Category Archives: Diabetes

Diabetes and Herbal Remedies

Diabetes and Herbal Remedies Herbal and Natural Therapies Herbal remedies can assist in lowering blood glucose levels Many common herbs and spices are claimed to have blood sugar lowering properties that make them useful for people with or at high risk of type 2 diabetes. A number of clinical studies have been carried out in recent years that show potential links between herbal therapies and¬†improved blood glucose control, which has led to an increase in people with diabetes using these more ‘natural’ ingredients to help manage their condition. What herbal therapies are available? Plant-based therapies that have been shown in some studies to have anti-diabetic properties include: Aloe vera Bilberry extract Bitter melon Cinnamon Fenugreek Ginger Okra While such therapies are commonly used in ayurvedic and oriental medicine for treating serious conditions such as diabetes, many health experts in the west remain sceptical about their reported medical benefits. In fact, because certain herbs, vitamins and supplements may interact with diabetes medications (including insulin) and increase their¬†hypoglycemic effects, it is often argued that use of natural therapies could reduce blood sugars to dangerously low levels and raise the risk of other diabetes complications. Whatever your intended reasons for using these specific (more…)