Texts of Ayurveda recommend various effective herbs and medicines for diabetes or madhumeha. Among these cinnamon, bitter gourd and turmeric are very important. These ayurvedic herbs which are recommended for diabetes also help in weight loss and PCOS.
3 Best Ayurvedic Herbs for Diabetes
Cinnamon, Turmeric and Bitter gourd are three main herbs which are recommended in ayurveda for diabetes. Lots of researches have been conducted on these herbs and this has thrown light on usefulness of these herbs in diabetes.
Cinnamon or Dalchini or Twak
Ayurvedic Properties of cinnamon
Cinnamon is light to digest and has three tastes – sweet, bitter and spicy. It is hot in potency and dries up tissues. This spice balances kapha and vata dosha. It reduces itching, nausea and increases appetite. It normalizes digestion.
Based on principles of Ayurveda kapha and vata imbalance is the main reason for diabetes. Cinnamon balances these two doshas and also helps to reduce blood sugar level by reducing body fat. This causes weight loss. Cinnamon effectively reduces itching of skin which is a common symptom in diabetes. Hence this herb is added in NILOBESE AYURVEDIC WEIGHT LOSS TEA.
Several scientific studies have shown that cinnamon can reduce blood cholesterol and also blood sugar level. This spice can be used in form of cinnamon tea or powder. You have to exercise caution if you have migraine and liver problems as this spice may aggravate these conditions.
Bitter Gourd or Bitter melon or Karela
Bitter gourd which is very bitter to taste has a scientific name Momordica Charantia . It is known as karavella or katila in Ayurveda. Texts of Ayurveda describe health benefits and medicinal properties of this fruit as follows.
Ayurvedic Uses of Bitter Gourd
It is light to digest and has cold potency. This fruit is very bitter to taste and balances kapha and pitta dosha. This is specially recommended in meha or diabetes. It is recommended in anaemia and to purify blood. It improves digestion and boosts agni which is very important in diabetes.
According various scientific studies on bitter melon , out of many active bio molecule three substances play a great role in controlling diabetes as they have anti-diabetic properties. They are charantin, vicine and polypeptide-p. These either act individually or together to help to reduce blood sugar level. Bitter melon or karela also helps in weight loss and PCOS. Because of these properties this herb has been used in PCORID CAPSULES which is the best ayurvedic medicine for PCOS.
This fruit can be used in salad or as juice to get the desired effect.
Turmeric or Haldi:
Turmeric also known as haldi in Hindi, is a very common spice in India. All Indian daily recipes have this spice. Ayurveda describes its medicinal properties and health benefits as follows.
Turmeric is bitter to taste and dries up fat tissues. It is hot in potency. It is specifically mentioned to treat skin diseases like psoriasis , itching, wounds etc. It is also recommended for girls to enhance glow and complexion of skin. Turmeric is herb of choice in diabetes and to detoxify liver.
Turmeric has an active ingredient ‘curcumin’ which is the reason for its medicinal properties. Various scientific research have shown that this bio ingredient help to improve insulin resistance and also control blood cholesterol level. Taking this spice orally have helped many to manage their blood sugar level. Turmeric might also protect against the development of diabetes.
Turmeric is eulogised by naturopaths for its weight loss properties. Since obesity , diabetes and PCOS have close links, this herb is very useful in treating female infertility. Turmeric milk is recommended by Ayurveda vaidyas for women who suffer from PCOS