Over 100 natural herbs and or natural medicines are being used for diabetes care. Specific herbs can accomplish the same actions of conventional medicines and without side effects.
Natural herbs can enable your body to do the following: Inhibit absorption of bad carbohydrates, act as hypoglycemic agents and reduce insulin resistance.
Diabetes herbs classified as miscellaneous help with pains and other diabetes symptoms.
Categories of Herbal Action
Natural herbs used for diabetes can be categorized by the action performed.
- Hypoglycemic agents
- Herbs that reduce insulin resistance
- Carbohydrate absorption inhibitors
Herbs that Lower Blood Glucose
Hyperglycemia or elevated blood glucose is common to type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These herbs are known to be blood glucose lowing agents.
- Bitter melon
Reducers of Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance impedes proper handling of glucose by the body. Consequently, glucose levels remain high. Insulin resistance needs to be reduced or avoided. These herbs accomplish that action.
- American ginseng
- Cassia cinnamon
- Panax ginseng
- Prickly pear cactus
Carbohydrate Absorption Inhibitors
Enabling the body to resist high glycemic index carbohydrates is a favorable condition. The following herbs accomplishes that action.
- Blond psyllium
- Guar gum
- Oat bran
- Prickly pear cactus
There are many herbs and natural medicines that are known to help with diabetes symptoms. These are a few of them.
Alpha-lipoic acid, selenium, stevia, agaricus campestris.
According to the publication Medicina (Kaunas) 2002, research by Savickiene N, Dagilyte A, Lukosius A, in the section bilberry and neuropathy, bilberry protects the eyes, improves concentration and helps with the optic nerves.
The Role of Diet and Exercise
Dr. Vernon, President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians employs a natural approach to diabetes care. Dr. Vernon states, her patients walk in with diabetes symptoms, but "by every objective medical measurement, walk out cured." Changing the diet by removal of carbohydrates is a tactic of her strategy.
Department of Kinesiology and Health, University of Texas at Austin, USA, Sports Med publication, Nov 1997, a study by John Ivy notes: "individuals who maintain a physically active lifestyle are much less likely to develop impaired glucose tolerance and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus."
Natural herbs, diet and exercise can control and cure diabetes.