Saturday, January 2, 2010

ayurvedic cure for diabetes

Ayurvedic cure for madu meha -diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus or Prameha or Madhumeha or Asrava has become the most dangerous killer disease across the globe. Though thousands of people are dying with Diabetes around the world every year, yet there is no discovery of the cure of this disease. The more unfortunate part is that there is very less awareness among people on the capabilities of Ayurveda, to not only prevent these disease (even for them who have history in family) but it can also be cured to a certain extent in more than one ways like frequency of taking insulin injections is reduced drastically or improving functioning of pancreas that generates insulin or reducing the requirement of insulin by body etc.

We all know that Diabetes Mellitus is the medical condition in which there is an accumulation of glucose in the blood and urine of the person. So, it is a metabolic disorder, which is caused due to malfunctioning of pancreas – which is responsible for production of an important hormone called insulin.

According to Ayurveda, Diabetes is divided in 4 major types (and total 21 types)

  • Kapha type (again divided into 10 type

  • Pitta type (again divided into 6 type

  • Vata type (divided into 4 types)

  • Juvenile diabetes for children

 It is categorized by Ayurveda as 'maharoga  (major disease) because it affects most part of the body and every cell of the human physiology. The ancient Indian physicians described not only the sweetness of urine as one of the major symptoms but also the relationship of the disease with disturbance of the 5 sheaths of the body – Annamaya kosha (Food sheath), Pranamaya kosha (Energy sheath), Manomaya kosha (Mind Sheath), Vijnanamaya kosha (Intellectual Sheath) and Anandamaya kosha (Bliss Sheath).

Though Prameha (Diabetes) is a tridoshaja vyadhi, the relative predominance of any one dosha and dooshya enables its classification in to Vathaja, Pithaja and Kaphaja pramehas. These have further been classified in to twenty sub categories (as highlighted above) in all the three classics of Ayurveda. Kaphaja and Pittaja prameha have been sub classified in to ten types and six types respectively. These sixteen types have the physical characteristics of urine that is colour, density and volume depending up on the different gunas of Kapha and Pitta. Vataja prameha has been sub classified in to four types depending up on dhatu being excreted through urine.

The prodromal symptoms of this disease are:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Foul smell of the body
  • Looseness the body
  • Feeling of lethargy
  • Heavy heart feeling
  • Feel like something coated on eyes
  • Excessive growth of nails and hair
  • Affinity toward cold
  • Dryness of throat and palate
  • Sweet taste in mouth
  • Burning sensation in palms and foot soles
  • Sweetness in urine
After catching Diabetes, the main symptoms are:

  • Increased thirst, increased urination, increased appetite are the initial signs

  • Blurred vision, skin irritation or infection, weakness or loss of strength, and decreased healing capability 

  • Sugar in urine

If diabetes is not identified at the right time advanced symptoms like fluid and electrolyte imbalance, acidosis, coma are also seen.

Role of Ojus in Prameha: Ojus is the essence of life, an extract of the seven dhathus (Elements) represented as bala (strength) of the body. The ojus in a healthy person determines the physical, psychic, sensory motor functions of the body. This is a biochemical component of the body which is reddish-white in color and residing in heart & other vital organs of the body. If ojus is disturbed, degeneration will be fast and will result in decreased life span. In prameha, ojus is expunged from the body through all navadwaras (Nine Exits of human body) especially through urine & sweat.

Ojus gets imbalanced in prameha in two ways:

  • Through obstruction in blood vessels (srothorodha)
  • Degeneration of the body components is dhatu kshaya which can cause both cardiac & nervous system disorders - all this is ojakshaya meaning an imbalance in Ojus
Let us now talk about the various treatments suggested by Ayurveda that have the potential to reduce and sometimes remove Prameha or Diabetes.

Bitter Gourd: This can be utilized quite effectively in treatment of Diabetes as it contains a hypoglycemic or insulin-like principle, designated as plant-insulin, which has been found precious in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels. The best method is to take the juice of about four or five Karelas (bitter gourd) each morning on an empty stomach. Alternatively (or additionally), the seeds can be added to food in a powdered state. Diabetics can also use bitter gourd in the state of a decoction by boiling the pieces in water or in the form of dry powder.

