As the health care professions look seriously at alternative modalities of medicine, a growing interest in traditional Indian medicine is emerging worldwide simultaneously. As with any popular development, aspects of the Indian medical system and its cures have sometimes been appropriated by individuals not wholly familiar with the basics of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda: The traditional medical science or the science of longevity
Traditional Ayurveda is a sophisticated system of medicine that has been practiced in India for over 2,500 years. Like other forms of alternative and complementary medicine, it focuses on the whole organism and its relation to the external world, in order to regenerate and maintain the harmonious balance that exists within the body and between the body and its external environment. One of the oldest known ayurvedic texts called Charaka Samhita (which means Compendium of Charaka), has compiled Ayurvedic medical knowledge.
DIABETES symptoms were described in the chapter Prameh. Such patients were grouped into two forms, which correspond exactly to the modern WHO classification of type-1 and type-2 diabetes. As per Charaka Samhita, the first group (now categorized as Type 1 form) included even slim and younger patients whereas the second group consisted of middle-aged and obese persons (now categorized as Type 2) who acquired the diabetes as disease due to their lifestyle and eating habits like; eating large amounts of good food and not being physically very active.
Generally, the treatment methods for diabetes mellitus categorize it as a dietary disease, but Ayurveda does not involves treatment of diabetes mellitus only as a dietary disease but looks it at a much wider perspective. Ayurveda believes that diabetes cannot be treated simply by medicine or controlling a dietary routine. The involvement of a healthy lifestyle and living an active life must be included along with diet and medicines. Ayurveda has also stressed on leading a life with less of mental agony or stress.
As per Ayurveda, the origin of most of Vataja Prameha diseases like diabetes is from brain hence it is very important for a human being to keep his/her brain in a balanced and harmonious manner.
There are many a differences in treatment of diabetes among other forms and Ayurveda. In our earlier blog we had told about how diabetes mellitus can cause complications on kidney, paralysis or skin related diseases. The conventional medical science tries to reduce the blood sugar level to treat diabetes but does not put emphasis on treatment of complications arising out of diabetes which later becomes a cause of treatment for other problems too.
A Glimpse on Ayurvedic Treatment of Diabetes
Ayurveda is an all-inclusive approach towards treatment of diabetes. It’s like linking and bringing harmony between the human being, their health and the universe.
This age old wisdom involves a larger context of our lifestyle with regards to naturally available substances. Ayurveda which is also known as a sister to Yoga basically stresses on a person’s wellbeing through physical exercises and in case of any ailment finding solutions through naturally available herbs. In the modern age too, the crux of type 2 diabetes treatment lies in the same element: controlling what we eat and how often we exercise to maintain a healthy body. Type 2 diabetes is preventable through self-discipline.
Ayurveda provides the knowledge of herbs, certain healthy natural food substances and fruits etc. which if we can include in our daily eating habits may help us control the sugar levels.
Visit any ayurvedic practitioner and he shall emphasis on your complete and active involvement towards treatment of your disease by having proper medication, balanced diet, inculcating a healthy lifestyle and healthier habits. Ayurvedic treatment accepts every human body as a different subject as they understand that Vataja dosh behave differently in each body, asking questions on diet, exercise routine, eating habits, eating frequency, recent illness and there symptoms, and also by observing bodily descriptions such as weight gives an ayurvedic practitioner the advantage of preparing a customized plan to bring accord in between a body and its universe.
The important aspect of Ayurvedic treatments for Type 2 Diabetes are included under following major heads which we shall discuss in detail in our coming blogs:
- Remedial Herbs for controlling the sugar levels
- Including easily available kitchen herbs/ spices which in routine diets or are suggested in certain forms at specific times
- Dietary suggestions for longer duration benefits
- Certain forms of Yoga/ exercises
- Suggestions for adopting healthier habits
Our body is also a machine, for example if we wish to keep our car or bike running for a longer duration don’t we prefer to get its periodic maintenance done? Don’t we keep a regular check of our automobiles’ brakes, engine oil levels and other vital parameters always checked? Your body is much-much more important than that, therefore we always strongly suggest our friends and readers to take preventive steps rather than getting corrective treatments for Type 2 diabetes.
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Take good care of yourself!
Dr. Alka Singhal
Team - Grass-Diabetes.com