Alternative Herbs to Control Blood Sugar

herbs for diabetes

Diabetes is like a math problem where each patient has solution of its own, but sometimes the same solution is ineffective on others. And that’s why even though we should explore each and every avenue available to us but we should do it with caution. And should never abandon the main course of medicine we take the miracle cure “Insulin”.

There’s a lot of talk and misguiding information about the various alternative therapies that are available for the treatment of diabetes. You cannot trust anyone who wants to give you a diabetes free lifestyle. Always consult your healthcare team before making any decision about alternative treatment. And don’t worry not all medical professional are skeptic about alternative treatment, some of them do approve these kind of additional supplements.    By treatment I am referring to the control of diabetes and not the cure because as of now no stable and definitive cure has been found for diabetes. The most viable and forthcoming solution that has been found is Artificial Pancreas.

It is a new technology which is still under development to help people with diabetes automatically secrete insulin when needed thus providing an alternative to  endocrine functionality of a healthy pancreas.

While the current solution of insulin replacement therapy is appreciated for its life-saving purpose but the task of manually managing the blood glucose level with insulin alone is difficult and lacking and that’s why needs more improvement.

So we still need to look and research alternative therapies because you never know which can be your way to a little freedom from diabetes.

I have listed some of the most common and most popular supplements taken by people that they trust and support.

1) Ginseng

Several different varieties of ginseng available, but studies have shown that ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) found in North American may improve blood sugar control and glycosylated hemogobin (a form of hemoglobin in the blood used to monitor blood glucose levels over time) levels.



2) Chromium

Chromium is a mineral that plays an important role in carbohydrate and fat metabolism and helps body cells properly respond to insulin. Studies have found that people with diabetes have low levels of chromium in their body.

There are studies that suggest chromium supplementation may be effective, but they are far from conclusive and in some studies the effect of chromium on trial patients had no effect whatsoever.


3) Aloe Vera

Although aloe vera gel is generally used as home remedy for minor burns and other skin conditions, recent research have shown that aloe vera gel may help people with diabetes.Researchers separated a number of active phytosterol compounds from the gel that reduced blood glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin levels.


4) Vijaysar (Pterocarpus marsupium)

It is a medium/ large, deciduous tree that generally grows near India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Parts of the Vijaysar (heartwood, leaves, flowers) have long been used for their medicinal properties in Ayurveda. The heartwood part of Vijaysar is used in the treatment of inflammation and diabetes. The gum resin of P. marsupium is the only product ever found to regenerate beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. Also known as Indian Kino is available in powder form which is made from the bark of the tree.
 I don’t recommend these cures to EVER replace your conventional medical care practices and most responsible and well educated (certainly not cons) practitioners would NEVER make any kind of outlandish suggestion or claim that a particular alternative cure will work most definitely.

90 % of the world’s naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, and nutritionists understand that these things only help promote health and control diabetes up to a certain level and not eliminate it entirely and admit the fact that these were never meant to replace the job of insulin and proper diabetes care.

So, remember this. Alternative medicines and therapies can be beneficial — they can relieve stress , improve control and assist you in taking care of yourself.

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  • jaspinder kaur

    Useful post and info….

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