Pair Herbs with
Conventional Treatments to
Help Tame the Effects of Diabetes
Chalk up another one for Mother Nature. Most people with diabetes
rely on drugs and lifestyle modifications to moderate their body chemistry.
But a host of natural herbal supplements may further help
them reduce blood glucose levels, improve their vision, and alleviate
a variety of diabetes-related health problems.
A complex disease, diabetes occurs when the body can't convert sugar,
starches, and other food into energy because the hormone insulin isn't
available in sufficient quantities or doesn't properly respond. Unchecked,
the disease can lead to widespread complications, from blindness
to damage to the blood vessels, nerves, kidneys, feet, teeth and skin.
Some people get diabetes when their bodies fail to produce insulin
(type 1 diabetes). Others produce insulin but lose sensitivity to
it (type 2 diabetes), often from years of carrying excess weight and
not getting enough exercise.
"Type 2 often
develops because people did all the things they were told not to
do," says Robert Linde, an acupuncturist and registered
herbalist in St. Petersburg, Florida. Apparently a lot of people
have been doing a lot of the wrong things, because the disease
has reached near-epidemic proportions: 18 million Americans have
diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
The Herbal Medicine
Herbs can't cure diabetes, but a number of them may help treat
symptoms when used in conjunction with diet, exercise and medication.
Italian scientists found that using bilberry
helps cause a drop in blood glucose levels. They also found
that bilberry lowered blood triglyceride levels, a heart disease
Cinnamon Studies suggest that cinnamon may
boost insulin function while lowering cholesterol. Taking as little
as a quarter-teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day can stimulate
insulin-like activity while lowering triglycerides, cholesterol and
glucose levels by 10 to 30 percent.
All the Difference
I was having
lots of problems with high blood sugar. I was determined
I would not be on insulin. I began searching for alternatives
and found Glucobetic. I've been on it about 5 months.
My A1c test has gone from 8.9 to 5.0. If you seek you
shall find, and I'm thankful God blessed me to find this
product. I have more energy and don't fall asleep after
I eat. I have told my friends about this product and they
can't believe the difference in energy, and not craving
The blood sugar-lowering action of Gymnema leaves
was first documented in the 1920's. Gymnema has been used in India
for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes for over 2,000 years.
Herbs cannot be used in place of insulin to control blood sugar.
Linde stresses that just as people with
diabetes must regularly monitor their blood glucose, they must
commit to taking herbal supplements on a daily basis in order
to see any benefits. And the old mantra - lose weight, eat a
balanced diet that limits sugars and carbs, and exercise - is
still the first line of defense.
Consult your physician or pharmacist for guidance or questions
in using herbal supplements to manage your diabetes.
Excerpt from: GreenWise,