Herbs for Diabetes

Many studies link the benefits of various herbs with controlled blood sugar levels. The following article provides information about the various herbs that may help control diabetes.
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Fluctuation in blood sugar levels, and its after effects are a serious cause of concern among diabetics. While a lot of prescription drugs may help control the blood sugar levels, there are also certain natural herbs and remedies that may help keep diabetes under control. Here, we take a look into the benefits of various herbs for diabetes.
The herbs mentioned here are usually available in the form of herbal supplements, that can be ordered online or bought from the local shop. Their effects would definitely be best when consumed in their raw form.
Aloe Vera
Highly regarded as the 'herb that heals', aloe vera has the ability to lower fasting blood sugar levels. The gel present inside the aloe vera can be consumed directly or it can be dried and consumed. It has been used since ancient times as one of the best herbs to treat diabetes.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
Amla has the ability to stimulate insulin production from the pancreas, and works best when consumed along with the juice of bitter gourd (bitter melon). Not only does amla help control blood sugar levels, but it also helps in fat burning. Apart from this, it also has antioxidant properties.
Bitter Gourd/Bitter Melon
Freshly prepared juice of a bitter melon is among the many herbal treatments that has been used to regulate and lower blood sugar levels. It should be consumed daily to avail its maximum benefits. However, it must not be consumed in excess, as it may cause abdominal discomfort. People affected with hypoglycemia must avoid the consumption of bitter melon and its juice.
Gingko Bilboa
This herb is mainly used to prevent diabetes, and may also be effective in treating the early stages of diabetes. It is also effective for diabetic neuropathy, and may prevent its onset in the early stages by increasing the flow of blood to the nerve endings throughout the body. The herb is effect in prevention of diabetic retinopathy.
Indian Kino
The extract from the tree helps reduce the absorption of glucose from the stomach, and regulates the insulin levels in the body. A very common herb used in Ayurveda, Indian kino is useful for the treatment of several other conditions that affect the body, including leucoderma and diarrhea.
Psyllium or Isabgul has been shown to reduce the effects of diabetes when taken on a regular basis. Moreover, psyllium husk also helps in lowering cholesterol levels and thus, reduces the risk of heart disease.
Cinnamon Bark
Cinnamon has been known to possess properties similar to those of insulin, that enable the lowering of blood sugar levels. It also has the ability to regulate cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Cinnamon can easily be accommodated in your diet, by sprinkling a small amount on the food you eat.
Leaves and seeds of the fenugreek plant may also be used for several medicinal purposes. Among these, lowering of blood sugar levels is one. Its seeds are rich in fiber, which help control cholesterol levels, and reduce weight.
Onion & Garlic
Both of these herbs have the capacity to stimulate the production of insulin by the pancreas. Garlic has properties similar as onions, and therefore helps in lowering the cholesterol too. Including these herbs in your diet, in their raw form, will help keep the blood sugar level under control.
This is another herb that helps in prevention of diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Overall, it is a useful herb for diabetes and the complications that may arise from it.
Tian Hua Fen
Also known as trichosanthis, this herb has been common in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of diabetes. This herb may help keep blood glucose levels and the effects of diabetes on the body under control.
Ginseng is one the most effective herbs to lower the blood sugar levels. It stimulates insulin production by the pancreas, and thereby increasing the amount of insulin receptors. This herb is also known as Asian Ginseng or Ashwagandha.
Since these herbs have the ability to alter blood sugar levels, ensure that you consult your doctor, as well as a qualified herbalist, before resorting to the consumption of these herbs. Remember, though they are herbs, excess may have a negative effect on the body. Also, to prevent the condition from getting worse, always consult a professional, who will tell you which of these herbal remedies is most useful for you, and its right dosage, depending on your blood sugar levels.
Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.