We are presenting a series of articles on alternative means to cure Diabetes. The first section deals with the differences between clinical and natural or alternative means; as well as the role of herbs with particular reference to diabetes. The other sections will deal with the therapeutic qualities of many other easily available herbs that have known medicinal properties. Mention may be made of cinnamon, garlic, bitter melon/gourd, lady finger, cayenne pepper, gymnema sylvestre, and banaba among others. Ayurvedic medicines have been using the bark, leaves, stems, roots and seeds of many such plants and trees since olden times.
Diabetes can be checked by natural means. These strategies do not have any side effects. The alternative to clinical and hypoglycemia medications are these natural herbs. They can be effectively combined with the right minerals and vitamins at the appropriate amount. They not only lower the sugar levels, but also keep on check this life-long ailment. Total dependency on artificial drugs can lead to many side-effects.
WARNING: Medical researchers are still searching for a definite solution to diabetes. This ailment is often dubbed a rich man’s disease and a lifestyle ailment simply because it is contracted by people leading the life of a couch potato or a voracious eater sans physical exercise.
CLINICAL VERSUS ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES: The basic difference between natural strategies and clinical method is that the former strengthens the body from within while the latter controls the symptoms of ailments.
ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS: Of course, the diabetic must pursue a physically active life, avoid salt and sugar intake, and also avoid any vegetable that grow under the ground. The most significant point to remember is that tension is a strict ‘NO’!
THE HERBS: The naturally cultivated and grown herbs that have therapeutic effects on diabetics are cinnamon, garlic, ladyfinger, and bitter melon or gourd. All of them have been in use in both the Orient and the Occident since the ancient times.
CINNAMON : This is an aromatic spice extracted from the bark of a tree that generally grows in SE Asian counties. Its colour is yellowish-brown. This tree-bark prevents blood sugar and also lowers it. Both Type-I and Type-II diabetics can be benefitted from daily intake of cinnamon. It does not create insulin in the pancreas, and so it does not increase it. On the other hand, it prevents the glucose level from reaching the peak level as it slows down appetite by reducing the rate of emptiness in the stomach. As a result, the diabetic has a lesser urge to eat.
The best way to have the regular dose of cinnamon is to add a teaspoonful of cinnamon powder in the dishes that you prepare. Cinnamon tea is tasty and healthy too.
GARLIC : This bulb lowers high levels of blood sugar and also cleanses the blood. It has other therapeutic qualities too.
You can have it raw and also in the cooked and mashed forms. Have four to five raw cloves with your dishes daily. You can begin with one clove. Gradually increase the number. Since raw garlic leaves a typical odour in the mouth, it is ideal if you have it during your nighttime meal. Cooked or fried garlic loses much of its medicinal properties.
The best means to have vegetables and even non-vegetarian items, is to boil them with garlic with as less of salt as possible. The soup is very healthy. Even otherwise, all vegetables, fruit and non-vegetarian things possess natural fat, salt and sugar. Adding extra salt or sugar while preparing them makes the dishes unhealthy especially for patients.
Fried items are rich in calories and are definitely harmful for health. Besides, the oils we use (be it mustard or refined) are hardly unadulterated. That too affects our blood vessels as the excess oil and fatty items get stashed in the arteries and even veins. That hampers the flow of blood and leads to health complicacies especially in diabetics.