Diabetes is defined as increased blood glucose level due to insufficient insulin production, or disturbed mechanism of insulin or both together. It is a chronic metabolic disorder with multiple adverse effects on eyes, kidneys, pancreas, digestive system, etc.
Ayurveda describes 20 types of diabetes (termed as prameha in Sanskrit). Out of the 20, last 4 types can be correlated to the condition termed as diabetes mellitus and diabetes incipidus by modern science. While the others can be correlated to the pre-diabetic or high risk zone of diabetes.
Modern medicine provides with management of the disorder with external help of insulin injections or hypoglycemic drugs, which is very helpful to control the blood sugar levels, however does not do much to treat the disease from its roots. This is where Ayurveda can help you along modern medication or even reverse increased blood sugar levels in the initial stages of the disease.
According to Ayurveda
- Improper dietary and lifestyle habits
- Lack of exercise
- Smoking, alcohol consumption and other such addictions
- Poor digestion
- Hereditary cause
- Excessive and nocturnal urination (polyuria)
- Excessive thirst (polydispepsia) and hunger (polyphagia)
- Chronic fatigue
- Sweet taste in your mouth
- Fluctuations in weight
The holistic approach of diabetes is based on 4 limbs of Ayurveda i.e. herbal remedies, yoga, detoxification and diet and lifestyle recommendations.
After detailed consultation with the Ayurvedic consultant a herbal combination is prepared using herbs like haridra (Curcuma longa), neem (Azadirecta indica), karela (Momordica charantia), musta(Cyperus rotundus), daruharidra (Berberis aristata), arjun (Terminalia arjuna), khadir (Acacia catechu), lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), gudduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), patol (Trichosanthes dioica), jambu (Syzygium javanicum) etc.
This customized herbal medication is prepared considering your individual body constitution, stage of the diabetes, climatic conditions, and diet & lifestyle habits along with your other health issues.
Diet and lifestyle recommendation
Diabetes is lifestyle associated disorder. According to Ayurveda the first line of treatment to any disease is to rule out and stop the influence of causative factors. This helps to stop the break the pathology even more effectively.
Food stuff which aggravates diabetes are slowly replaced which helps to control the glucose levels and disease. Over consumption of bakery products like bread, yogurt, biscuits, etc, fermented food, overindulgence of meat and sea food, etc aggravates the condition. Whereas food stuffs like barley, mung, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc are helpful in diabetic condition.
Detoxification is advised when necessary by the Ayurvedic consultant to flush out toxins out of your body. This multiplies the effect of the medications and also helps to restore the disturbed equilibrium of the body. Medicated emesis, Medicated purgation or Herbal enemas are suggested after consultation, considering the stage of the disease.
Ayurveda body therapies
Therapies like Abhyanga (relaxing full body massage), Mardana (Deep tissue massage), Pindasweda (herbal poultice massage), Shiroabhyanga (head neck and shoulder massage), etc are also suggested, which helping de-stressing thus acting on the root cause of the disease.
Yoga postures and breathing techniques
Yoga postures like setubandhasana, balasana, pachimotasana, vajrasana,sarvangasana, dhanurasana, chakrasana, ardha matsyendriyasana, etc help to keep control blood sugar levels and accelerate the pancreases in production of insulin. It also helps in metabolism of insulin and improves digestion resolving many other health issues. Thus it increases your energy and fitness levels.
Breathing techniques or pranayam such as kapalbhati, anulom-villom, bhramari, etc help in doing the same. This is how reversal of the disorder takes place depending on how well you follow our advice with regular follow up
If diabetes is diagnosed and treated in its early stages the chances of reversal of the condition and patient may also get free from the disease. Even in the chronic or late stage the disease threshold can be reduced and the frequency and intensity of diabetes is brought under control