Ayurveda For Diabetes

With the growing sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits, the number of people unable to balance glucose levels in their body is soaring. Diabetes occurs when enough insulin is not produced or when the body doesn’t respond efficiently to the produced insulin. Some of its common symptoms include frequent urination, intense thirst and hunger, unusual weight gain or loss, fatigue, and numbness and tingling in hands and feet. One may also suffer from burning of palms and soles, dryness of mouth and taste in the mouth.

In Ayurveda, diabetes mellitus is known as Madhumeha, meaning sweet urine. According to this ancient branch of medical science, there are three doshas [physical parameters to assess balance and imbalance of processes] – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurveda says that diabetes is the outcome of increase in Kapha dosha, which takes care of bodily structure and lubrication. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and formation of all the seven tissues — lymph, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive secretions.

Ayurveda considers excessive sleep, over indulgence in food, especially sweet food, and lack of physical activities as the major factors for diabetes. Kerala is one of the Ayurveda hub of India. There are many centers offering Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes in Kerala. Dharmagiri, Kerala, adopts the following approaches to treat diabetes:

Kapha balancing diet

Kapha is increased by heavy, oily, cold and salty and sweet food. Thus a dry, warm, and light diet is recommended to pacify Kapha. Too much dairy products, sweet fruits, too much grains [rice, wheat etc] and bread [chappathi, rice cakes, breads etc] should be avoided

Include lots of leaves and vegetables in diet. Cut down on carbohydrates and fat and increase protein intake. Lentils, soya beans, sprouts, spinach, asparagus, paneer, poultry, fish etc are beneficial.

Having juice of amla mixed with a pinch of turmeric daily helps achieve glycemic control naturally.

Likewise including fenugreek, cinnamon, karela, basil, curry leaves etc in the diet or as herb teas or drinks are beneficial.

Physical Exercise

Include atleast 45 minutes of brisk walk, yoga asanas like sun salutation series, tree pose, and bridge pose, and one more physical activity like swimming or cycling in your everyday routine. This improves utilization of sugar by body tissues especially muscles and thus brings down the blood sugar.


Stress can directly impact your diabetes. Meditation, for as less as 15 minutes, makes a huge difference in your overall wellness. It helps in controlling the stress hormone as well.

A comprehensive ayurvedic treatment approach can help more than 60% of diabetic cases achieve control without harmful medicines.

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