Indian Gooseberry: Since it is high in vitamin C content, it is helpful in reducing blood sugar levels. Researches have shown that the anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C taken with other supplements has a great effect on diabetics, helping them lowering high sugar blood levels. It also helps reducing the risk of atherosclerosis too, that often occurs in diabetics. In this way the onset of heart stroke is easily delayed, and you may be well protected.

Blackberry: Jamun or black berry is quite useful in Diabetes treatment. Since pancreas malfunctioning is one of the characteristics of Diabetes and Jamun positively impact pancreas, it is an effective treatment of Diabetes. Its seeds contain a glucoside 'jamboline' which is supposed to have the power to check the pathological conversion of starch into sugar in cases of increased production of glucose. In addition of blackberry fruit, the tree bark is also useful for diabetic patients. The method of taking Jamun is to dry and powder its fruit seeds. One teaspoon of this powder should be mixed in one cup of milk or water or half a cup of curd, and taken two times daily. The internal bark of Jamun tree can also be dried and burnt after which it will be converted to white color ash. This ash must be pestled in mortar, strained and bottled. And then the diabetic patient should be given ten grams of this ash on an empty stomach with water in the morning, and twenty grams in the afternoon, and in the evening an hour after taking meals.

Other herbal remedies that are helpful in treating Diabetes are:
Cumin Seeds: Take Wild jeera (cumin seeds) black colored 60 gm and mix in 1 litre of water everyday. Boil and reduce it to 1/4th litre and take half part. Divide it into two equal parts and drink  one part in the morning and one in the evening 2 times daily.
Bengal Gram: Water extract or soup of kala chana (Bengal Gram) enhances the use of glucose and the insulin requirement goes down in the body considerably. Diabetes patients who are on a set diet which does not severely limit the intake of carbohydrates, but includes liberal amounts of Bengal gram extract, have shown significant improvement in their fasting blood sugar levels, glucose tolerance, urinary excretion of sugar, and general condition. Pulses from the same family like black gram are also quite useful in Diabetes treatment. In fact, two tablespoons of germinated black gram, taken with half a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice and a teaspoon of honey, is quite effective if taken everyday once for at least 100 days. Only thing that needs to be taken care of, in this case is that the intake of carbohydrates should be controlled.
Mango Leaves: The tender leaves of the mango tree are measured useful in diabetes. An infusion is prepared by soaking 15 gm of fresh leaves in 250 ml of water overnight, and squeezing them fine in the water in the morning. This filtrate should be taken every morning to manage early diabetes. As an option, the leaves should be dried in the shade, powdered and preserved for use when necessary. Half a teaspoon of this powder should be taken two times in a day everyday.
As Ayurveda healing principles are based on three main methods of treatment that are Ahaar (Food), Vihar (Exercise) and Aushadh (Medicine), there are other prescribed treatments of this disease in Ayurveda. We will discuss these treatments now:
In Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus {Vathaja prameha} Patients are advised to have Bhrimhana medication & diet which increases dhathus in the body. 
In Type 2 Diabetes, obese diabetic patient with optimal body strength having intense increase of doshas, Purification of the body is advocated whcich is dependent on dosha predominance (Kaphaja are advised to have emetics, Pittaja are advised to have purgation.)
  • Snehanam (prescription of oils internally & externally)
  • Sodhana (Purification therapy under category three) – The treatment activities that are part of Sodhna are a) Vamanam (Induced Vomiting), b) Virechanam (Induced lose motions) and c) Vasthi (This process is the application of medicine through the anal route. This is indicated only in specific condition
  • Shamanam (Suppression of symptoms)
  • Pathya – Apathyas (Prescribed Diet)
  • Vyayamam (exercises)
In strong prameha patients, but with   increased doshas, sodhana chikitsa (treatment) is prescribed. The Purification Therapies are most important treatment in this condition. Snehana karma should be done before giving sodhana chikilsa.generaly  swedana is contra indicated in prameha as swethathi pravruthy (profuced sweating) and is one of the main symptom of prameha. Moreover swedana induces kleda which is a causative factor for this disease. Different snehanas (oliations) are advised in different stages of prameha 

