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What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the most commonly occurring dis-ease in both teens and adults. It is characterized by a set of diseases that are related to the pancreatic hormone, insulin.
With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood, which can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves, and can cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb.
How can House of Nature help you?
The Ayurvedic treatment has greater application and importance in curing of it. Ayurvedic diabetic medicine and Ayurvedic herbs have the power to cure type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes. Ayurvedic practitioners treat diabetes with a multi-pronged approach, using diet modification, Panchkarma to cleanse the system, herbal preparations, yoga and breathing exercises.
The herbs that are used to treat diabetes include turmeric, neem, coccinea indica, amalaki, triphala, bitter gourd, rose apple, leaves of bilva, cinnamon, gymnema, fenugreek, bay leaf and aloe vera. Decoctions of triphala, fenugreek and Shilajit are commonly used. Powders (Churana) used include Amalaki Churna, Haldi powder (Turmeric powder) ‘Chandraprabhavati’ are believed to lower sugar levels. Proprietary Ayurvedic medications are also used to treat diabetes.
At House of Nature, we provide a holistic and alternative treatment for diabetes through Ayurveda and Therapeutic Yoga.
How Ayurveda works on Diabetes
Diabetes is also known as ‘Madhumeha’ in Ayuverda.
According to Ayurvedic Medicine, there are 20 types of diabetes: 4 vata types, 6 pitta types and 10 kapha types. If any of these are not treated, this eventually leads to madhumeha (Diabetes mellitus).
It is postulated that Ayurvedic medications may act through potential pancreatic as well as extra pancreatic effects. The probable mechanisms of action include delaying gastric emptying, slowing carbohydrate absorption and inhibition of glucose transport.
Massage Therapy helps to energise and revitalise the whole body, increase blood circulation and rejuvenate the nerve cells in the body.
Ayurvedic Treatments to help Diabetes Management
Abhyangam is useful for diabetics and pre-diabetics alike. It is useful in relaxing muscles, which results in a sense of well-being. This helps improve blood circulation, which further causes increased glucose absorption, and the amount of insulin required for impaired glucose levels are also decreased.
Rejuvenation helps in diabetic neuropathy by strengthening nerves and increase immunity.
A classical and a well-established Ayurvedic procedure of slowly and steadily dripping medicated oil or other liquids on the forehead. It rejuvenates and unwinds the nervous system also combats stress, disturbed sleep, reduces hypertension.
A special therapeutic deep tissue massage using medicated herbal powder. This massage is done in the opposing direction to hair follicle. This treatment is aimed for obese diabetics.
As diabetics are more prone to eye problems in the later stage, Netra Tharpanam and Aschothanam act as a soothing, relaxing eye treatment and face massage that removes impurities and provides optimum rejuvenation to the eyes.
Like for most lifestyle diseases, stress is one of the leading reasons for diabetes. It increases the secretion of glucagon hormones in the body, responsible for increasing blood glucose levels. Consistent practice of yoga asanas (body postures), pranayamas (breathing exercises) and a few minutes of daily meditation can help reduce stress in the mind and body. This, in turn, reduces glucagon levels and can also help improve insulin action.
Diabetes could also be worsened with the occurrence of high blood pressure, or hypertension. Yoga asanas, such as the Corpse Pose, Bridge Pose, Child Pose, and Yoga Nidra are all extremely effective in controlling hypertension. A few minutes of regular meditation practice also acts as an excellent stress-buster for the mind and body.