Ayurvedic treatment for Diabetes and foot problems

Diabetes and foot problems

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Diabetes and foot problems


Diabetic wounds, unlike other wounds (Vrana), heal slowly and progress quickly, making their treatment challenging. Ayurveda includes a special treatment for dushtavrana or chronic wounds known as shodhana therapy. Charaka advocates shodhana by methods like Vaman, Virechana, vasti and shastra karma. Systemic shodana therapy purifies the body and expels the aggravated doshas from the body.

Other methods of Vrana shodana include conservative measures like kashaya and varti, para-surgical measures like Dhoopan, Kshara – karma, Krimighna, Vishaghna and Patradana, and surgical measures  include Chedana (Excision), Bhedana (Incision), Lekhana (Scrapping),  Eshana (Probing),  Aaharanam (Extraction), Vyadhan (Puncturing) and Visravan (Drainage).  After panchakarma, rejuvenation therapy is performed.7

Controlling the blood sugar levels also help in reducing the risk of foot problems that arise from diabetes. In Ayurveda, this can be achieved by a variety of herbal medicines (aushadhi), diet changes (aahar), and lifestyle changes (vihar), as described below.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Increase intake of barley in diet as it is considered the main food for healing diabetes.
  • Have herbs like gokshura, gudmar, triphalá, musta, cardamom, fenugreek, or coriander, mixed with honey.
  • Include other cereals such as wheat, kodo millet and rice which crops within 60 days.
  • Pulses such as adhaki (arahar), horse gram (kulattha), green gram (mudga), along with bitter and astringent leafy vegetables may be taken.
  • Include vegetables such as green banana, chaulee, dwarf copperleaf (matsyakhshi), methi (fenugreek leaves) and bitter gourd.
  • Include fruits such as papaya, guava, apple, jambu, kapitha and amla.
  • In foods, include oils such as soya bean oil, groundnut oil, and mustard oil.
  • Have karela juice or white pumpkin 20-30 ml on an empty stomach.
  • Regularly have methi seeds soaked overnight in water.
  • Avoid sugar, sugar products, rice, potato, ghee, butter, fat, regular oil, fermented food items, alcohol, urad (blackgram), rajma (kidney beans) and other heavy items.

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Start exercising regularly. Walking, swimming, running or yogasanas are highly beneficial.
  • Have regular massage.
  • Take regular steam.
  • Taking sitz or waist bath (warm shallow bath to cleanse the genital area) also helps.
  • Include pranayama (breathing exercise) in your daily routine.

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