The food that we consume is our primary source of energy for our bodies- glucose. After glucose reaches our blood, our cells can break down into usable energy with a hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin.
What it is?
Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic condition caused by a lack of insulin hormone production (Type 1 diabetes) or inadequate insulin hormone production (Type 2 diabetes), which improves sugar metabolism. Patients develop high blood sugar as a result of this.
Blood glucose can lead to an illness called diabetes, which is becoming too high if this happens. Three major types of diabetes are diagnosed as type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes affects 90 percent of diabetics. Diabetic retinopathy affects the skin, diabetic nephropathy affects the kidneys, diabetic neuropathy affects the nerves, and diabetic cardiopathy affects the core. The patient can lose weight, experience numbness in his limbs, and experience cardiac arrest. Our bodies often do not contain or are incapable of using enough insulin properly.
Ayurvedic view on diabetes
The three doshas naturally present in our bodies are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Because of the wrong habitats, all three, in particular Kapha, are imbalanced, harming or causing fluidity/liquidity/or Jal ( water) as a major constituent, such as Meda, Maans, Majja, Vasa, Lasika or Jal (water).
All this damages the mutra or urine in Basti and causes the above symptoms called Prameha or diabetes.
Sushruta has taken diabetes further and has split it into two groups.
Sahaja has a very similar characteristic of Type I, as it has been identified as inherited, due to defects in parental genes. It is also listed as diabetes in juveniles. The people who have Sahaja usually are Vata with slender, dry skin, low appetite, and a highly active character.
Type-II diabetes is close to apathyanimittaja. It is generally acquired later in life due to poor diet and lifestyle. The patients typically have overweight conditions. Because of this and the holistic approach of Ayurveda, Ayurveda has been regarded as a viable way of fighting diabetes of type II.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, a build-up of tissue toxins that trigger imbalances in all three Doshas is the ultimate cause of Type II diabetes. This toxin accumulation is caused by poor diet, weak digestion, stress, and stay in excess of sleep. The simple cure method for diabetes is to help your patients get the Doshas back to their normal state of balance (Prakriti) (and all other diseases too).
How effective is Ayurveda?
While conventional medicine focuses on the patient’s primary symptom, Ayurveda views the patient holistically and addresses the underlying cause of the issue. Ayurveda assists you in making basic dietary adjustments and facilitates physical exercises such as Yoga – both of which assist the body in naturally fighting back.
Ayurveda is special in this regard. The old medical discipline treats a whole person, not part of himself. Not just a mix of extremities is our body. All the organs work together to keep us alive and safe.
Role of Ayurveda in Type 1 diabetes:
- Helps regulate blood sugar
- Cure and avoid problems in the skin, such as skin injuries and chronic skin infections
- Prevent diabetic neuropathy with Manjishtadi Kwatham Tablets, Pravala Bhasmam Capsules, and Chandraprabha Vati medicines, etc.
Role of Ayurveda in pre-diabetes
- Improvements in food and lifestyle contribute to stable blood sugar levels.
- Simple Ayurvedic medications in lower doses, if improvements in diet and lifestyle do not heal fully.
Role of Ayurveda in Type 2 diabetes:
- Maintain stable blood sugar levels using Ayurvedic medication and improvements in lifestyles and diets.
- Ayurvedic medicines dependent on blood sugar levels are used in low to high doses
- Suppress diabetes symptoms
Diabetes – Ayurvedic treatment
Ayurveda divides patients into two groups when it comes to diabetes treatment:
1. Obese (fat/stout/bulky/voluminous/overweight) patients.
2. lean (Thin)
• For obese individuals, the prescribed ayurvedic diabetes treatment is Vaman or, on occasion, Virechan or Basti, which are all forms of Panchakarma.
• Ayurvedic diabetes medicine is favoured over Panchakarma for the lean group.
The key concepts of ayurvedic diabetes treatment include increasing the Agni(digestive fire), both in the intestine and cellular levels, increasing the metabolism of the liver, reducing the load on the liver, and lowering Kapha and Meda in the body.
Ayurveda Therapy for Diabetes:
Panchakarma therapy greatly supports a person in diabetes management.
A patient first goes through pre-procedure treatments, which brace him or her for the procedures ahead.
To loosen the toxins and open up the circulation channels, the individual is given an oleation treatment, followed by a steam bath to prepare the body to eliminate these wastes.
Pre-operative therapies for Diabetes:
1. Kneading therapy with herbal powder:
In this treatment, highly soothing pastes are used on the skin of a person to alleviate mental stress, improve the memory capacity of the person, and calm the body and the Nervous System.
During this therapy, the herbal paste is used made from gooseberry, henna, asparagus, mooring, sandalwood, etc.
2. Oleation Therapy:
This therapy is for diabetes care First, an oil massage is carried out and then herbal oils or medically rich buttermilk are slowly poured on the forehead of an individual which relaxes the mind and reduces tension.
If this treatment is regularly pursued 2-3 weeks, it helps to manage diabetes.
3. Foot Massage Therapy:
It affects our hormonal secretions directly in the endocrine & metabolic systems. It increases the feeling of a positive factor in blood (hormones-serotonin etc.) to make a person relax.
Post – Procedure for Diabetes:
The person’s body is loosened and comfortable after the preoperative procedure. Panchakarma therapies are widely used by Ayurveda practitioners for the treatment of Diabetes Purgation & Medicated Enema.
This therapy is particularly successful for diabetes and is carried out under strict supervision through Ayurvedic practitioners by vomiting by herbal medicines. The toxin in the upper sections of the body can be eliminated.
The patient has to drink medicated milk, tea, or herbal drink before the belly is full. A small amount of medicinal decoction is then provided with honey, made from black pepper, beetle killer root, and tamarind.
The vomiting is not painful in purgatory and a person is relaxed and light following it.
2. Medicated Enema Therapy:
Medicated enema therapy for the treatment of diabetes is strongly recommended. During the therapy, healed decoctions are used to extract accumulated contaminants and metabolic waste using an anal route by means of herbal pastes and oils like dill seeds, bael, honey, rock salt, etc.
Post-operative therapies for Diabetes
If the pre-operative treatment has been completed, the person must be subjected to post-operative therapy to return to normal life easily. An individual should keep a strict diet in order to prevent a few foods that may be harmful. During this phase. Ayurvedic herbs and medicinal products must also be taken from time to time to heal and stabilize the body of a person.
1. Ayurvedic Diet:
In Ayurveda, food is medicine. The following are some basic diet recommendations for treating diabetes, especially Type II.
• Avoid foods that contain refined and processed sugars.
• Consume smaller portions and allow at least three hours between meals.
• Consume a number of whole vegetables and grains on a daily basis.
• Avoid all forms of alcohol
• Cook with less salt
• Limit your intake of rice, potatoes, sweet fruits, wheat, fried foods, and red meat.
Yoga therapy helps stimulate and enhance glucose homeostasis activity. Because of these postures, abdominal organs receive a good massage that enhances their respective organs’ work. The strength & elasticity of muscles also increases. Blood flow increases and hits the appropriate amounts of target organs that can help a diabetic patient quickly heal its wounds. Finally, the cellular level increases oxygenation.
As a cure to every illness, concentrate on progressing gradually and keep on encouraging the customers, even if the results are not immediate. The symptoms of diabetes will take some time to turn around, but with moderation and a shift in diet, workout, and lifestyles, your clients are able to cure diabetes and live a long and stable life.- Dr. Soumya Hullannavar
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