5 Herbal and Natural Therapies for Diabetes TreatmentHakim Ajmal Khan
It is known that there are many common herbs and spices useful for lowering down blood sugar and are used by people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
With a number of clinical experiments and studies done in recent years sufficient evidence is collected that show potential links of herbal remedies and improvement in blood glucose control. Now many people with type 2 diabetes use these natural remedies based on natural ingredients to effectively manage their blood sugar levels.
Available Herbal Remedies for Diabetes Treatment
Remedies based on plants that according to some studies have amazing anti-diabetic properties are:
- Aloe Vera
- Bilberry Extract
- Bitter Melon
- 1. Aloe Vera for Diabetes
Aloe Vera is a prickly and succulent substance taken from Aloe Vera plant. It is used in herbal medicine since thousands of years because of its soothing, healing and rejuvenating properties. Initial research has shown that taking Aloe Vera Juice can help control blood glucose levels and found useful in diabetes as alternative treatment. It recovers decreased blood lipids (fats) in diabetic patients by normalizing these molecules in the blood. Secondly, it helps decrease swelling and improve healing of wound injuries. It is also used in herbal diabetes treatment in Pakistan.
- 2. Bilberry Extract for Diabetes
Bilberries are scientifically called vaccinium myrtillus. It is a fruit with dark blue color and similar in shape to blueberries but it is more darker, smaller and softer. Various studies suggest that there is a compound in bilberries called anthocyanosides, which promotes blood vessels strength that help prevent against retinal damage in diabetes patients.
Generally, Bilberry extract is not considered as a diabetes treatment but diabetic patients may find that it helps in controlling blood sugar levels. This fruit type is also available for herbal diabetes cure in Pakistan.
- 3. Bitter Melon for Diabetes
Bitter Melon is a vegetable-fruit also called bitter gourd or karela in India or Pakistan, is a unique natural ingredient that can be used as medicine or food. Bitter Melon is used as a herbal therapy for a range of ailments also for type 2 diabetes. This fruit holds 3 active substances containing anti-diabetic properties, that are charantin (proved to have a blood sugar lowering effect), vicine and a compound similar to insulin called polypeptide-p. All these 3 substances may work individually or together only to help decrease blood glucose levels.
Various herbalists are using these above mentioned ingredients with other useful ones for producing perfect herbal medicine for diabetes in Pakistan. People have controlled their type-2 diabetes with the help of herbal medicines for diabetes treatment in Pakistan.
- 4. Cinnamon for Diabetes
Cinnamon is usually used in cooking and baking and it is highly linked to diabetes mellitus treatment. Studies have shown that cinnamon can help control blood sugar levels and can increase insulin sensitivity. According to a research study published in 2003 “Diabetes Care journal” says that Cassia cinnamon also known as cinnamon bark helps control blood sugar and cholesterol levels too in type-2 diabetic patients.
- 5. Ginger for Diabetes
Ginger is used in various herbal remedies to cure a range of ailments such as nausea, indigestion and diabetes. Many people use it as a must ingredient in cooking food. According to a study published in Planta Medica natural product journal in August 2012 edition says that Ginger can help in long term blood glucose control for people with type 2 diabetes.