How to Cure Diabetes Naturally Without Medication – Lifestyle Changes
Ayurveda states that each person is born with a unique Prakruti that is governed by the interplay of three doshas in the body – Vata (dry and airy), Pitta (hot) and Kapha (cold, heavy and oily). Any imbalances in the doshas causes diseases and health problems.
Diabetes is referred to as ‘Prameha’ or ‘sweet urine’ in Ayurveda and is primarily caused due to Kapha dosha (vata dosha also has some influence) imbalance along with a weakened agni or digestive fire that slows the metabolism and digestion, resulting in excess blood sugar levels in the body. The excess sugar is either the result of decreased production of the hormone insulin by the pancreas or ineffective use of the insulin that is produced.
Diabetes also results in loss of Ojas, the vital energy that boosts strength, immunity and happiness. When the Ojas is weak it depletes the energy levels, dampening the spirits and affecting the health. As the loss of Ojas is through the urine, Ayurveda also describes diabetes as ‘Ojomeha’.
Ayurvedic medicine treats diseases in a holistic manner, placing importance on prevention as well as treatment. Ayurveda terms diabetes as more of a lifestyle related disease and although it may not be possible to cure diabetes, it can definitely be managed naturally, without medication, through a healthy Ayurveda recommended diet & lifestyle changes.
Ayurvedic home remedies and lifestyle changes to manage diabetes naturally
- Include bitter (tikta) ingredients such as bitter gourd (karela), methi seeds (fenugreek) to reduce the blood sugar levels. Have one tablespoon of karela juice in the morning to reduce blood sugar levels in the urine. Also, make a powder of methi seeds (100 gms), turmeric (50 gms) and white pepper and mix a teaspoon of it with warm milk (twice in a day) to manage sugar levels
- Tulsi, neem and bel are herbs used in ayurvedic medicine to treat diabetes. Take 10 tulsi,neem and bel leaves and put them in a glass of water. Drinking this, on an empty stomach in the morning, helps keep blood sugar levels under control
- Amla (Indian gooseberry) is the most potent Ayurvedic herb. It is a powerful antioxidant, rich in Vitamin C and is known to help build Ojas, make the body more responsive to insulin and help maintain blood sugar levels. A tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of karela (bitter gourd) juice helps with insulin secretion
- Cinnamon or dalchini is another herb that is used in Ayurveda widely for diabetes control as it helps increase insulin sensitivity, reduces sharp rise in blood sugar post meals, and also helps balance the Kapha and Vata doshas
- Triphala (made from Amla, Haritaki & Bibhitaki) is a natural Ayurvedic mixture that has been used since the days of the Sushrut Samhita. It is a strong antioxidant, improves metabolism, maintains heart health, boosts immunity and aids digestion, and keeps blood sugar in check
- Include Kapha dosha pacifying foods, that are spicy, light & dry – such as onions, spinach, peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cardamom, fenugreek – to reduce blood sugar levels and manage diabetes
- Keep the agni or digestive fire strong so that the digestion process is at its optimum. This can be done by regular meditation, exercises such as walking, practice of yoga and pranayama, avoiding overeating as well as drinking herbal teas with ginger to improve digestion
- Avoid a sedentary lifestyle, excess consumption of fast foods & packaged/processed items, get enough sleep (7-8) hours every day and keep the body well hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water
Above are some of the tips and tricks that can help you bring down your blood sugar levels without any medication. Though it is in the best interest to practice these things under medical observations.