Diabetes Treatment in Siddha

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Diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced.

Siddha medicines strengthen the pancreas, regulate smooth flow of insulin and enhance glucose tolerance. In siddha, diabetes is known by different names such as MadhuMegham, Pramagham, Neerizhivu, etc.

Causes and Symptoms

Causes:

Due to our faulty lifestyle, these days diabetes is attacking people 10 years before in comparison to the past where it was generally seen people after 50 years. But in the modern culture, you may see people of 30’s with sugar. The main important reasons of diabetes are:

  • Stress
  • Lack of physical activity (outdoor exercises)
  • Wrong dietary habits
  • Hereditary

Symptoms:

  • Frequent urination, which is sticky in nature.
  • Excess thrust
  • Always feeling of hunger
  • Feeling of tiredness
  • Weakness is common
  • Body weight issue

Types

There are two main types of Diabetes mellitus (DM) :

Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’s failure to produce enough insulin. This form was previously referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (IDDM) or “juvenile diabetes”. The cause is unknown.

Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses a lack of insulin may also develop.  This form was previously referred to as “non-insulin- dependent diabetes mellitus” (NIDDM) or “adult-onset diabetes”.  The primary cause is excessive body weight and not enough exercise

Simple Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Siddha

  • Take decoction of Seenthil (Tinospora) climber in empty stomach.
  • Take two fresh coccinia daily.
  • 15  ml of gooseberry juice, 15 ml of lemon juice mix together and take twice a day.
  • Take powder of fenugreek twice a day with hot water.
  • Take young leaves of Aegle marmelos.
  • Take bitter gourd juice and leaves juice.
  • Take 6 fresh leaves of Andrographis daily.
  • Take decoction whole plant of Indian Phyllanthus.
  • Take Triphala powder twice a day with hot water.

Yoga for Madhumegam - Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

1. KALAPPAI ASANAM -HALASANA (PLOUGH POSE)

Benefits

It stimulates the pancreas, spleen and activates immune system by massaging all the internal organs including pancreas. It also rejuvenates the mind.

Method

  • Lie on your back with your arms beside you, palms downwards.
  • As  you  inhale,  use  your  abdominal  muscles  to  lift  your  feet  off  the  floor, raising your legs vertically at a 90-degree angle. Continue to breathe normally and supporting your hips and back with your hands, lift them off the ground.
  • Allow your legs to sweep in a 180-degree angle over your head till your toes touch the floor.
  • Your back should be perpendicular to the floor. This may be difficult initially, but make an attempt for a few seconds.
  • Hold this pose and let your body relax more and more with each steady breath. After about a minute (a few seconds for beginners) of resting in this pose, you may gently bring your legs down on exhalation. Avoid jerking your body, while bringing the legs down.

Precautions

Avoid practicing Halasanam during neck injury, spinal disorders, diarrhea, menstruation, pregnancy and high blood pressure.

2. VILLASANAM- DHANURASANAM

Benefits

Improves digestion and appetite improves the functioning of pancreas, liver, enzyme producing organs, kidney and intestines. Helpful in stimulating the reproductive organs.

Method

  • Lie down on the abdomen.
  • Fold your both knees and hold the legs just above the ankles by both the hands.
  • Breathing in, lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and back
  • Look straight ahead .In this position your whole weight will come on your abdomen
  • Hold this position for few seconds and continue taking a deep breath.
  • Exhale slowly and come back to starting position.

Precaution

Avoid practicing dhanurasanam during high blood pressure, back pain, hernia, headache, migraine and abdominal surgery.

3. PAVANAMUKTHASANAM

Benefits

  • It cures acidity Indigestion and Constipation, good for all abdominal organs.
  • Helpful for arthritis pain and heart problems.
  • Strengthens back muscle and cures back pain.
  • Gives flat stomach.
  • Beneficial for reproductive organ and for menstruation disorder.

Method

  • Lie flat on your back and keep the legs straight and breath deeply.
  • Inhale slowly and lift the legs and bend in the knee. Bring upwards to the chest till your thigh touches to stomach
  • Hug your knees in place and lock your fingers.
  • Try to touch the knee with your nose tip. Hold this position for few seconds.
  • Now exhale slowly and come back to the initial position.

Precaution

Avoid this asanam in high blood pressure, Slip disc, gastritis, pregnancy and menstruation.

4. ARDHA MATSYENDRASANAM (Half Spinal Twist)

Benefits

  • Makes spine supple
  • Increases the elasticity of the spine
  • Opens the chest and increases the oxygen supply to the lungs

Method

  • Sit up with the legs stretched out straight in front of you, keeping the feet together and the spine erect.
  • Bend the left leg and place the heal of the left foot beside the right hip (optionally, you can keep the left leg straight).
  • Take the right leg over the left knee. Place the left hand on the right knee and the right hand behind you.
  • Twist the waist, shoulders and neck in this sequence to the right and look over the right shoulder.
  • Hold and continue with gentle long breaths in and out.
  • Breathing out, release the right hand first (the hand behind you), release the waist, then chest, lastly the neck and sit up relaxed yet straight. Repeat to the other side.
  • Breathing out, come back to the initial stage and relax.

Precautions

Avoid this asana in spinal injuries and back pain.

Home remedies to control Diabetes

1. Bitter gourd:  Bitter gourd juice is helpful in treating of diabetes. How to use? Extract half cup of fresh bitter gourd juice. Drink it in the morning.

2. Bengal gram: It helps in glucose tolerance. How to use? Eat Bengal gram (channa) twice or thrice a day.

3. Fenugreek water: Regular drinking of methi water is helpful in controlling of diabetes. How to use? Dissolve about 11/2  tbsp of fenugreek seeds into one cup of water before going to bed. Drink its water empty stomach in the morning.

4. Neem leaves: Neem leaves are one of the effective means to combat diabetes. How to use? Chew it in the morning and sip its juice. The chewing and followed by eating of Neem and Bilva leaves also show fruitful result. Chew 3 leaves each of Neem, Belpatras and basil and eat this along with one glass of water in the morning.

5. Amla (Indian Gooseberry): Amla is rich in vitamin C and therapeutically, it is good for diabetic patients.  How to use? Regular intake of Indian gooseberry juice helps in lowering of sugar by making active and refreshes the pancreatic cells. The mix of honey (1tsp), turmeric powder (1/2 tsp) and dried Indian gooseberry powder (1tsp) if taken twice a day, is helpful in management of sugar level.

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