Ayurvedic treatment for Pre-Diabetes


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Ayurveda treatment focusses on an entire change in the lifestyle of the person. Since pre-diabetes leads to type 2 diabetes, Ayurveda focusses on managing type 2 diabetes or high blood sugar in general. The management of pre diabetes depends on the person’s physique i.e., over weight and strong (sthula and balavan) or lean and weak (Krisa pramehi).

Therefore, the treatment for overweight and strong diabetic begins with bio-cleansing procedures or panchakarma which are aimed at fat-reduction (apatarpana chikitsa) to ensure there is no further complication caused. This is followed by treatment with a combination of herbal medicines (aushadhi), diet changes (aahar), and lifestyle changes (vihar).  The treatment for lean and weak diabetic begins with milder cleansing procedures followed by nourishment therapy for the body.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Increase intake of barley in diet as it is considered the main food for healing diabetes.
  • Turmeric and cinnamon combination is beneficial in early stages of 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 orange, watermelon, apple, jambu, kapitha, amla and papaya.
  • In foods, include oils such as soya bean oil, groundnut oil and mustard oil.
  • Karela juice or white pumpkin 20-30 ml on an empty stomach may be beneficial
  • 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.
  • Taking regular steam may help reduce fat in obese diabetics.
  • Taking sitz or waist bath (warm shallow bath to cleanse the genital area) also helps.
  • Include pranayama (breathing exercise) in your daily routine.
  • Yogasanas such as Tadasana, Salabhasana, Dhanurasana and Paschimottanasana may be useful.

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