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Herbal Treatments that Combat Diabetes

written by: MandaSpring • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 8/17/2010

Diabetes is on the rise, but what many sufferers do not understand is that there are herbal treatments that combat it. Learn more about these safe and effective herbal supplements.

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    What is Diabetes?

    Here is a “myth” that the ADA wishes to put to rest. “Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar.” – American Diabetes Association

    Beta cells are needed in the body in order for the pancreas to produce insulin. In type 1 diabetes the immune system has seen these particular cells as a threat and seeks to destroy them.

    In type 2 diabetes, the beta cells can still do their job but there is just not enough of the insulin produced in the body.

    Once your doctor has diagnosed you with the type of diabetes you have, you can begin herbal treatment for diabetes. This can include one or more herbs as long as you first identify which herbs help with what diabetic problem. For instance some will allow the pancreas to function better and produce more insulin, repair cell damage and others will lower blood sugar.

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    Herbal Treatment for Diabetes

    There are quite a few herbal treatments for diabetes that have been proven by centuries of use and even some recent clinical studies to show anti-diabetic properties. Here, you will find a list of herbs that are affordable and effective. Herbal supplements or fresh herbs in a soothing tea can efficiently combat diabetes and lower blood sugar levels.

    Indian Kino, also known as pterocarpus marsupium, is widely used in India for diabetes. It prevents cell damage and regenerates specific cells that are crucial to the effective treatment of diabetes.

    Bitter melon, has been used in herbal treatment for diabetes. It lowers blood sugar levels. But it should also be taken in small doses as too much can cause stomach discomfort.

    Gymnema Sylvestre helps the pancreas produce insulin as well as allowing the insulin to lower the blood sugar.

    Fenugreek Seeds can be ground up and put into just about anything. The seeds have anti-diabetic elements.

    Ginseng has long been used in Chinese medicine for fighting diabetes. It increases the insulin receptors, it helps the pancreas function normally to produce insulin and it lowers blood sugar.

    As for a few simple additions to a diet, a diabetic should eat onion and garlic. Not only do they have beneficial properties that combat diabetes but they also provide nutrients for heart health. Cinnamon is another great spice to consume. It lowers blood glucose levels, LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides and it is a spice that promotes heart and kidney health.

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