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Diabetes mellitus in Ayurveda

Learn how Ayurveda has the remedy to treat Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is correlated with an Ayurvedic disease called Madhumeha. Its patho-physiology takes long term of as high as 3-5 years. Very rarely it may manifest in 1 – 6 months duration in exceptional cases like pregnancy, injury, operation, psychological conditions, infection etc.

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When the Meda (fat), Mamsa (flesh), Shareera kleda (fluids of the body) and Kapha on entering the Basti (urinary system) causes Prameha

CAUSES OF DIABETES

PHYSICAL & MENTAL CAUSES

  • Asyasukham – Comfortable seating (luxury, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activities and exercise)
  • Svapnasukham – comforts of sleeping, excess sleeping
  • Kapha krut cha sarvam – All foods and lifestyle activities which increase Kapha
  • Sahaja (inherited factor)
  • Chinta (stress)
  • Shoka (grief)
  • Bhaya (fear)
  • Deergha roga (long standing illness)
  • Alasya (sedentary life)

Caused by Food and drinks

  • Dadheeni – Excessive consumption of curds and its preparations
  • Gramya-oudaka-anupa mamsa – flesh or meat soup of animals living in water and marshy regions
  • Payamsi – Excessive consumption of milk, its derivatives and preparations
  • Navaanna panam – Food, drinks and dishes prepared from new grains etc
  • Guda vaikruti – Jaggery, its derivatives and dishes made out of it
  • Madhura Ahara (sweet substances)
  • Pishta Ahara (carbohydrate rich food)
  • Adyashana (repeated food intake)
  • Adhikashana (excess food intake)
  • Samashana (improper diet)

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

Classical triad – the three ‘P’s of diabetes

  • Polyuria – frequent urination
  • Polydipsia – an increase in thirst
  • Polyphagia – increased appetite / hunger 

Diabetes Mellitus presents with many spectrums of symptoms. It also depends on the associated conditions. Presence of other symptoms of diabetes (mentioned below) along with classical 3 P’s or couple of them might help in diagnosis.

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Other symptoms of Diabetes

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
  • Slow healing of wounds, cuts and bruises
  • Recurring infections
  • Presence of ketones in the urine
  • Dry or itchy skin / yeast infections
  • Nerve pain / numbness

AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS FOR DIABETES

Line of treatment for Diabetes

Depending on the physical constitution or body type (prakriti), or the health status of an individual, ayurvedic classics advocate two different types of therapy schedules for diabetics.

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1. Apatarpana 

This treatment is prescribed if you are obese and heavily built. In this, along with anti-diabetic herbal medicines, importance is given on de-nourishment of fats and elimination of toxins by way of various exercises.
• Fasting therapies – such as juice fasting, water fasting etc
• Cleansing therapies –called panchakarma (five fold therapies viz. emesis, purgation, oil enema, decoction enema and nasal drops instillation).

1. Santarpana 

This is prescribed if you are chronically ill, with low immunity and underweight due to the draining of essential nutrients. This therapy helps in providing the easily acceptable nutrients and micro-nutrients to rebuild body tissues and help strengthen the defence mechanism without increasing circulating blood sugar and fat tissue. This prevents further damage and ensures enhanced healing and repair. This is achieved by
• Oil enema therapies (Anuvasana Basti)
• Nourishing massages such as Navarakizhi, oil massage
• Administration of nourishing Ayurvedic herbs.

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