Ayurvedic Treatment for Diabetes


Signs and Symptoms

The classical symptoms of type 1 diabetes include: polyuria (excessive urination), polydipsia (increased thirst), xerostomia (dry mouth), polyphagia (increased hunger), fatigue, and weight loss.

Many type 1 diabetics are diagnosed when they present with diabetic ketoacidosis. The signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include xeroderma (dry skin), rapid deep breathing, drowsiness, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

About 12 percent of people with type 1 diabetes have clinical depression.


The cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. A number of explanatory theories have been put forward, and the cause may be one or more of the following:

  1. genetic susceptibility
  2. A diabetogenic trigger
  3. Exposure to an antigen.


Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus--a collision between thrifty genes and an affluent society. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is one of the most common non-communicable diseases in the world. It has become obvious that NIDDM is the result of a collision between thrifty genes and an affluent society. Genes predisposing to NIDDM might have been survival genes for our ancestors, helping them to store energy during long periods of starvation. When these genes are exposed to a sedentary lifestyle and high caloric intake typical to the Western world, they predispose to obesity and insulin resistance. NIDDM results when beta cells cannot compensate for insulin resistance by increasing insulin secretion. Therefore, at least two inherited defects can be expected in NIDDM, one causing obesity and insulin resistance and the other inability to increase insulin secretion. In reality there may be more inherited defects. It has become quite clear that diabetes cannot simply be divided into NIDDM and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). The disease is more heterogeneous; unmasking this heterogeneity and identifying new subgroups of diabetes presents a challenge to modern molecular biology. Non-insulin treatment Medicines in tablet and pill form are sometimes used to manage blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.

They can:
1.Help the pancreas release more insulin.
2.Slow the rate of sugar release into the blood after eating food.
3.Make the body more sensitive to insulin.
4.Decrease the amount of stored glucose released from the liver.


Ayurveda believes Diabetes to be Madhumeham which is a part of Prameham. The main reason for the development of Prameham and Madhumeham in an individual is believed to be a faulty lifestyle along with poor eating habits. Hence the treatment of Diabetes as per Ayurveda incorporates both the administration of Herbal and mineral combination along with the change in the lifestyle and eating habits. Generally when a diabetic patient approaches a doctor for treatment of diabetes, the doctor provides the patient with pancreatic stimulants which stimulate the already damaged pancreas to secrete insulin. This is a wrong approach and as a result gradually the pancreas become further damaged so that the patients has to start with insulin. However in our ayurvedic approach we provide the patient with two categories of medications :

A) Beta cells repairing herbs:

There are various herbs which are having beta cells repairing properties so that gradually the pancreas become more functional decreasing the dependence of medications in many cases,Complete withdrawal of medicines.

B)Phyto Insulin:

There are various herbs which contain plant insulin so that the usage of them decreases the load on the damaged pancreas so that it gets sufficient time for recovery. With the usage of the above concept and the following of recommended lifestyle changes, both the short term goal of blood sugar management as well as the long term goal of decrease or complete withdrawal of the medications can be achieved.

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