Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies To Manage Diabetes
In this blog post, we will explore 8 effective herbs from an Ayurvedic perspective to help manage diabetes.
Diabetes has become a prevalent health issue worldwide and its management has become a top priority for many individuals. While conventional medicine offers various treatment options, Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, provides a holistic approach to managing diabetes. Ayurveda focuses on balancing the body, mind, and spirit to achieve overall well-being.
This journey is not about quick fixes or miracle pills; it’s about making sustainable lifestyle changes. The first step is to replace unhealthy habits, such as starting your day with tea and biscuits, with natural, health-promoting practices. Let’s explore the natural truths that can make prediabetes reversal a reality.
1. Bitter Gourd (Karela):
Bitter gourd is known for its blood sugar-lowering properties. It helps improve insulin secretion and utilization, thus aiding in diabetes management. Consuming bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach every morning can be highly beneficial. Alternatively, you can include bitter gourd in your diet by adding it to curries or salads.
2. Cinnamon (Dalchini):
Cinnamon is a popular spice that can help regulate blood sugar levels. It improves insulin sensitivity and reduces fasting blood sugar levels. You can consume half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder mixed with warm water or sprinkle it on your meals to reap its benefits.
3. Fenugreek (Methi):
Fenugreek seeds are rich in soluble fiber and have hypoglycemic effects. Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and drink the water in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also include fenugreek seeds in your cooking or consume fenugreek powder mixed with warm water.
4. Indian Gooseberry (Amla):
Indian gooseberry is a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamin C. It helps regulate blood sugar levels and improves pancreatic function. Consuming amla juice or including it in your diet can be beneficial for managing diabetes.
5. Holy Basil (Tulsi):
Holy basil leaves have anti-diabetic properties and help lower blood sugar levels. Chew a few basil leaves daily on an empty stomach or drink basil tea regularly to control diabetes.
6. Turmeric (Haldi):
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-lowering properties. Including turmeric in your cooking or consuming turmeric powder mixed with warm milk can be beneficial for diabetes management.
7. Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar):
Gymnema Sylvestre is known as the “sugar destroyer” and helps reduce sugar cravings. It also improves insulin production and utilization. Consuming Gymnema Sylvestre tea or taking it in supplement form can aid in diabetes management.
Neem leaves have blood-purifying properties and help regulate blood sugar levels. Chew a few neem leaves daily or drink neem tea regularly to keep diabetes in check.
Practising yoga asanas and meditation can help reduce stress levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Regularly practising yoga and meditation can have a positive impact on diabetes management.
It is important to note that these home remedies should be used in conjunction with prescribed medication and under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. Also, maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep is crucial for effective diabetes management.
In conclusion, Ayurveda offers a range of home remedies to help manage diabetes. These remedies focus on balancing the body and improving overall health. Incorporating these Ayurvedic practices into your daily routine, along with medical supervision, can contribute to better diabetes control and overall well-being. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.
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Blog Author: Dr Rajeshree Mehta
Expert Review: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd
Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only. Please consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before trying or consuming any medicines, home remedies or treatments mentioned in this blog. The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.