Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disorder in which blood sugar levels remain high for extended periods of time. This may be due to either the lack of the hormone “Insulin” or the inability of cells to properly utilize circulating insulin. In this chronic disease, there is an inability to gain energy from food, due to the lack of glucose absorption.
In type 1 diabetes, the organ that produces the hormone “Insulin”, for regulating carbohydrates (aka sugars) in the body is losing or lost its functional ability. In type 2 diabetes, the cells are simply unable to respond to the insulin being secreted. Resulting in a long list of troubling symptoms like excessive thirst and urination, feeling worn out, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, etc.
Overall, there are 3 types of Diabetes Mellitus:
-Diabetes Mellitus Type 1
-Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
In treating Diabetes, I recommend the following methods (Dependent on Type):
1. Correct Mineral Deficiencies inhibiting sugar absorption (Type 2)
2. Reduce Blood Sugar & Need For Insulin.(Type 1 & 2)
3. Consume Insulin Alternatives (Type 1 & 2)
4. Rejuvenate The Pancreas & Tissues (Type 2)
5. Massage The Pancreas (Type 1)
Correct Mineral Deficiencies Inhibiting Sugar Absorption (Type 2)
The minerals Chromium and Vanadium, are required for sugar to enter a cell. The deficiency of these minerals lead to a build up of sugar in the blood due to the cell’s inability to react to insulin . By supplementing these minerals, we can restore the body’s ability to absorb circulating sugar, by improving insulin sensitivity, thus reducing blood sugar. A good way to supplement these minerals is to consume more black pepper.
In Ayurvedic medicine, black pepper is believed to enhance cellular metabolism. The presence of both these minerals in it, support this claim. Mushrooms also contain both of these minerals.
Other foods rich in Vanadium are Shellfish, Parsley, Mushrooms, and Dill Weed.
Other foods rich in Chromium are Brown Rice, Meat, Broccoli, Brewers Yeast, and Potato Skins.
Reduce Blood Sugar & Need For Insulin (Type 1 & 2):
This is accomplished by making the following adjustments to your diet:
– Reduce intake of refined sugars/carbs and increase intake of raw fruits & vegetables.
– Reduce intake of meat rich in saturated fat like red meat, pork, etc
– Increase fiber intake
– Consume lime juice at least 1 time a day
– Consume Green tea at least 1 time a day.
Green tea is known to reduce blood sugar, and lime juice reduces sugar absorption in the GIT (better for type 1). Be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels, to make sure they don’t get too low. High fiber fruits and vegetables balance blood sugar levels and prevent spikes.
Consume Insulin Alternatives (Type 1 & 2)
These are herbs/foods that naturally reduce blood sugar levels.
Type 1 – “Gymnema Sylvestre” is also a powerful herb that reduces blood sugar effectively due to a chemical constituent known as Gymnemic Acid, which is able to reduce blood sugar by stimulating pancreatic function. Long term, this may be able to regenerate beta cells.
Type 2 – Karela/Bitter Melon, is a good example of this as it is known to have hypoglycemic effects and has been proven in several studies to be a formidable option in treating Diabetes.
(Contact an Ayurvedic Doctor if you have any questions about these herbs.)
Boost Cellular Metabolism Function (Type 2)
Use a Shilajit Supplement
Shilajit is a sticky, blackish colored substance that comes out of the rocks in the Himalayan mountains. It has been used for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years. Ayurvedic doctors have used the substance for thousands of years to treat not only Diabetes, but also Cardiovascular, Neurological, gastro-intestinal, Endocrinological, Geriatric, Degenerative and Immunological diseases.
This mineral-infused herbal exudate is classified predominantly as an adapogen, mucolytic, nutritive, aphrodisiac and anabolic substance. Shilajit is beneficial in building stronger muscles, improving stamina, and thus improves the absorption of nutrients including sugar. Shilajit enhances mitochondrial function which plays a major role in cellular metabolism and energy and can be used in mitochondrial diseases. The rich mineral content provides the body with trace minerals which are essential for carrying out vital functions.
According to one research study, Shilajit proved to have a stronger hypoglycemic effect than Metformin (1). Many other research works have been done and are going on proving the efficacy of Shilajit in the treatment of several diseases including Diabetes as well as its complications. Therefore apart from its ability to rejuvenate the body, it also has a direct action on sugar metabolism.
(Shilajit may be commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, however, it has to be used under strict supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor to avoid adverse effects.)
Massage The Pancreas (Type 1)
Think of the Pancreas as a muscle that has become fatigued. Much like how prolonged sessions of writing or playing the piano can fatigue the muscles in your forearm. Massaging that forearm, helps restore circulation and enables it to function better. Similarly, the Pancreas is sort of fatigued and needs to receive better circulation. Patients are advised to massage the Pancreas by performing a Yogic practice known as “Agni-sar Kriya”
This Yogic practice is performed by moving (Pulling) the abdominal muscles (stomach region) in and out and continuous manner. Proper guidance is required for performing this as is can be dangerous for some people.
For informational purposes, here are the steps for performing this Yogic Practice:
Step 1. Sit in a comfortable position and make sure that your back is straight.
Step 2. Maintain proper breathing and relax. Make sure that you are completely relaxed and calm.
Step 3. Now, exhale completely and while maintain this state of having in your lungs, begin the next step
Step 4. Gently pull your belly in and out continuously.
Step 5. Then release, relax and breathe in.
THIS IS ONE ROUND
Continue breathing normally for a while and then repeat.
Continue this 5-6 times at first. Afterwards, you may extend the length of practice.
*Make sure that you do not strain or pressure on anything while performing this. It is meant to be gentle and relaxed.
*There are many instructional videos on YouTube for this practice, yet i strongly advise professional guidance.
*Contra-indications for this practice include but are not limited to: Blood pressure problems, abdominal hernia, injuries to the abdominal area, severe anemia, asthma, gastritis and other inflammatory conditions of the Gastro-intestinal-tract, diarrhea, GERD.
How does this practice work?
Basically, by moving the abdominal muscles in and out (without the air pressure getting in the way), you are directly compressing and releasing the abdominal organs including the pancreas. Thus increasing circulation to the area which provides it with better nourishment and proper oxygenation.
* Another method of massaging the Pancreas is by performing an abdominal massage. Gently massage the abdominal region in a clock-wise direction. Do this daily to increase circulation in the area.*
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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1. Trivedi N A, Mazumdar B, Bhatt J D, Hemavathi K G. Effect of shilajit on blood glucose and lipid profile in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Indian J Pharmacol 2004;36:373-6
2. Taylor L. Herbal secrets of the rainforest. In: Texas A, editor. Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) 2nd ed. USA: Sage Press; 2002. pp. 1–100.
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