There are numerous herbs that are proven beneficial in treating diabetes. But, this does not imply that one can discontinue the usage of insulin or other medications. Based on the individualistic nature of diabetic symptoms, patients who are interested in herbal treatments can locate a qualified registered medical herbalist, rather than self-medicate with herbs. This article points out a few herbs that help in treating diabetes effectively.
Gymnema (Gymnema Sylvestre) “ is a common herb useful in treating Diabetes Type 1 and 2. Gymnema stimulates the Pancreas to produce more insulin. A constituent found in the herb, Gymnemic acid, acts on the tongue receptors blocking their ability to sense sweetness, so that the intake of sweets which worsens the condition, gets curbed. However, this occurs only when the herb is chewed directly before eating the sweet. This does not happened when Gymnema is consumed in capsule form.
Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia) “ Also known as Balsam Pear, is used widely as a folk medicine for remedy of Diabetes. The ability of the fresh extract or juice of bitter melon to lower blood sugar levels has been clearly proved in clinical studies and experiments. Bitter Melon, comprises of various compounds such as such as Charantin, which is often used in diabetic treatment. It also contains polypeptide-P, and insulin-like polypeptide, which when injected into a type 1 diabetic patient, helps in lowering blood sugar levels. Even administration of bitter melon juice (50-60ml) has shown excellent results. However, excessively high doses should be avoided as it is might lead to diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) “ As per modern research, this ancient spice apart from lowering blood glucose, also reduces cholesterol, insulin levels, triglycerides, while also increasing the good cholesterol levels. The fenugreek seeds, which constitute fifty percent fiber, delays glucose absorption by small intestine, thereby lowering blood sugar. In the opinion of experts, all diabetics can use fenugreek, as part of their regular diet. Fenugreek also helps indigestion and reduces inflammation safely.
Bilberry (Vaccinum myrtillusi) “ The leaves and fruit of the bilberry herb carry flavonoids, which strengthen the capillaries, and prevents their damage. As long-term diabetes leads to damage in the small blood vessels of kidneys, fingers, toes, or the eyes, bilberry is recommended. Myrtillin, found in bilberries, has an anti-hyperglycemic effect, as research indicates that even a single dose has long-lasting effects.
Asian Ginseng “ is used as a traditional Chinese medicine for treating diabetes. The herb increases the insulin release from Pancreas, and also increases the number of insulin receptors. It has a direct effect in lowering blood sugar. Recent studies indicate that about 200mg of Ginseng extract every day, helped in regulating blood sugar levels, and improved energy levels in patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
As the human body is adapted to heal itself, taking advantage of natures medicinal gifts could go a long way in maintaining good health.