chest-Knee posture, Leg Lift posture, Peacock posture and Locust posture, as a part of daily routine, is also beneficial.