‘You will surely suffer from diabetes soon if you eat so much sugar!’
The most common thing one hears when eating too many sugar-infused foods. Since many of us are not properly educated about Diabetes; it is a rare knowledge that this disease is not directly linked to the quantity of sugar intake. In fact, a diet high in excess calories from any source contributes to weight gain, which is a risk factor for diabetes.
Off lately, Diabetes has become one of the major killers in the world. Also known as Diabetes Mellitus, the common occurrence of the disease can be contributed to the lifestyle and diet changes in the people. In scientific terms, it is a chronic metabolic disorder that disrupts the body’s ability to use glucose properly thus resulting in hyperglycemia and glycosuria.
There are three types of Diabetes:
- Type I diabetes which is believed to be related to genes or environmental virus and auto-immune system. It can be found mostly in children and young adults.
- Type II is the most common one found in all diabetic patients. It is referred to when a body does not utilize insulin properly.
- Gestational diabetes occurs only during pregnancy. Though disappeared after pregnancy, it increases the chances of type II in the mothers.
In Ayurveda, the disorder was described over 5000 years ago by an Ayurvedic Physician, Charaka. It is recognized as Prameha which means excess urination or Madhumeha that is the flow of sugar from the body.
So what causes Diabetes?
According to Ayurveda, poor nutrition, poor digestion, physical and mental stress are key reasons for diabetes. Imbalance of all the doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha cause diseases and the best way to treat any disorder are gaining back the balance in the body. Also, as per the body types, the ones suffering from Prameha are of two types – Sthula or obese and Krisha or lean. Therefore, the therapies are given to diabetic sufferers also differ according to their body type. Sthula Pramehi is treated with Shodhana Therapy also known as purification method whereas Krisha Pramehi is given Brimhana Therapy or nutrition treatment.
Along with that, body constitution is taken into consideration. In Sthula Pramehi, dosha predominance determines the treatment. For eg., People with Kapha should perform emetics, and those with elevated Pitta levels should opt for purgatives. In Krisha Pramehi, the patients are given oral medications and diet regulations to increase the dhatus in the body.
How to treat Diabetes?
Ahara, Vihara and Aushadh – three key elements that will help to curb diabetes.
Ahara, translated as food, is more than just calories, proteins, fats and vitamins. In Ayurveda, the objective of our diet is to decrease the aggravated doshas. Hence many Vedic gurus suggest consumption of barley, bitter and astringent vegetables, and pulses like Adhaki, Kulattha, Chanaka, and Mudga.
Physical activities or exercise refers to Vihara. In ancient Ayurvedic texts, it is said that one of the prime reasons for the onset of diabetes in your body is lack of exercise. Physical activities help in carbohydrate metabolism and lower the sugar levels by burning the peripheral glucose in the body. Ayurvedic physician Charaka taking part in strenuous exercises immediately helps in relieving or preventing the symptoms of Prameha. After sweating out, for best results, one can apply a paste of Khas, dalchini, agar, elachi and Chandana all over the body and take a bath with medicated water.
Like every other disease, coping with diabetes too need some medications or drugs. Aushadh means herbal drugs used in the Ayurvedic treatment of diabetes are bitter, astringent and pungent in taste.
Ayurvedic treatment of Diabetes
Along with the above-mentioned ways of fighting against the sugar levels in your body, the patient can undergo Panchakarma or the five purification process. Often, the toxins in the body can hamper the balance of the doshas altogether. These toxins need to be loosened up by preparatory oil massage called Snehana and steam therapy of Swedhana.
Once this stage is completed successfully, it means that the body is now ready for the cleansing process. One needs to take therapeutic practices like enema (Basti), purgatives (Virechana), emetics (Vamana), nasal medication (Nasyam) and blood cleansing (Rakta Mokshan).
Panchakarma is a better treatment for Type II diabetes as per the doctor’s expertise. For obese patients, the preparatory practice of Swedhana acts best and aggravates Pitta. It is believed that obese diabetics can manage all the physical stress the body undergoes during the detoxification process and benefit to the most by the therapies. However, the lean type patients with excessive Vata are advisable to not indulge in Panchakarma. For them, the preferable method is to focus more on Ahara, Vihara and Aushadh to increase the dhatus.
Natural home remedies for Diabetes
Partaking in Ayurvedic treatments is definitely the major way to control diabetes. However, sometimes tiny precautions taken in our daily lives too can make a huge difference.
- Simmer 1 litre of water for 20 minutes on a low flame. Add 3 teaspoons of cinnamon powder and strain the mixture. Drink this mixture every day.
- Crush the shell and seeds of bitter gourds and extract the juice out of it. Best to drink it every morning on an empty stomach.
- Soak 4 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in 250 ml of water overnight. In the morning crush them and strain the mixture. Regularly drink it for 2 months.
We suggest you take a few minutes out of your day and follow the above mention simple home remedies to keep the glucose levels in the limit.