Classically Ayurveda is a very ancient form of Indian Therapy practiced from the time of Charaka (Vide the treatise Caraka Samhita) - 4th century A.D. It incorporates Eight Aspects (Astanga Ayurveda) of treatment. Ayurvedic therapies are basically not primarily drug oriented - Drug treatment constitutes only one part of it. Charaka's exposition of Ayurvedic Therapy with multi-pronged approaches (again drugs, diet and lifestyle applications) were aimed at attaining a disease free state by promoting the general resistance of the body (thereby disease prevention), gaining youthfulness (hence longevity), improving physical strength and vitality as well as memory and intelligence.
Ayurvedic treatment is therefore not a curative for diabetes
mellitus,, but may prove useful as adjunct therapy and enhancing conventional scientific treatment used in the condition. There are many Ayurvedic products in the market claiming cure for diabetes, but they have no scientific basis. When used as therapy enhancers they may prove useful in type 2 diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) when faced with secondary failure of oral hypoglycemic agents (OHA), thereby salvaging about 50% of the cases from resorting to insulin treatment.
The various ingredients in Ayurvedic products are
- Methika (Fenugreek)
- Coccinia Indica
- Gymnemia Slvestere
- Jasas Bhasma
- Cinnamon and many others
When used in the correct proportions and dosage these preparations have definite complementary effects on the system (as described already). There are generally no side effects for these preparations except in those who may be hypersensitive (Allergic) to any
one of these ingredients.
- Karela (Bitter gourd) (Powder & Juice).
- Gymnemia Sylvestere (Leaves & Bark)
- Coccinia Indica (Leaves & Bark)
- Thulasi Leaves
- Neem Leaves
- Specific Grass Juice (Arugam Pul in Tamil)
- Drumstick Leaves
- And many others.
These are of marginal value in lowering the blood sugar (hypoglycaemic effect) and have to be taken in very large doses; cumbersome - with no quality-control and could cause gastrointestinal upsets.
- Honey contains Fructose and is not good for diabetes.
The above mentioned therapies are of marginal value in lowering the blood sugars (hypoglycemic effect) and have to be taken in very large doses; cumbersome - with no quality-control and could cause gastrointestinal upsets, and are not of practical value in controlling longstanding moderate to severe types of diabetes.