Diabetes mellitus according to WHO (World Health Organisation) is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. This high blood sugar produces the symptoms of frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. Untreated, diabetes can cause many complications.
Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced.
Though there is a medication for controlling Diabetes in allopathy, we look at the treatment of Diabetes as per alternative schools of medicine on World Diabetes Day.
1. TREATMENT OF DIABETES AS PER UNANI
In Arabic, diabetes is called Ziabetes or Dolab or Zalaqul Kulya and Zalaqul Majari. According to Unani Medicine, Ziabetes Shakri is a disease in which the consumed water is passed out through the kidney immediately after intake by the patient.
In this disease the mizaj (temperament) of kidneys becomes haar (hot) because of which they absorb water from blood circulation and send it to the urinary bladder immediately.
According to Unani, there are two kind of diabetes. One is Ziabetes Haar in which acute symptoms of diabetes (with abrupt onset) occur, such as excessive thirst, increase in urination. Another is Ziabetes Barid in which the thirst and frequency of urination is comparatively less.
There is also a classification, according to presence and absence of sugar in urine. Ziabetes Sada is characterised by excessive thirst and increased urination but there is no sugar in the urine. Ziabetes Shakri is characterised by excessive thirst and urination and presence of sugar in urine.
As per Unani, Diabetes occur due to stress, anxiety, strain and tension (Infaalat-e-Nafsania), over-eating, Excessive use of Alcohol or Sedentary Lifestyle
Unani Drugs (Single drugs recommended for diabetes): Magze tukhme jamun, Karela Bark, Magze tukhme neem, Fenugreek seeds, Bail Leaves, Kalonji, Gurmar booti,
Tabasheer, Sarphooka or Gilo) READ MORE
2. CONTROLLING DIABETES AS PER HOMEOPATHY
Diabetes is a long term disease. Homeopaths resorts to different approach towards Diabetes. When the blood sugar level is very high, the priority is to control it. There are Homeopathic remedies that could reduce the sugar. Another approach is to understand the patient’s profile through a patho- physiological profiling and resort to treatment of his illness. There is yet another approach to understand the patient in depth through a detailed case taking, crate a profile at his physical, mental, social and spiritual level (holistic approach) and then select a constitutional remedy. Each of these approach has its own scope and limitations. The physician has to take a decision as to what approach is needed on a patient depending on his general health, progress of disease, complications, the organs affected etc.
1) Management of Blood sugar
The commonly used remedies are Uranium Nitricum, Phosphoric Acid, Syzygium Jambolanum, Cephalandra Indica etc. These are classical Homeopathic remedies. These are used in physiologically active doses such as Mother tincture, 3x etc. depending up on the level of the blood sugar and the requirement of the patient.
Several pharmaceutical companies have also brought in propriety medicines with a combination of the few Homeopathic medicines. Biochemic remedies which is a part of Homeopathy advocates Biocombination No 7 as a specific for Diabetes. Another Biochemic medicine Natrum Phos 3x is widely used with a reasonable success in controlling the blood sugar. Scientific studies on the impact of homeopathic medicines in bringing down blood sugar are limited, but many of the above remedies have some positive effects either as a stand-alone remedy or as an adjunct along with other medications. READ MORE
3. MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES THE YOGA WAY
The yogic practices are found to be useful in the management of Diabetes Mellitus through various research studies. The aim of the Yogic treatment is the management of Diabetes in two fold:
1) To stimulate the pancreatic cells to produce adequate amount of insulin.
2) To reduce the insulin resistance.
The practices prescribed for the Diabetic patients are as under
1) Kriyas: Kunjal, Vastradhouti, Kapalbhati, Agnisar and Nauli.
2) Asanas: Tadasanas, Katichakrasana, Pavanmuktasana, Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Ushtrasana, Gomukhasana, Ardhamatsyendrasana, Mandukasana, Paschimottasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Shavasana
3) Pranayama: Nadisodhana, Suryabhedana, Bhastrika and Bhramari
4) Bandhas: Uddiayana Bandha
5) Meditation: Breath awareness, Om chanting and Om meditation
– Yogi Uday
(Compiled by Parmita Uniyal)