The most common problem in diabetic patient is a general body weakness & a fast deterioration of the major organs affecting all physiological systems including the mind.
Mild forms of snehana, shodhana & Shamana treatments accompanied with drugs formulated for this protocol has been very effective in controlling Kaphapitta type of prameha. The rugs or herbs that can be taken as treatment for diabetes are

  • Arogyavardhini

  • Vasanta Kusumakar Ras

  • Chandraprabhavati

  • Triphala with Amalaki juice

  • Gudmar

  • Shilajit
Last but not the least, the role of yogasana in controlling diabetes is enormous and one of the asana that is seen to be giving best results, paschimottana–asana. If this asana is practiced daily without fail, it generates related energy that reduces the insulin requirement in the body and hence helpful in reducing the need of insulin injections. Other helpful asanas are halasana, pranayam and meditation.

how to control the madhu meha

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the body is unable to make proper use of glucose resulting in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glycosuria (sugar in urine). Poorly managed diabetes can lead to a host of long-term complications like Heart attacks, strokes, blindness, nerve damage and even impotence in men.
Diabetes can be controlled and it has been verified by various studies. As per Ayurveda There are 20 forms of this disease: 4 are due toVata, 6 result from Pitta, and 10 are caused by Kapha. But prameha is mainly kaph domianant disorder


  • Diet- increasing kapha dosha such as sugar, fats, potatoes, rice

  • Lack exercise

  • Mental stress and strain

  • Excessive sleep etc


  • Excessive urine formation & Frequent urination

  • Burning of palms and soles

  • Increased hunger

  • Excessive Thirst

  • Sweet taste to mouth etc.

  • Weight Loss

  • Blurry Vision

  • Wounds that take time to heal

  • Skin Infections

  • Unexplained extreme fatigue


  • Diet planning- is the cornerstone of managing diabetes.The diabetic diet is an otherwise normal balanced diet, with a few modifications and proper spacing between food intakes. Avoid diet increasing kapha dosha such as sugar, fats, potatoes, rice. Avoid alcohol

  • Daily exercise- One of the methods to heal prameha include strenuous exercises. Regular exercise in any form is a must. In 'Yogasanas' - Forward bending asanas like 'Paschimottanasan','Halasan' etc. are effective

  • Restrict and reduce weight

  • Avoid sleeping during daytime.

  • Avoid smoking

  • Try to reduce stress by implementing & practicing Yoga

Useful herbs

  • Jambhul (Eugenia jambolana) Powder from jamun core is useful.\

  • Gurmar(gymnema sylvestre)

  • Sagar gota (Ceasalpinia crista)\

  • Bel (Aegle marmelos)

