Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body fails to utilize the glucose produced at the end of digestion, leading to increased glucose level in the blood serum and urine. During the process of digestion, the carbohydrate in the consumed food is broken down into glucose. Glucose is important because it provides energy for the cells. To make use of this glucose for energy, a hormone named insulin is needed. People having Diabetes mellitus don’t have sufficient insulin production in their body or the insulin produced is not used for conversion of glucose into energy. Due to this, the glucose levels in the body increases in the blood damaging the blood vessels of vital organs like heart, kidneys, eyes or the nervous system. This can lead to complications like heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and can even suffer from stroke.
In Ayurveda, Prameha refers to urinary abnormality. There are twenty types of Prameha and Madhumeha, commonly known as Diabetes mellitus, is one of them.
Ayurvedic treatments for diabetes range from internal, herbal medications to purifying Panchakarma procedures such as Vamana, Virechana, Vasti etc., based on the severity of the condition. These natural remedies are intended to enhance insulin sensitivity of type – 4 glucose receptors thus reducing insulin resistance, and also to enhance insulin secretion and regeneration of beta cells.
Yoga helps in controlling diabetes. This is mainly because Yoga keeps a check on the causes of Diabetes. Stress and obesity are main causes that can lead to Diabetes. Regular yoga practice with meditation reduces stress and slows down the fat accumulation in the body. Pranayam, surya namaskar, balasana, vajrasana, sarvangasana, halasana, dhanurasana are few of the postures that are effective.
Customized Kerala therapies as prescribed by our doctors, regular yoga and physical exercise, individually tailored low carbohydrate diet and low stress level in day-to-day life goes a long way in maintaining normal blood glucose level.