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Diabetes and Ayurveda

Diabetes Can Be Successfully Treated Through Ayurveda

Diabetes mellitus (DM), more often just called Diabetes, is a group of metabolic lifestyle disorders and diseases in which a person has high blood sugar levels over an extended period of time. This is either because the islets of Langerhans, which are found in the pancreas, do not produce the required glucose-regulating peptide-hormone or, In some cases, because the cells of the body cannot or do not respond to the glucose-regulating hormone.

Diabetes is also alternatively known as high blood glucose, a condition in which the body doesn’t properly process or make use of food as fuel or as a sauce of energy. There are a variety of physical symptoms that are associated with overly high blood sugar levels in the body.

Some of these symptoms include increased levels of thirst, a frequent need to urinate and increased levels of hunger.

Ayurvedic Management Strategy for Diabetes

Treatments undergone

1. Udwartana

Udwartana is a powder massage often used for slimming and treatment of obesity that can be done daily.

2. Dhanyamladhara

Dhanyamladhara is often used in Ayurveda to combat obesity, inflammation, muscular pain, neuropathy, hemiplegia, and rheumatic complaints. It is derived from the word cereals (dhanya) and vinegar (amla). Dhanyamla involves preparation navara rice, horse gram, millet, citrus fruits, and dried ginger. During the treatment, the body is covered with this preparation and then by a heated cloth. The duration of the treatment is 45 to 50 minutes depending upon the condition of the patient.

3. Snehapana

Snehapana is a process of full body internal and external lubrication via drinking ghee and animal fat oil as well as massaging the oil on without any other oral intake.

4. Abhyanga

Abhyanga is a warm oil massage. The oil is often premedicated with herbs for specific conditions.

5. Bashpasweda

Bashpasweda is a steam chamber in which the patient sits while steam emanates from a boiling herbal decoction.

6. Vamana

Vamana (induced vomiting) is targeted to expel increased kapha dosha from the body.

7. Virechana

Virechana is the second procedure in the sequence of Panchakarma (Ayurveda Detoxification Program) that involves using plant medicines that have a laxative effect, mainly aimed at reducing pitta dosha and toxic accumulation in the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and gallbladder.

8. Yogavasti

Yogavasti is a type of medication given by enema, aiding in diminishing extra vata dosha present in the body. Vata is the force behind the elimination and retention of feces, urine, bile, and other excreta.

9. Shirodhara

Shirodhara is a form of Ayurveda therapy that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma.

Diabetes in Conclusion

There are three known main types of diabetes mellitus, namely; Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Gestational diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes mellitus comes about as a direct result of the pancreas not manufacturing the glucose-regulating hormone. This particular form of diabetes was previously called “juvenile diabetes”. To date, the cause of type 1 diabetes has yet to be discovered and remains unknown.

Type 2 Diabetes mellitus begins with resistance to the pancreatic produced hormone, and the cells of the body failing to respond to the hormone. Progression of the disease may cause a lack of the hormone to also develop. This form of diabetes was previously known as “adult-onset diabetes”.

Out of all three types of diabetes, the most common is Gestational diabetes. This particular form of diabetes is brought on by overly excessive body weight and a total lack of or severely insufficient physical exercise. It is also known to occur in pregnant women, who have no previous history of diabetes but have developed excessively high blood sugar levels whilst going through their pregnancy

Diabetes can cause a vast number of chronic health complications if left untreated. Some of these complications can be very severe. They can include diabetic ketoacidosis – when this happens the body manufactures high levels of blood acids called ketones, breaking down fat and muscle for energy. The more ketones in the blood, the iller a person becomes, left untreated it can lead to swelling of the brain, excessive dehydration and coma.

Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state or HHS; here high blood sugar levels create high osmolarity but without serious ketoacidosis, its symptoms include bodily weakness, dehydration, leg cramps and visual impairment.,
Death is also a possibility of untreated diabetes.

Along with the chronic complications, there are also various severe complications such as chronic kidney disease, foot ulcers, eye damage or blindness and the risk of a stroke.

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