  • Shilájit

  • Turmeric

  • Neem

  • Triphala


Constipation (Anaha)   according to AYURVEDIC MEDICINE
Constipation means an undue delay in the evacuation of the faeces. This may be due to abnormal retention of faecal matter or delay in the discharge of excreta from the rectum.
·         Lack of green vegetables, roughage.
·         Abuse of laxatives.
·         Diminished expulsive power due to weakness of abdominal muscles or pelvic floor.
·         Excess intake of astringent foods.
·         Sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercises.
·         Lack of Peristaltic movement or piles.
·         A feeling of rectal fullness.
·         Left sided abdominal pain.
·         Passage of mucus through the rectum.
·         Rectal bleeding.
·         Anorectal discomfort.
·         Headache.
Undigested food and occult stool get slowly accumulated in the stomach and large intestines respectively and vitiate vata dosha which results in obstruction of digestive tract.
Types of Constipation:
·         Amaj anah
·         Purishaj anah
Amaj anah:
In this type of constipation, the patient has symptoms like thirst, coryza, burning sensation in head, abdominal pain and heaviness, nausea, no clear belching.
Purishaj anah:
This is due to retention and putrification of faeces in the large intestines. It causes spasm and colic pain in the lumbar region. Retention of urine and stools, unconsciousness, sometimes faeces in the vomitus, breathing difficulty etc.
General guidelines for diet.
·         Rice can be eaten with steamed vegetables, which should be garnished with spices. Khichari also should be used. Strict attention to diet is essential for recovery.
·         Starchy, protein and fatty foods should be restricted.
·         Meats, sugar, tea, coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods, white flour and white sugar products should be avoided.
·         Heavy gravies, puddings, cakes, chocolates, pastries and alcohol should be avoided. Soft drinks, candies, ice creams and products made with sugar and white flour should be avoided.
·         Non-vegetarian foods should be avoided.
·         Pomegranate fruit, buttermilk, soup of reddish are beneficial.
Tips for improving digestion
·         A very simple way to is to give up the habit of eating too much. Try to regulate eating hours and always leave part of the stomach empty for movement of food during digestion.
·         Eat fresh and natural foods. Avoid preserved, canned, or fast foods.
·         Never suppress natural urges, such as passing urine, stool or flatus, sneezing, belching, yawning and even crying. Suppression of such urges aggravates toxins in the body.
·         Create regular meal times. Maintain at least 4 hours of interval between two meals.
·         Eat dinner before 2 hours of sleeping. Take a walk after dinner.
Dietary guidelines
·         Consume food in proper quantity.
·         Eat when you are hungry.
·         Foods should complement, not contradict each other.
·         Eating in a pleasant environment is preferable.
·         Eating should be paced properly (not too fast or slow).
·         Minimize distractions while eating.
·         Food should be eaten according to constitution.
·         Eat freshly prepared foods as much as possible. If you have to eat leftovers, make sure they are not more than a day old.
·         Avoid poor food combinations, such as very hot and very cold foods; raw and cooked food; milk and fish; or milk and meat.
·         Avoid microwave cooking. It disperses energy and is ultimately weakening over time. This has been scientifically and empirically proven.
·         Food should look and smell appetizing. Pleasant garnishes and attractive table settings helps to instill a sense of harmony at the dinner table.
·         Drink spring or purified water. Avoid distilled water, which does not contain any minerals and have a tendency to accumulate them from your system. This weakens bones, teeth, hair, nails and skin. However, various mineral formulations are nowadays available. These can be added to the distilled water to rectify this problem.
Lifestyle Practices
·         Try to get up early in the morning and drink two to three glasses of water the first thing in the morning. It is preferable to store the water in a copper pot on the previous night. It helps to remove toxins from the body. In winters you may warm this water.
·         Regular meditation, yoga and exercise are advisable. Exercise promotes circulation and helps to maintain the blood flow to every part of the body. Exercise to half of your strength.
·         Proper rest and sound sleep are advisable.
·         Keep your mind relaxed.
·         Avoid keeping awake late into nights and try to get up early in the morning.
·         Add morning and night walk to daily routine.
·         Avoid too hot and too cold temperature.
Specific guidelines
·         Drink two glasses of water in the morning, gradually increasing the volume up to six glasses.
·         Drink buttermilk after meals.
·         Meals should be of light, easily digestible food and should be eaten when hungry.
·         Heavy and spicy foods should be avoided.
·         Fresh fruits and vegetable soups should be increased in diet.
·         Sprouts, salads, turnips, prunes, apple, pears etc are good.
·         Herbs used are ginger, terminalia chibulis, plumbago zeylanica, calotropis.
Medicinal treatment
Herbal powders
·         Hingwashtak churna
·         Haritakvadi churna
·         Narach churna
·         Arogyavardhini vati
·         Triphala ghee
·         Pippalyadi ghee
·         Abhayarishta
·         Drakshasav
·         Panchkarma treatment
·         Snehan/swedan
·         Virechan
·         Vasti


Ayurveda has much to offer for treating peptic ulcer. Ayurvedic term for peptic ulcer, “Parinam shool”, is a disorder caused by the Agni bhootha

Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer
Abdominal pain
Heart burn

Causes of Peptic Ulcer 
The main cause of the peptic ulcer is hyperacidity, a condition of excess digestive acid in the stomach. Improper life style and diet is another reason. The conditions which prop up increase in hydrochloric acid secretion cause peptic ulcer

Factors that Cause Hyperacidity
Intake of spicy and hot foods
Irregular eating
Alcohol consumption
Stress and anxiety
Excessive use of pain killers like aspirin, ibuprofen etc
Excessive intake of tea and coffee

Treatment for Peptic Ulcer Ayurvedic treatment for peptic ulcer is aimed at two things, 1) to reduce the quantity of digestive fluids produced in the stomach 2) To neutralise the digestive acids Here are some Ayurvedic and herbal remedies for peptic ulcer:
Home Remedies
Eat more banana and plantain
Drink cold milk
Drink more water
Drink juices of raw vegetables like cabbage
Take small meals frequently (do not overeat)
Take barley, papal, paraval prepared with honey

Ayurvedic Remedies
Sukhumara Ghrita is widely prescribed for peptic ulcer
Snehapanam, a medicated ghee, is a treatment used for Peptic Ulcer
Take Avipatrika Churna regularly
Amalpitanthak Loh, Leela Vilas ras and Chanderkala Ras are good medicines for peptic ulcer

Life style and Diet
Do not drink alcohol, tea, coffe, cola or smoke, instead, take barley water regularly
Do not use aspirin and other pain killers
Eat food timely
Relax yourselves
Avoid spicy, hot and fried foods
Avoid garlic, yogurt, ginger etc
Avoid baked food, breads, cakes etc
Avoid pickles and hot sausages

Ayurvedic Treatment Of The Duodenal Ulcer

People having too much of tension, worry and anxiety have been found to suffer from duodenal ulcer.
In Ayurveda, the condition — duodenal ulcer – is referred to as Grahani. People having the Vatika type of physical composition are prone to suffer from duodenal ulcer. Even those having the psychic temperament can suffer from this condition. Duodenal ulcer affects the duodenum.
Mentionably, a person with a strong mind and determination can cure this disease even without any treatment. The ailment automatically subsides.
However, it may again recur during a psychic strain or stress. It may recur even if there is a disturbance in the intake of food.

The duodenum plays a pivotal role in the digestive process. The duodenum is a horseshoe-shaped section surrounding a part of the pancreas and the pancreatic duct. It also envelops the ducts from the liver and gall bladder that open into it. Two ducts are connected to the duodenum. One duct excretes pancreatic juice into the duodenum; the other secretes bile.
The topmost portion of the duodenum is connected to the lowest end of the stomach. The duodenum is about 20 cm in length.
The middle part of the small intestine, extending from the duodenum to the ileum, is called the jejunum, and the terminal portion is the ileum, which leads into the side of the first part of the large intestine, known as the cecum.
The lining membrane, or mucosa, of the small intestine is especially suited for the purpose of digestion and absorption. The mucosa is folded; the folds are covered with minute mucosal projections called villi.
Each villus is a small tube of epithelium surrounding a small lymphatic vessel, or lacteal, and many capillaries. Tiny glandular pits, called the crypts of Lieberkühn, open at the bases of the villi. These pits secrete the enzymes necessary for intestinal digestion.
Digested carbohydrates and proteins pass into the capillaries of the villi and then to the portal vein, which enters the liver; digested fats are absorbed into the lacteals in the villi, and they are transported through the lymphatic system into the general bloodstream. The lining of the small intestine also secretes a hormone called secretin, which stimulates the pancreas to produce digestive enzymes.
During this process, the patient suffering from duodenal ulcer at times experiences pain in the abdomen. This colic pain is termed as Parinama shula. It takes place due to the predominance of Vayu. Colic pain results after the formation of duodenal ulcer.
More often than not, colic pain takes place when one is hungry. It, however, subsides after one takes food. There may be exceptions, though.
Chronic colic pain arising due to duodenal ulcer causes the patient starts to lose weight. This happens because the body fails to absorb the food consumed. The digestive system fails to function to its optimum capacity.
The patient becomes too sensitive and irritable due to his/her weak constitution.
Sometimes, the ulcers start bleeding as well.
The blood appears back in colour as it has to come out through non-functioning intestines.
The stool may also appear black due to this bleeding process.
The patient may vomit during this condition. On rare occasions blood may accompany the purged mucous substances
Constipation accelerates and aggravates the wind formation process inside the tummy in particular and the abdomen in general. This condition, in turn, precipitates the attack of pain.
The patient should be tendered laxative to cure constipation. Two very effective laxatives are the husk of Isahagol and castor oil. Either of these medications should be given to the patient at bedtime.
The patient should regularly have pomegranate, amalaki, wheat, old (the one preserved for at least one year) rice, ghee and cheese prepared from cow’s milk, and skimmed milk.
Don’t consume pulses;
Fried food items are also prohibited;
Similarly stay away from sour and hot items like curd, chillies, and spices.
All in all, avoid all food items that promote roughness and dryness in the physique.
The patient should have sound sleep at nights;
The patient must have sufficient rest;
The patient must not be allowed to tolerate any tension, worry or mental strain and stress.
Such persons should not observe fasts;
Nor should a patient remain on an empty tummy for long.

