Diabetes mellitus, or what we normally call diabetes, is a disease of the metabolism which causes excess blood sugar levels. The hormone known as insulin breaks down and transports sugar from your blood into your cells to be collected and then used for energy when required. When afflicted with diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin on its own or it can’t efficiently use the insulin it does make because of its poor quality.
If untreated, then excess levels of sugar in the blood can cause damage to nerves, eyes, heart, kidneys and various other ancillary organs
How Do I Know If I Have Diabetes?
It is always recommended to consult the doctor even if you have the slightest doubts regarding your health, diabetes kills nearly 1.5 million people each year and should not be taken lightly.
General symptoms of diabetes include:
- Sudden and Abnormal Weight Loss
- Increased Thirst
- Extreme Abnormal Fatigue
- Sores that don’t heal quick
- Increased Recovery Times
- Frequent Urination
- Poor Bladder Control
- Blurry Vision
- Increased Hunger
If you feel any of these, it is recommended to visit and consult the doctor immediately.
What Can I Do About It?
Ayurved remedies have extensive knowledge about diabetes and rather than just curing its symptoms Ayurvedic remedies help “cure diabetes” itself. While there is no widespread cure for diabetes, but with the correct steps and help, diabetes is known to go into remission to an extent where it is virtually cured. While medications and drugs help to a varying degree, there is no better cure than what you can cook up right inside your home. These natural cures have no chemical side effects to worry about nor do they have any drawbacks, unlike those tablets and capsules.
Here are a list of herbs and ways to use them to help control your diabetes and sugar levels
1. Sadabahar –
Sadabahar, commonly also known as periwinkle is a therapeutic and medicinal plant found natively in India. The flower itself and its leaves of this evergreen shrub are known to be very effective and helpful in treating Type 2 diabetes. This herb is also useful in healing other health conditions like malaria, and sore throats.
How to consume: One can munch on a few freshly picked leaves of Sadabahar every morning to control and reduce blood sugar levels naturally. An alternate way to consume it is by boiling a few Sadabahar flowers in a cup of water and then drinking it every morning as soon as they wake up before eating anything.
2. Gurmar –
Gurmar contains within itself, compounds like gurmarin and flavanols, which are very useful in managing sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes. Gurmar is a famous ayurvedic herb and used in treating a wide range of conditions like constipation, cough, and allergies.
How to consume: Eat one teaspoon of crushed and powdered Gurmar leaves mixed with water in the morning, about an hour before having your meal.
3. Vijaysar –
Vijaysar is another wonderful Ayurvedic herb that is shown to have reduced blood sugar levels. Vijaysar is rich in anti-hyperlipidemic compounds that aid in reducing the levels of cholesterol within the body. Aside from this, Vijaysar has also shown to reduce the symptoms of diabetes such as overeating, frequent urination, and burning sensations in the limbic system.
How to consume: Vijaysar is one exception where you can not consume it directly, tumblers and chalices made using the Vijaysar plant are widely accessible in online marketplaces, All one needs to do is add a cup of water in the chalice and leave it overnight and drink it first thing in the morning. It is as easy as that.
4. Giloy –
Leaves of the Giloy plant are quite useful in regulating blood sugar levels and reducing other symptoms of diabetes. Giloy also helps to enhance and increase the strength of the immune system and the antioxidants present in it, reduce the number of damaging free radicals.
How to consume: Blend and mix a teaspoon of Giloy powder within a glass of water and leave it overnight and drink it early in the morning on an empty stomach
5. Jamun –
Jamun seeds stimulate the secretion of insulin and essentially play the role of insulin in the body and are wonderful and very beneficial for people afflicted with diabetes. Jamun seeds also decrease the risk of kidney failure and dysfunction, a very common symptom of prolonged diabetes and accelerate the recovery times which are often reduced in diabetics.
6. Paneer Ke Phool –
Paneer Ke Phool is a flower in the Solanaceae family which is often found in India and used in a variety of medications in Ayurveda. The fruits borne by the plant are sweet in taste and are sedative in nature and have diuretic properties. Paneer Ke Phool is said to combat nervous exhaustion, asthma, insomnia, and even diabetes.
7. Banaba –
It is commonly known as the Queen’s flower; it decreases blood sugar levels as well as enables the transport of glucose into cells and reduces the number of triglycerides in the body
How to consume: Tea made with the leaves of Banaba is used for patients with diabetes as well as for weight loss. Banaba leaves are able to lower blood sugar due to the presence of the acid triterpenoid glycoside in it and other various phytochemicals.
Implementing all these remedies into your life will surely help reduce and decrease your blood sugar levels, and if not reduce then at least help you bring it in controllable levels. However, it is advisable to consult with your general physician before making major dietary changes in case of allergies or any unforeseeable side effects. It is also very important to make sure that the herbs you source are from reliable retailers and sellers as poor and low-quality herbs may sometimes be toxic for your health and may cause intense allergies.