Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine, native to India. This system developed for many centuries, and it is now more than 5000 years old. Ayurveda is primarily a system of preventive medicine that is literally translated as the "science of life" or "practices of longevity." This system prevents the disease and rejuvenates the body systems through various lifestyle interventions and natural therapies. Its goal is to provide a patient with better view and understanding of his own body, the mind, and the way they interact together. According to ayurveda, everything is grounded on the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether. The ideal of health is to keep the various elements well balanced.Ayurvedic view on diabetes
According to ayurveda, diabetes is a kapha type of disorder, which involves disturbance in equilibrium of water and earth. Treatment of diabetes is, therefore, focused on restoring the balance of these elements, by using different approaches, including diet modification and various herbal remedies.
Dietary modifications are based on eliminating sugar and the rest of the simple carbohydrates from the diet. Protein intake and fats are also limited, since they damage the kidneys or put additional pressure on the pancreas. Patients are advised to take more vegetables and more bitter herbs. Foods like roasted or fried barley, corn flour, light, bitter vegetables, barley porridge, ghee, and rice are highly recommended. One of the best remedies is prepared by soaking barley in a triphala decoction overnight, and mixing it with honey. The remedy is eaten several times a day.
Herbal remedies are also used in treatment of diabetes. Bitter herbs such as gokshura, gudmar, triphala, musta, cardamom, fenugreek, or coriander, are often consumed mixed with honey. The easiest herbal remedy to prepare is made by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of ground bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, with 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel. The mixture is taken twice a day before lunch and dinner.Very good but highly expensive is Vasanta Kusumakar Ras. It is used along with butter, milk-cream, honey or milk on an empty stomach in the morning and evening. It can also be taken in a mixture with makardhwaj and godanti bhasm, and eaten with chyawanprash or Honey.Other methods
Ayurvedic methods used to heal diabetes also include exercises, oil massage, steam, sitz or waist bath, and sprinkling of water and ointment. Patients are advised to take a walk each morning and evening, to do yoga asanas and breathing exercises.