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Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high glucose levels in the blood, also known as blood sugar. Glucose is the body’s main source of energy and is a critical element in cellular function.
Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, normally transports glucose into the cells. However, when the body is unable to produce enough insulin or use it properly, blood glucose levels increase, leading to diabetes.
This can lead to several health complications especially for the ...
How Ayurvedic medicine is applied to treat Diabetes:
Ayurvedic medicine recognizes that type I diabetes is incurable. Nevertheless, it includes treatments that help manage the disease.
On the other hand, Ayurvedic medicine believes that type II diabetes can be treated, managed, and even reversed if people change their unhealthy lifestyle habits as they are the major cause of type II diabetes.
Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes is specifically tailored to each individual’s case. However, Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes generally involves the following ...
- Maintain a healthy diet: Maintain a diet that contains low-glycemic index foods and is rich in fiber. People who have diabetes should eat grains such as barley, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and protein. They can eat bitter-tasting fruits like bitter gourds or gooseberries to manage diabetes.
- Exercise regularly: Engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day to help the body regulate its blood sugar levels.
Ayurveda uses natural and herbal remedies to treat diseases. However, if you want to use Ayurvedic medicines, herbs, supplements to treat a particular condition, you should consider the following precautions:
- Consult your Ayurvedic practitioner before taking Ayurvedic products on your own. Let them know if you have diabetes or are taking medication that may affect your treatment plan. They should adjust it to avoid any harmful interactions with the medication you are taking.
Since Ayurvedic treatments are derived from natural herbs and plants, most treatments do not cause adverse events. However, if you take some Ayurvedic preparations or herbs, you may experience the following side effects.
- Heavy metal poisoning: some Ayurvedic products contain toxic amounts of heavy metals like lead, arsenic, or mercury. They might cause heavy metal poisoning.
- Some Ayurvedic herbal formulations might cause headaches, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, rashes, or allergic reactions.
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Ayurveda For Diabetes
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