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type 2 diabetes natural remedies & alternative treatments

Some methods to treat type 2 diabetes the uppermost Natural Remedies and some alternative treatments like yoga, Massage therapy, Acupuncture for type 2 diabetes listed here

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natural remedies: 

There are plenty of natural remedies that can be used to control blood sugar naturally. However, do remember there is no quick fix or magic cure and these natural remedies in no way replace the conventional pharmacological diabetes treatment. These natural remedies act more as complementary to the pharmacological treatment and are to be used after discussing it with your doctor/dietician. 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is high in Acetic acid that holds many health benefits, right from lowering blood glucose levels to lower cholesterol, help lose weight and improve heart health, all of which are crucial elements to fight diabetes.
  2. Barley and Fibre – Fibre helps in lowering blood glucose levels and insulin concentrations and Barley is a high – fibre and high-protein grain that not only help lower blood sugar but also improve insulin, cholesterol and general inflammation
  3. Fenugreek – Fenugreek seeds have long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural way to control blood sugar. Fenugreek seeds help in controlling diabetes, improve glucose tolerance, lower blood glucose and stimulate the secretion of insulin. 
  4. Bitter Gourd – Bitter gourd have since ages been advocated as one of the best ways to control diabetes. Bitter gourd is rich in plant insulin – polypeptide-P and also can reduce blood sugar levels. So make sure to include them in your diet chart for diabetes.
  5. Drumstick leaves– Drumstick or moringa leaves is another powerful natural remedy to fight diabetes. The moringa leaves are known to control blood sugar levels and boost one’s energy and increase the insulin secretion in the body. The moringa leaves also hold anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

alternative therapies: 

Naturopathy Treatment

A naturopath believes that the main cause behind all our health problems – illness or disease is due to the accumulation of waste and toxins in the body, which is believed to be a direct result of our unmindful eating habits and use of various drugs and medicine. So, the naturopathy treatment for diabetes involves bringing simple diet changes to a high-fat, low-carb and zero refined sugar diet. In addition to making dietary changes, a naturopath may also recommend the use of certain supplements, botanical and/or traditional Chinese medicine and regular exercise to effectively fight off diabetes. 

Acupuncture treatment has traditionally been associated with pain relief. However, this alternative therapy has successfully been used for diabetes treatment in China since ages. Acupuncture treatment for diabetes helps in lowering the blood glucose levels and also reduce insulin resistance by regulating the cortisol hormone by careful stimulation of the pressure points.  Various studies too, have pointed out the efficacy of Acupuncture therapy in the treatment of type – 2 diabetes along with preventing and managing various complication of the disease.  

Yoga

Yoga is an age-old spiritual, psychological and physical exercise that has been practised in India since ancient time. This time tested alternative therapy is quite effective in providing relief from various illnesses and diseases like asthma, body pain, stress and obesity to name a few. Regular practice of certain poses of yoga has also been found to lower blood glucose level and also improve blood circulation. The varied yoga poses that help in type – 2 diabetes treatment are;

  • Viparita Karani or Legs up the Wall Pose
  • Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclining Bound Angle Pose
  • Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Bend
  • Salamba Sarvangasana or Supported Shoulder Stand
  • Halasana or Plow Pose
  • Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana or Upward Facing Dog
  • Dhanurasana or Bow Pose
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana or Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
  • Supta Matsyendrasana or Supine Spinal Twist
  • Balasana or Child’s pose

massage therapy

Massage therapy is one of the safest and oldest therapy used by people to get relief from pain, stress, depression and anxiety. Massage therapy in conjunction with conventional medication for diabetes and dietary restriction has also been found to be quite effective in controlling diabetes. Massage given at insulin injection point also help in increasing the insulin absorption in the body and improve the utilization of insulin by cells.

A word of caution before you jump into trying any of the natural remedies and alternative therapies for type-2 diabetes treatment, please consult your doctor. Also, these natural remedies and alternative therapies are in no way replacement for the conventional/standard pharmacological treatment of diabetes but are more of a complementary therapy to be used for a holistic well-balanced approach to diabetes treatment.
In conclusion, we can say that the best treatment for diabetes is probably early detection and early treatment, so if you see any of the type – 2 diabetes symptoms in you or your loved ones then please visit a doctor immediately because if diabetes is not properly controlled, the consequences can be life-threatening.


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