Being the fifth leading cause of death in the US, affecting over 17 million people every year and around 346 million across the world, Diabetes is rightly defined as the silent killer. The projections of the World Health Organization indicate that diabetes-related deaths are doubling as we speak, posing a huge threat to the global health
The modern approach towards treatment
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder and Allopathy suggests Insulin Therapy as the best bet to maintain the sugar levels normal. Though very effective, this treatment does not provide a permanent and stable solution, since the action of insulin does not last long and frequent injections are required. Ayurveda, the most reliable alternative therapy, bridges the gap through its age-old techniques and medications.
Ayurveda – The Rejuvenator
Prameha or Madhumeha (Madhu-Honey, Meha-Flow; which means frequent urination or presence of sugar in urine) as Ayurveda calls diabetes, considers it as one of the Maharogas (Maha-Major, Roga-Disease). Any disease in Ayurveda is correlated to an imbalance (dosha) of either – Pitta, Vata or Kapha. Diabetes based on this theory is divided into 20 sub classes – 10 sub classes of Kapha , 6 sub classes of Pitta and 4 sub classes of Vata.
Why a holistic approach?
Diabetes is said to affect the five sheaths of the body. Sheaths – Koshas, are the five finer grades of energies which constitute the human body. They are -
- Food sheath (Annamaya kosha)
- Energy sheath (Pranamaya kosha)
- Mind sheath (Manomaya kosha)
- Intellectual sheath (Vijnanamaya kosha)
- Bliss sheath (Anandamaya kosha).
Thus, the treatment of all the five impaired sheaths requires a rather holistic approach, than mere controlling of sugar levels, to restore the lost balance. This is achieved by emphasizing on nutrition, exercise, and formulations and herbs.
‘Balance’ – The core of Ayurveda
Nutritional therapy - Includes diet charts which address the imbalance (doshas) of inappropriate insulin production and insulin resistance, restoring normal functionality.
Exercise - Yoga, a 5000-year-old sister science of Ayurveda which promotes physical fitness, flexibility, stability and mental relaxation.
Formulations and herbs - The Charkha Samhita has elaborate chapters on the origins and cures using formulations and herbs, which aim to work on the deep-seated root cause of the disease. These work by bolstering the person’s immunity, enriching digestion, and normal functioning of tissues, duly ensuring proper production of insulin. The fact worth mentioning is that customized formulations can be prescribed to each individual to match his body constitution, ensuring no side effects. Some of the commonly used effective herbs are:
- Wood apple
- Bitter gourd
- Sagar gota
- Gurmar leaves
This ageless alternative therapy has gained accolades since its inception and continues to remain as the multi-pronged and miraculous approach, making its way towards mainstream medicine.