Diabetes is one of the lifestyle diseases. With the change in the working environment and poor eating habits, it’s hard to miss someone suffering from diabetes. Diabetes, also known as prameha in ayurvedic terms, is a metabolic disorder where there is an imbalance of blood sugar level.
In type I diabetes is as result of the autoimmune condition. This occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas. The damage in most cases is permanent meaning one can no longer produce insulin.
This type of diabetes mellitus often develops fast leading to weight loss, ketoacidosis. This develops due to a high level of sugar in your body with little or no insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance. In this case, the body cannot use insulin efficiently triggering the pancreas to produce more insulin until it can’t keep up with the high demand. When insulin production is impaired, it leads to high blood sugar. Unique symptoms for this type of diabetes include dark patches where the skin fold e.g. armpits and neck regions.
The exact cause of both types diabetes is still unknown. However, people with overweight show report a high number of diabetes cases.
Ayurveda approach in treating diabetes
Unlike modern medicine, Ayurveda categorises prameha into 20 sub-division: 4 divisions due to vata, 10 rooted in Kapha dosha and 6 due to Pitta. The symptoms of patients suffering from diabetes under these three categories include:
Kaphaja: loss of appetite, indigestion, excessive sleep, vomiting and cold with running nose.
Pittaja: the patient may experience pain in the testes, fever, thirst, loose motion, insomnia, pain in the balder and urinary tract.
Vataja: some of the symptoms under vataja category include difficulty in breathing, loss of weight, cough, loss of sleep, tremors and constipation.
To treat diabetic using Ayurveda the following changes are prescribed to the patient.
Diabetic diet
Ayurvedic practitioner uses a long-term approach when treating diabetes. As you may already know, diabetes is mainly as a result of poor lifestyle. Food is a major factor why people get the disease. Therefore, healthy is advised. Food with high sugar content is discouraged and so are habits such as smoking, alcohol intake and binge eating. Instead, one should get ample sleep and check his or her weight periodically.
Ideally, the patient food proportion should have lots of vegetables, 60%, with 30% proteins and 10% carbohydrates. This should be followed by a mild exercise eg a half hour walk.
Intake of proteins should always be limited to lots of it can strain the kidneys. This also goes to fats and foods rich in carbohydrates. Sugary foods should be avoided too. However, fruits such as oranges and lemons are recommended.
Herbs have a powerful positive effect on the health of a person suffering from diabetes. Some of the recommended herbs include Amalaki, Gurmar, Bl and Shilajit. Such herbs target the elevated blood sugar level and bring back the balance.
This Ayurveda program aims at cleansing the patient blood of toxins. It starts with a herbal massage, a herbal steam sauna and then fasting to let the effect take place.
Dairy mild exercise helps to manage diabetes. Yoga is beneficial too as it involves joint movement. Check the specific yoga suited to reduce the stress which builds within the joint due to diabetes.