If you suffer from Type II Diabetes, like 23 million Americans, you may believe what your health care provider tells you, that Type II diabetes is impossible to cure and needs vast amounts of medicinal treatment to control it. They may also blame your parents and grandparents for passing on poor genes. Yet, these facts couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only is Type 2 diabetes a preventable condition, it can even been cured with the simplest herbal treatments which are readily available along with a proper diet.
Insulin’s main role is not to “control” blood sugar. When blood sugar becomes elevated it is a signal for insulin to be released to direct the extra energy into storage. A small amount is stored as a starch called glycogen in our body, but the majority is stored as your main energy supply — fat. Thus, in this regard insulin’s major role is not to lower sugar, but to take the extra energy and store it for future times of need. In other words insulin lowers glucose as a side effect of directing the extra energy into fat storage.
Type II diabetes is caused when the pancreas doesn’t produce the proper amount of insulin, causing blood sugar levels to increase. Some believe that age, obesity, pregnancy, and certain illnesses give rise to this condition. This is not true at all POOR DIET causes Type 2 diabetes. While modern medicine uses synthetic treatments to cure the symptoms, they can actually contribute to worsening the overall health. Drugs like Avandia and Rezulin have been known to produce life-threatening side effects, which leave patients in poorer health than when they began taking them.
But drugs are not the only solution. In fact, more and more patients are beginning to realize the amazing healing powers of herbs, which have long since been used in countries around the world to treat, and cure, conditions like asthma, heart disease, blood pressure, cancer and diabetes.
In fact, the curative power of herbs is so strong that they are often included in medicines, an estimated 25 percent of drugs contain at least one plant-based extract. Plenty of exercise, proper diet and the use of the proper herbs can help you overcome Type II Diabetes and get back a healthy body. Controlling Type II diabetes with herbs and diet is not easy but the rewards are improved health.
The following is a list of herbs that may help control Type II diabetes. As with any medical condition, you should consult with a qualified medical practitioner before starting a new treatment.
Bitter Melon – Momordica charantia
Long used in Asia, Africa and South America as a treatment for diabetes, is readily available worldwide in capsules, powder or fresh fruit. Bitter Melon works to lower blood pressure and control insulin. Researchers on the National Bitter Melon Council believe that specific enzymes charantin and mormordica help control blood sugar levels. The latter contains an insulin-like peptide, polypeptide-P, which stimulates the production of insulin. So far, researchers have identified 32 active healing chemicals in this plant some of which may lead to treatment of conditions such as HIV, certain cancers, cold, flu and psoriasis.
Shardunikha, Gurmar – Gymnema sylvestris
Shardinikha is long established as an ayurvedic cure for diabetes. The plants effectiveness seems to lie in its ability to reduce cravings for sweet-tasting foods. It is also thought to control blood sugar levels and boost the activities of enzymes that stimulate insulin production.
Bilberry – Vaccinium myrtillus
Bilberry retains powerful and healing antioxidants anthocyanidins in the fruit and leaves. Studies suggest this helps prevent damage to blood vessels that can result in diabetic cataracts and retinopathy, and tests show they may also help lower blood sugar levels.
Fenugreek – Trigonella foenum
Fenugreek a popular spice in Indian cuisine, has been used in the Asian sub-continent among nursing mothers and as a means to cure indigestion, lower high cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. The seeds of this plant contain alkaloids trigonelline, gentianine and carpaine compounds that seem to boost the production of insulin. While there are only a few studies published in journals such as the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Research, the consensus among traditional healers is that this herb works well to slow down carbohydrate absorption, inhibit the transport of glucose and stimulate the production of insulin.
Stevia – Stevia rebaudiana
Stevia is rapidly gaining ground as a zero-calorie plant-based sweetener. However, it is also recognized in traditional healing as a means to treat diabetes. The natural green Stevia leaf powder taken in capsules will help modulate the blood sugar levels will have beneficial effects on glucose tolerance and therefore potentially help with diabetes. Stevia capsules are good for people that are controlling there diabetes with insulin or herbs. While research is still underway to confirm the effectiveness of Stevia in treating diabetes, its use as a sugar replacement cannot be questioned. Currently, the FDA has recognized Stevia extract for use in food products. When purchasing Stevia extract, ensure that it contains no fillers or additives and that it is Certified Organic.
Cinnamon – Cinnamomum cassia
Cinnamon is derived from the bark of the laurel tree and is popular in stick and powdered forms. Traditionally it has been used to relieve stomach gas and ease nausea, and recently, researchers have looked into how cinnamon might make fat cells more responsive to insulin. Cinnamon also increases the conversion of glucose to energy and prevents the formation of free radicals, which may increase diabetic complications.
Other herbs such as onion and garlic are being researched for their ability to regenerate pancreatic cells, lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin when needed. Care needs to be taken when purchasing any of them as many stores will sell poor quality products. One way to ensure the purity of the herbs in question is to buy products from reputable sites. Herbs can be potent and if mixed with drugs or taken other than directed, can even prove fatal, so care should be taken to follow herbalist-recommended dosages.