Home Remedies for Diabetes

The home remedies for diabetes stated below in some cases could control latent diabetes, and in others complement orthodox drug treatment so as to lower the total drug intake.

Anyone who is on herbal treatment needs to get his blood sugar checked periodically so that the drug regimen and herb regimen is balanced and the blood sugar does not fall and precipitate another crisis called hypoglycemia - low blood sugar.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a disorder where there is metabolic dysfunction resulting in an accumulation of sugar in the blood.Normally all thye food we eat ,especially carbohydrates, are digested and metabolized in the gastrointestinal tract, and broken down into simple sugar, to be assimilated, used or stored.

At all times, there is a particular level that exists in the blood, to deliver glucose for energy needs. A rise/ fall in this level can give rise to life-threatening problems.

Causes and Symptoms

o Inadequate insulin, a hormone which is produced by a gland called the pancreas which metabolizes sugar and maintains an optimum glucose level in the blood for energy needs.

o It can also be due to the failure of the body to utilise adequately the insulin produced.

o The interplay of the other hormones that indirectly influence the metabolism and utilization of sugar, e.g., the thyroid, adrenals and pituitary glands.

o The over-production of another hormone from the pancreas which has an effect opposite to that of insulin.

O Viral or bacterial infection or some environmental toxins which damage the pancreas.

o A genetic predisposition to diabetes.

o The latest finding is that mental or physical stress also causes diabetes or acts as a catalyst in the case of a pre-existing dormant predilection to diabetes.

The main symptoms of diabetes are excessive thirst and appetite, and increased frequency of urination. Other symptoms include wounds not healing, boils, itching in the vulva area, diminishing eyesight, general weakness, etc.

Remedies

Some home remedies for diabetes are-

o The Jambul tree heads the anti-diabetic herbal drug list. Numerous scientific studies have been carried out to confirm this. o The seeds of the Jambul have a distinct anti-diabetic action.

Dry its seeds, grind, powder and store them. One-fourth teaspoon of this powder, taken every morning with a teaspoon of honey, helps to check the excessive conversion of starches into sugar and also helps the inherent insulin in the body utilise sugar better.

The jambul pulp per se does not exhibit any significant anti-diabetic action. However, the seeds can bring the blood sugar down by 20 per cent.

O Jambul-seed powder can also be taken with milk. A teaspoon with half a cup of milk, taken morning and evening, is beneficial and very effective home remedies for diabetes.

O Take equal amounts of Jambul-seed powder and some home-ground turmeric powder. (The ones sold in the market are processed and lose some of its properties. The rhizome should be dried and powdered) Half a teaspoon of this mixtureshould be taken with buttermilk or honey twice a day.

O The bark of the Jambul tree also has anti- diabetic properties but not as much as the seed. The inner bark of the tree can be dried,burnt to an ash and stored. One level teaspoon of this ash, taken on an empty stomach, and a similar amount an hour after the afternoon and evening meals,helps sugar to metabolize and maintains optimum blood sugar levels conducive to health.

Meals should not be missed and should be balance. o Indian gooseberry: Indian gooseberry plays a vital role in containing diabetes. Take dried Indian gooseberry powder, turmeric and fenugreek-seed powders in equal quantities.

Mix and store it. A teaspoon of this mixture taken thrice a day with water is beneficial for early diabetes - keeps it in check.

o Take a tablespoon of fresh Indian gooseberry juice, a teaspoon of fresh lime juice, a teaspoon of honey, and add these to a cupful of water. Have every morning on an empty stomach.

o Dried Indian gooseberry powder: Soak a tablespoon in a cup of water. Next morning filter it. Add half a cup of water, a pinch of ground black pepper and a tablespoon of fresh lime juice to it. Have early in the morning on an empty stomach. This is effective home remedies for diabetes.

o Bitter gourd is a very popular vegetable in Indian cuisine. Methods for its preparation are varied, but by and large, all the ingredients used help the body utilize sugar well. However, for those with diabetes, having the juice of two large or 3-4 small bitter gourds i.e., about one-third of a cupful daily in the morning, is beneficial.

The juice should be extracted from the whole vegetable, including the skin, seeds, inner pulp, etc. Tender green bitter gourds should be cut into small pieces and completely dried in the shade. When dry, powder them fine and store them. A teaspoon should be taken in the morning and evening for at least 3-4 months.

It is advised that a constitution identification be done by an expert Ayurveda physician first, as an excess could cause either vomiting or diarrhoea. Besides, some skin aliments already present, not related to the diabetic condition, could get worse. It is wrongly believed that drinking bitter gourd juice cures all skin aliments.

o Two teaspoons of fresh bitter gourd-leaf juice, taken with a large pinch of ground asafoetida every morning, is a lesser-known home remedies for diabetes.

o Alternatively, a tablespoon of fresh Indian gooseberry juice, mixed with a tablespoon of fresh bitter gourd juice, taken early in the morning, is also effective.


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