Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disease and a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (glucose) and released into the bloodstream. The hormone Insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't effectively use the insulin it does make. Untreated Diabetes can damage your nerves, eyes, kidneys and other organs. In Ayurveda 'Prameha" which means Obstinate Urinary Disease is a group of diseases, this includes all disorders involving urinary system, diabetes and so on.
In Ayurveda, Diabetes is classified into 20 forms based on the dominant Doshas in the body. This equals four Vata-related types, six Pitta-related types and ten Kapha-related types. If Prameha is not treated, it develops into ‘Madhumeha’ or Diabetes Mellitus.
According to Ayurveda, diabetes can develop into two ways, those are; Dhatulakshya (loss of Dhatus or Tissues in Body) and Avarana (blockage of pathways or channels in body)
Types of Diabetes
● Type 1 Diabetes
It is caused by an autoimmune reaction that causes your body to stop making enough insulin. It is often seen in children and hence is also called juvenile diabetes.
● Type 2 Diabetes
It is called Diabetes Mellitus and it is caused as your body is not using Insulin produced, this leads to abnormal or irregular blood sugar levels.
● Gestational Diabetes
It develops in pregnant women due to hormonal imbalances. It usually has risk on growing foetus and thus preventive steps and measures are to be taken.
Ayurvedic takes an integrated approach to help manage diabetes and most health concerns. Ayurvedic ways to manage ‘Madhumeha’ are; remedies using herbs, dietary changes to manage and control diabetes, lifestyle changes to manage diabetes. To make this process easy, We at Amrutam have designed ‘Diabkey Capsules’. It is an effective herbal medicine used to control diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes
● Excessive thirst and hunger
● Dry mouth
● Blurry vision
● Frequent urination
● Sudden weight loss
● Irregular sugar levels
Ayurvedic Herbs for Diabetes
Amla or Indian Gooseberry is a potent herb rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Due to the presence of minerals like chromium it is perfect for treating and keeping diabetes under control, as this mineral enables proper carbohydrate metabolism. Chromium also allows the body to react and respond with insulin. Minerals like Calcium, Phosphorus and Iron are also present in Amla and help in regulation of blood sugar levels.