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.



5 Comments so far »

  1. by Miryam, on January 16 2011 @ 1:50 pm


    This is a question, rather than a comment–actually two questions. First–Since Stevia is a plant (I once had tasted a green leaf, directly off the plant), does anyone know the process these leaves to through to end up with the finished product of white powder? The green powder is not nearly as sweet, nor has as good a flavor, in my opinion. Living in New Mexico now, I had, at one time, tasted the green powder (about 2003), bought in a health food store. I haven’t seen anything but the white powder, since living here.

    I use the white powder A LOT! Is it really healthy??? IF anyone can help me on this, I would be most appreciative. Thanks so much!

    Also, I have been breaking out with red spots all over my body (known as Cherry Angiomas). I had about six or eight of them for about two decades, but suddenly they started multiplying at the rate of two to five per day! NOT GOOD, OF COURSE! One of my friends told me they ‘thought’ that ‘maybe’ the Stevia could possibly be the culprit. As stated above, I DO use the sweetener very much; as a sweetener for water (add lemon, and I’ve got lemonade!). I drink lots of water (with or w/o lemon), have almost become addicted to ‘sweetened’ water. I use it in herbal tea, and pretty much anything I would like a sweeter taste. Starting this morning, I am trying not to use it at all (BIG change for me)! I’ve already had three glasses of water–NO Stevia–UGH!!! That’s hard! Miryam
    To make white Stevia extract from the green Stevia leaf the Stevia leaf is added to water and soaked a day or so. The liquid is then run through a high pressure filtration system and then vacuum sprayed dried. The filtration system pulls out the color and most of the healthy medicinal properties leaving just a sweetener. Steve

  2. by Brad, on October 29 2011 @ 12:27 pm


    I enjoyed your web site until i read the following, “This is not true at all POOR DIET causes diabetes.” NOT TRUE!! I am a type I diabetic and have rarely been so insulted. Type II diabetes is caused by diet and lifestyle but not Type I. You definitely need to do better research. Since you can’t differentiate between type I and type II diabetes, I can not trust anything else you say on this web site, and I would warn anyone else looking for help from your resources, which many are good, should take the information with a grain of salt. Feel free to contact me if you would like information on the differences in treatment and background between type I diabetes and type II, and I would be more than happy to set you straight.
    Brad, you are correct. This is my error. I have gone back and entered the words “type II” to the diabetes. Type I diabetes can not be cured only type II can. I am sorry for this error. Thank you for taking the time to correct me.

  3. by Rose, on August 31 2012 @ 4:59 pm


    Yes the type 2 can be because I did it doing Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis. I reversed mine because of this book so yes it can be done but they sure don’t want you doing it because they’re making much too much money off this. Which is so sad to me that money is worth more to them than people.

  4. by trevorbailey, on November 21 2014 @ 4:50 pm


    Diabetes can be controlled by simply eliminating simple carbs from the diet and regular exercise. You are correct in saying it does not require any medication.

  5. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on November 23 2014 @ 5:33 pm


    Some people believe it is easier to take medication than to adjust there diet but they are only fooling themselves. In the long run diet change is best. Thank you for your comment.

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