Topic of the Month
Termed `Madhumeha' in Ayurveda, its incidence is
higher amongst the older and the obese. Originating from an
absolute or relative lack of insulin, it gives way to
abnormalities in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and
fat in the body. Characterised by abnormally high levels of
blood glucose and its subsequent excretion through urine.
Constant feeling of hunger and thirst.
Quick exhaustion. Drowsiness. Low sexual urge.
Possible anemia, constipation, itching around
genital organs, palpitation.
Slow healing of wounds.
Overeating and consequent obesity
Excessive intake of sugar and refined
Overloading of proteins and fats which get
converted into sugar if taken in excess.
Excessive tension, worry, anxiety & grief
Herbs which is useful :
Gurmar Leaves (Gymnema Sylvestre )
Its common name is "sugar destroyer", because chewing the leaves
destroys the ability to discriminate the sweetness of foods. The
primary clinical application for this botanical is as an
Gymnema's anti-diabetic activity appears to be due to a
combination of mechanisms. It appears to greatly increase the
number of insulin-secreting beta cells in the pancreas, while
returning blood sugar levels to near normal. It increases the
activity of enzymes responsible for glucose uptake and utilization
Neem (Azadirachta indica)
Neem can be helpful in Kapha and Pitta conditions but may
exacerbate Vata problems. Neem being bitter, stomachic,
antipruritic, tonic and revitaliser works wonders in this disease.
Neem leaf is a traditional herb for treating diabetes and has been
scientifically proven effective in treating and preventing
diabetes. One tablespoon ( 5 ml) of Neem leaves juice taken daily
in morning on empty stomach for 3 months is helpful in diabetes.
10 Neem leaves chewed or powder taken daily in morning also
Karela (Momordica charantia)
bitter gourd is specifically used as a folk medicine for diabetes.
The juice of karela with seeds or the cooked vegetable is
beneficial for diabetics. This helps to reduce sugar levels in the
blood as well as in the urine. If you choose to have this drink,
it is advisable to do so on an empty stomach or before meals.
Several researches proved that it contains a hypoglycaemic or
insulin-like principle, designated as 'plant-insulin', which has
been found highly beneficial in lowering the blood and urine sugar
Nayantatra (Vinca rosa)
plant has recently been shown to be an effective treatment for
Chewed, the fresh leaves alleviate toothache. As a poultice,
periwinkle relieves piles and ulcerated skin. The fresh stem
alleviates cramp when split and applied to the affected part. But
it's primary treatment in diabetes and there is evidence of anti-tumour
Lifestyle Solutions :
Lifestyle: Don't indulge in day-time sleep.
Should take care not to injure yourself as you
take time to heal. As a result, there is a possibility of the
wound becoming septic.
Should take adequate eye care as the disease
in serious condition might affect the eye.
If you are afflicted by any other disease, you
should take prompt actions since you lack resistance.
Avoid sugar in any form-rice, potato, banana,
cereals & fruits containing high percentage of sugar content.
Do away with fatty stuff.
Go for the following low-calorie, low-fat
alkaline diet of high quality natural foods.
Seeds: Paslane seeds .Seeds of bitter
gourd & Fenugreek
Vegetables: Bitter Gourd, string beans,
cucumber, onion, garlic
Fruits: Indian Gooseberry, Jambul Fruit, Grape
Grains: Bengal gram, black gram.
Dairy Products: Home-made cottage cheese and
various forms of soured milk such as curd and butter milk.
Emphasis should be on raw vegetables & herbs as
they play a part in stimulating the pancreas and enhancing
Ayurvedic Supplements :