|Dr. NK Sharma|
If diabetes is poorly controlled or left untreated, it may lead to blindness, kidney disease, blood vessel damage, infection, heart disease, nerve damage, high blood pressure, stroke, limb amputation, and coma.
This article talks about all the home remedies for diabetes including
food remedies for weight control and blood sugar levels.
Natural Uncooked Food: Natural uncooked food is the best medicine for all types of diseases. They have got their own enzymes. They are not diluted with chemicals.
Food such as sprouts, fruits, juices, nuts and so on can be taken raw. Eating a diet rich in fiber helps the body to absorb sugars slowly, which in turn keeps blood sugar levels balanced.
Soluble type of fiber does the best job of stabilizing blood sugar levels. Apples, apricots, beets, berries, carrots, citrus fruits, parsnips, and winter squash are some fruits and vegetables which are rich in soluble fiber.
Soluble fiber is also helpful in lowering elevated LDL cholesterol levels, a serious problem in many people with diabetes.
Whole sum Diet: Diet which is a combination of vegetables and fruits get a rich array of antioxidants such as vitamin C.
Antioxidants prevents the oxidation and damage of artery walls, which otherwise can lead to plaque buildup and heart disease.
Exercise: Exercise has the potential to control the diabetes by nonmedical means. It reduces the severity of the disease and significantly reduces the risk of long-term complications.
The energy needed for exercise can help people to lose weight which helps to take some of the risk related to central obesity.
Exercise is known to increase insulin sensitivity which essentially helps to tackle the root cause of type 2 diabetes. Also, regular exercise can also help to reduce cholesterol levels and help people to reduce high blood pressure. Even a little extra activity each day can help.
Meditation: Meditation lowers the insulin resistance in our body. Stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenalin intensify the production of insulin and glucose levels.
Reducing these neurohormones through the Transcendental Meditation technique helps to balance glucose and insulin in the blood. This helps to normalize metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Basil Leaves: Basil leaves have power to lower blood sugar levels. Basil leaves contain potent antioxidants that relieve oxidative stress; it’s this stress that compounds problems in diabetics.
Cactus Juice and Flax Seeds: Cactus juice from is also helpful. Cactus juice can help decrease and stabilize blood glucose and insulin levels. Consuming flax seed reduces postprandial sugar level by 28 per cent.
Leaves of Bilberry Plant and Cinnamon: The leaves of the bilberry plant are known to lower blood sugar levels. Also, 1gram cinnamon in the diet for a month lowers the blood sugar levels
Green Tea: This tea is unfermented and hence has high polyphenol content, which has strong antioxidant and hypoglycaemic effects. The polyphenols help in a controlled release of blood sugars.
Drumstick leaves: The fiber content in the leaves increases satiety and slows the breakdown of food.
Isabgol: Also known as psyllium husk is often used as a laxative. When isabgol comes in contact with water, it swells to form a gel-like substance. This slows the breakdown and absorption of blood glucose.
Metformin, a drug commonly used in diabetic treatment, can upset your stomach for which isabgol works as a save guard.
Reiki: Reiki is more effective than any other dummy treatment at improving the health. It balances the sugar level and natural energy flow in the body.
Reflexology: Reflexology can enhance the production of insulin by helping the cells that produce insulin in the body. It is done by working on the pancreas and generally the endocrine (hormonal) system.
The liver would be another key area to work on through reflexology, due to its processing functions being affected by an increase in blood sugar levels.
Unani Medicines for Diabetes:
Kernel of Jamun Seeds: Jamun seeds are very helpful in controlling sugar and help to ease from Diabetic symptoms. Chewing of Jamun leaves are also suggested to Diabetic patients.
Karela Bark, Bitter Gourd: Bitter melon has plant insulin-polypeptide-P, a bio-chemicals useful in reducing blood sugar. Bitter gourd can also be used as bitter gourd recipe, bitter gourd tea, dishes, curry, and soup.
Neem: For diabetic treatment, tender shoot of neem is used. Extract should be taken in the morning for better solution to diabetes.
Binola Seeds: Reduces blood sugar due to the presence of natural antioxidants Borage oil. Other herbs and unani seeds like Bel Leaves, Falsa Berry and Kalonji Black cumin are also used for curing diabetes as they reduce the blood sugar level.
Jambul (Indian blackberry): A glucoside present in the seeds of Indian Blackberry prevents conversion of starch to sugar. It lower blood sugar and keep sharp insulin spikes in check. This fruit also has heart-protecting properties.
By- Dr. N.K Sharma, a Veteran Naturopath and the Founder of Reiki Healing Foundation