Several herbs and herbal combinations are used in Ayurveda to treat diabetes. After a detailed scientific review, I have been able to identify four plants – Gymnema sylvestre, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Eugenia jambolana, and Curcuma longa that has the most substantial scientific support for their anti-diabetic properties.
A review of herbs used in TCM shows that Atractylodes macrocephala, Codonopsis pilosula, Dioscorea opposita, Flos lonicerae, and Pueraria lobata retard the progression of diabetes by reducing blood glucose level.
Madhunashani Vati brand is Patanjali’s diabetes medicine. A loose literal translation of the name Madhunashani is ‘destroyer of sugar’) This formulation contains the following herbs:- Tinospora cordifolia, Momordica charantia, Aegle marmelos, Gymnema sylvestre, Terminalia chebula, Tribulus terrestris, Ficus benghalensis, Curcuma longa, Trigonella foenum-graceum, Holarrhena antidysentrica, Azadirachta indica, Terminalia bellerica, Andrographis paniculate, Curcuma zeodaria, Embilica officinalis, Syzgium cumini, Swertia chirata, Piccorhiza kurroa, Acacia arabica, Strychnos nux-vomica, Aconitum heterophyllum, Nigella sativa, Shilajit, coral calcium in rose water, tin and iron metal in calcified format.
This formulation contains the four herbs that have the most substantial scientific support for their anti-diabetic properties. Anecdotal evidence supports the effectiveness of this Patanjali formulation. There are other formulations available in the market, which have the four most effective herbs and theoretically should be equally effective. However, as with Ayurvedic formulations, their effectiveness has not been tested and validated in a placebo-controlled clinical trial. It is, therefore, best to consult your diabetologist before consuming any of these medicines.
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