How about turning to herbal remedies and medicinal plant derivatives for the treatment of diabetes? While modern medicine is making significant contributions in management and control of diabetic condition, there are a series of indigenously grown herbs and plant derivatives, known to be employed traditionally by local people in the treatment of diabetes, which even the ayurveda experts have found beneficial.
As per head, Department of Dravyaguna, BHU, KN Dwivedi, aloe vera– a widely known household plant originating from arid countries and resembling the cactus– is regarded as a ‘healing herb.’ The dried aloe vera sap and gel (taken from the inner portions of the leaves) are used traditionally to treat diabetes. Similarly, Coccinia indica, also known as the ‘ivy gourd’ that grows wild across the Indian subcontinent, has been traditionally employed in ayurverdic remedies, as the herb has been found to contain insulin-mimetic properties ( mimics the function of insulin). In addition, ‘karela’ or bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is known to help diabetics with insulin secretion, glucose oxidation and other processes.
The ayurveda experts also vouch for ‘tulsi’ leaves or basil (Ocimum sanctum), a herb employed in traditional ayurvedic practices, known for enhancing the functioning of beta cells and facilitate the insulin secretion process.