Ayurveda prescribed medications prepared from pure ghee (prepared from only cow’s milk) for patients suffering from chronic colic pain arising due to duodenal ulcer. In fact, these medications work for both the aforementioned conditions.
One should not be under the delusion that disappearance of the colic pain connotes cure of duodenal ulcer or colic pain.
Both can return with a vengeance!
Hence, it is always advisable to adopt a counter-offensive posture. The strategy is to strike at the very root of both the ailments. This can be possible only when the patient continues the medicines (prepared from the medicated ghee). These medicines need to be consumed over a sufficiently long time to enjoy permanent respite from the ailment.
The medicines work in a two-fold strategy:
First, they cure the symptoms;
Finally these medicines prepare a shield against these diseases.
These five Ayurvedic medicines are Shatavari ghritta, Amalaki ghrita, Shankha bhasma, Mahashankha vati and Sukumara ghrita.
Medicated ghee is the primary ingredient of the first two mentioned medications, viz., Shatavari ghritta and Amalaki ghrita. The others also have a considerable portion of the medicated ghee; but they also require considerable ratios of other ingredients.
Shankha bhasma is prescribed against colic pain.
The dose: Give the patient half a teaspoonful of this powder thrice daily. He/she should follow it up with a cup of hot water.
Mahashankha ghritta is recommended for patients suffering from acute colic pain. As the terminology ‘Vati’ implies, this medication is available in the tablet (pill) form across the Ayurvedic counters. It is an intense form of Shankha bhasma.
The dose: Two tablets thrice daily. The dose can be increased to four times if the intensity and frequency of colic pain is intense and frequent respectively.
Mentionably, the patient should drink a cup of warm water immediately after taking this tablet.
Uses: It cuts down on the colic pain intensity and boosts digestion.
Sukumara ghrita is the commonly prescribed medicine by the Ayurvedic practitioners. The major ingredients of Sukumara ghrita is castor oil and pure ghee (prepared from only cow’s milk).
The dose: Two teaspoonfuls mixed with a cup of warm milk. The medications should be taken on an empty tummy.
Alternative: If the patient cannot have milk, then it can be mixed with a cup of warm water as well.
Note: In case, the symptoms subsist the dose should be increased, but gradually.
Caution Note: If the digestion process fails to respond adequately, it is due to the ghee component. Then, decrease the dose.
However, the digestive capacity of the patient does increase considerably within three-four days of taking the medicine.
In such cases, the person is able to consume additional amount of ghee as well. In such instances, increase the dose by half a teaspoonful daily.
Mentionably, the patient will not experience any discomfort or inconvenience till the dosage is increased to six teaspoonfuls of ghee.
Nonetheless, in such increased dosage the patient may at times feel laziness. It happens due to headache and drowsiness.