A vegan diet can even reverse type 2 diabetes, according to Dr. Neal Barnard, associate professor of medicine at George Washington School of Medicine. He recommends a vegan diet to people with diabetes.  (Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes published his book in 2007)

The diet recommendations of Dr. Neal Barnard are more by the current day’s thinking, which claims that the link between the gut, diet, and lifestyle diseases like diabetes is intimate. Effective restoration of gut microbiota Reversal and repair of gut microbiota to good health is possible through dietary changes.

In my research on natural solutions for diabetes, there are practices like yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and acupuncture in alternate medicine, which have found scientific support as useful tools in diabetes management. This experimental support has extended to human clinical trials.

A study each on proprietary medicines Diabecon, Inolter, and Cogent D.B. observed a significant lowering of glycosylated hemoglobin AIc (HbAIc). Some proprietary herbal medicine formulations have been reported to lower fasting blood glucose levels. There are no reported mortalities during this treatment. Despite these positive results, the scientists still do not conclusively state that these Ayurvedic formulations are genuinely useful in controlling or reversing diabetes. Their concerns are clinical trial design and the robustness of processes used in data collection. (Sridharan et al., 2011Hardy M L et al., 2002)

A group of scientists has identified 30 medicinal plants used in indigenous folk medicines, Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha systems of medicine. Together, these three herbal medicine systems will cover nearly the entire ancient Indian herbal medicine spectrum. Trials on rats on individual plants used in these indigenous medicine systems report lowering blood glucose levels. However, scientific evidence that supports herbal medicine‘s ability to reverse type 2 diabetes is lacking.

I have identified four plants – Gymnema sylvestre, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Eugenia jambolana, and Curcuma longa- with the most substantial scientific support for their anti-diabetic properties. Formulations that contain these herbs should help.
However, my considered view is that given the complexity of diabetes as a disease, the use of alternative medicine should be used in consultation with your diabetologist.


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