Ayurveda & Diabetes

By: Sara Barulli

November 02, 2020

Ayurvedic medicine has been with us for centuries. Over 3,000 years ago this form of treatment found its origins in India, and remains, until date, the main care system of the country, making it one of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. The Ayurvedic practice is based on the approach that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.

Ayurvedic medicine approaches health and disease in a completely different way than traditional Western methods, looking to nature as a source of healing.

Today the government of India as well as many other global institutes support Ayurveda and continued research on the treatment it offers. While not as widely studied as Western medicines, millions of patients and practitioners around the world swear by it.

Generally speaking, Ayurveda treats the patient through the use of special diets & herbal compounds, designed to promote health and a better sense of well-being.

What Advice does Ayurveda Have for People With Type 2 Diabetes?

Over 420 million individuals around the world have type 2 diabetes. This condition is not only serious but a lifelong affliction.

Type 2 diabetes comes from the inability of the body to use insulin, resisting the insulin produced by its own pancreas. There are many common problems or symptoms related to the condition: frequent urination, fatigue, cuts and other skin injuries that are slow to heal, changes in vision, just to name a few.

Diet is known to play an important role in maintaining health, and Ayurveda recommends patients to limit foods that are high in carbohydrates, to eat whole grain foods when possible, and to stay away from fat. It’s recommended that over half the daily diet should consist of vegetables. Smoking, alcohol and lack of sleep also can worsen the condition and are not advised.

At the same time, too much protein can put an excessive strain on the kidneys. Although vegetables are highly recommended, certain foods should be approached with caution. Rice, potatoes, bleached flour, red meat and sweet fruits except for the juice of oranges or lemons.

Ayurvedic for Diabetes made easy in the 21st century

Ayurveda also recommends the use of specific herbs for people with diabetes. Supplements such as Bitter Melon (Karella), Syzygium Cumini (Jambubeej), Gymnema Sylvestre (Gudmaar), Tumeric (Haldi), Embelica Officinalis (Amla) and more. 

While there is no cure for diabetes, Ayurvedic practices can certainly promote health for people with diabetes.

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