Diabetes and Ayurveda
What is diabetes?
Our body cells are always in need of continuous energy and this energy is made from sugar/glucose which is supplied by a hormone known as “Insulin”. Diabetes occurs when our body doesn’t produce enough insulin or when our body is unable to make a proper use of insulin produced. Insulin is the carrier of glucose for our body cells. If our body doesn’t make a good use of the insulin, then level of glucose rises in the blood instead of reaching to the cells of the body and thus making the body cells starving of energy.
Too much of glucose level in the blood can result in serious damages to our kidneys, eyes and nerves. Diabetic persons are at more risk of having cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, angina or stroke.
Types of Diabetes
In general, there are three types of diabetes namely Type1 diabetes, Type2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes.
- Type1 Diabetes – In this type of diabetes, our body produces no or very little insulin.
- Type2 Diabetes – In this type of diabetes, although our body produces sufficient amount of insulin, it is unable to make a proper use of the insulin produced.
- Gestational Diabetes – In this type of diabetes, there is high blood sugar level during pregnancy. Women who develop gestational diabetes are at high risk of developing Type2 Diabetes.
- Sudden Weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Increase in hunger
- Slow healing of cuts
- Dry and itchy skin
- Blurred vision
Diabetes and Ayurveda
In Ayurveda diabetes is called as “Madhumeha”. According to Charak Samhita, it is a disease wherein a person passes honey like urine in excess quantity. Ayurveda emphasis on complete management, preventive ideas and changes in lifestyle to cure diabetes completely. Causes of Madhumeha includes hereditary inclination, bad eating habits, stress, physical inactivity. Ayurveda suggests two separate types of treatments for the complete cure of Diabetes Herbal Treatment and Treatment with Classical medicines according to the severity and condition of the person. In Ayurveda, Herbal and Classical treatments are not given together at the same time but in some cases and diseases, it is advisable to give both the treatments side-by-side according to the condition and severity of illness.
1 spoon Trifhala Powder – Made from equal mixture of harad(Terminalia Chebula), baheda(Terminalia Bellerica) and amla(Phyllanthus emblica).
1 spoon Methi dana (Fenugreek Seeds)
Mix both the above separately in two glasses of water (Do not use plastic or metal glass) Just after getting up in the morning and before going to washroom, firstly drink 10 sips of simple water then drink Methi dana water. After that chew all the Methi dana. After this drink the whole glass of Trifala water. Be sure not to eat or drink anything upto next 2 hours. Continue this treatment for 3 months then give a gap of 10 days and then repeat again for next 3 months till one year. After one year of this herbal treatment if your blood sugar level is completely under control, then reduce the quantity to half and leaving it gradually.
- Giloy Tablets – Take 2 tablets with 2 spoons of Aloe-Vera juice and 5 spoons of water in the morning empty stomach. Persons having gastric problem can use Gajwan Ark or Punarnava Ark or Saunf Ark in place of Aloe-Vera Juice.
- Madhumeantak / Madhunashini Vati – Take 1 tablet each in the morning, afternoon and evening after a gap of 45 minutes of meals with 2 spoons of Punarnava Ark or Jamun Sirka and 5 spoons of water.
- Shilajit Rasayana Vati – Take 1 tablet each in the morning, afternoon and evening after a gap of 45 minutes of meals with 2 spoons of Punarnava Ark or Jamun Sirka and 5 spoons of water.
- In the evening, take 5 spoons of Aloe-Vera juice and 3 spoons of giloy juice with 8 spoons of water before meals (upto 2 hours of gap)
Apart from Herbal or Classical treatments we must adopt some following changes in our lifestyle to get rid of diabetes
A diabetic person should avoid intake of food items like – Potato, Sulphur Sugar, Vanaspati Ghee(Hydrogenated Vegetable Cooking Oil), Pickles, Tea, Spices, Cold Water, Soyabean, Urad Dal(Black Gram Lentils), Wheat Products, Sugar-cane.
Diabetic persons should consume food items like – Small-sized millets(Ragi and Brainyard), Gram Flour, Jamun Fruit, Moong Dal Chilka(Split Green Gram), Tuar Dal Chilka(Split Pigeon Peas).
During lunch, make a paste of Ginger(1/4 of an inch), Garlic(1 clove), Onion(1/2 piece). Add lemon and black pepper according to taste and eat during lunch.
Always drink water after a gap of 1 – 1.5 hours of meal.
Once in a weak do this traditional therapy – Grate 2 fresh Karelas (bitter-gourds) and apply them in your plastic/rubber boots. Go for a walk till your tongue feels the bitter taste of Karelas. Come back to home and wipe your feet with a towel and massage with mustard oil.
Always add 2 small spoons of ghee(made from the milk of desi cow) in your meal in raw form.
Do not mix fruits with lunch. If feel like eating fruits then skip lunch completely and eat only fruits.
Consume Kutki (Binomial Name – Picrorhiza kurroa) – take 1 inch stem of kutki and suck it during walk. After 1-2 hours chew it and swallow it completely with water.
Sunlight – If possible, sit or relax for 30 minutes daily under direct sunlight.
Massage – Oil massage is also said to be very effective in diabetes.
Apply 2 drops of ghee(made from the milk of desi cow) in each nostril before sleeping.
Neem-Honey – Consume 1 spoon once or twice in a week.
Stevia – Use Stevia(Sweet Tulasi) as an alternate to sugar.
Daily Walk – go for a walk on daily basis. In Ayurveda, it is clearly mentioned that if a diabetic person walks for 800 kms in a year along with the ayurvedic treatment then diabetes will be completely cured.
Note : Do not stop allopathic treatment instantly. Give your body time to respond to the Ayurvedic treatment. After getting positive signs and consulting your physician, you can reduce the dosage slowly.