You sleep a lot during the daytime, There’s a frequent urge to urinate now and then; you feel lazy and don’t want to work, You feel thirsty all the time, or you have suddenly lost weight.
If these are signs that your body is showing you these days, then my friend, you may have
Diabetes. Yes, the “D” word changes the person’s life who has it and the whole family’s lives.
Nearly 300 million people are estimated to have Diabetes by 2025; the growing number of diabetic patients is not only scaring the governments but also becoming the number one threat to humanity. That’s why this 14th November, on world diabetes day, we at AIMIL Healthcare with Dr. Nitika Kohli have decided to do our share for the world. This blog has all the necessary information you need to know about maintaining blood sugar levels through Ayurveda practices. So, let’s dive straight into it!
Over the years, India has become the Diabetes capital of the world. Nearly 1.33 billion suffering from this disease are undoubtedly a threat to our country’s young minds and bodies. Let’s understand the Ayurvedic vision of diabetes.
Ayurveda & diabetes
In Ayurveda, a group of diseases is categorized under “Prameha,” which includes nothing but all “Obstinate Urinary Diseases.” The category consists of all urinary system disorders, such as
excessive urination, Diabetes, etc. With special reference to it, Ayurveda has classified the disease into 20 forms based on dominant doshas in the body, i.e., 4 Vata-related, 6 Pitta related & 10 Kapha-related types. It is said that if Prameha is not treated in its pre-developing stage, it turns into “Madumeha,” which means “Sweet urine.”
Madhumeha is a type of Vatika Prameha. It is a condition in which a person passes honey-like sweet urine, thus best correlated with Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2).
According to Ayurveda, Diabetes can occur in two ways:
Before getting straight into the treatments that can help prevent Diabetes, let’s understand two ways in which Diabetes can develop, according to Ayurveda.
Avarana means covering or enveloping. It is a condition in which the free flow of Vata Dosha is obstructed and enveloped by another dosha. For example, in Diabetes, aggravated Kapha dosha blocks the flow of Vata & leads to various symptoms.
Dhatuksyaya means depletion of Dhatu (body tissues), which leads to vitiation of Vata dosha in the body. Therefore, when Dhatu depletes the body, it causes more vacant space and aggravates Vayu more. Thus making Diabetes, a Vata-predominant condition, hard to treat.
After understanding the different types of Diabetes, let’s dive into the early signs of Diabetes and how we can know that we are at the early stage of this disease.
- Persistent urination
- Excessive hunger
- Extreme thirst
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Constant fatigue
- Excessive sleep & lethargic
Causes of Diabetes
Before jumping right into the treatment of Diabetes, let’s look into the main issue of Diabetes and how it is formed in our body. Since Diabetes is a product of internal body imbalance rather than an external factor, Diabetes is called a body-made disease. In Ayurveda, it is believed that
an unhealthy lifestyle and poor digestion lead to the formation of ama or toxins in the body. This ama results in blockage of the channel or depletion of Dhatus, thus giving birth to Diabetes. So that’s why in Ayurveda, we emphasize understanding the patient’s eating, living, and sleeping
cycles to analyze the leading cause of the disease.
To summarise, the following are the lifestyle habits that can become the causes of Diabetes –
- Being physically inactive
- Eating foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats.
- Excessive sleep, including sleeping during the daytime
- Overeating sweet food
- Excessive use of curds.
- Doing a lot of sitting work
- Indulging in alcoholism
How to maintain Diabetes?
For years people have been looking for answers on how they can maintain their blood sugar levels and lower the effects of Diabetes if they have it. To summarise and answer your questions, we have created this Do’s and Don’t of Diabetes.
- Include Ritucharya (seasonal regime) into your Dincharya (daily routine). Eating
seasonal vegetables and fruits that can help you maintain your blood sugar levels. For example, eating bottle guards in summer.
- Indulge in daily exercise sessions, take time for yourself and do some brisk walking or swimming; it will help you burn calories.
- Restrict yourself from eating high sugar-contain foods like sweets and junk foods, and avoid soda drinks.
- Avoid sleeping in the daytime.
- Nidana Parivarjana means avoiding dairy products, fried foods, and sweet fruits like mango, banana, custard apple, and grapes.
- You can also add Rasayana herbs like amla to your diet. Take 3-4 grams of amla powder and add it to a glass of lukewarm water. Mix well & drink it early morning after breakfast. This will be very beneficial for maintaining blood sugar levels.
- Drink the liquid that forms after soaking a few methi seeds overnight.
- Increase the use of Barley, wheat, and mudga (green gram) in your diet.
- Eat lots and lots of chana (Bengal gram) in your evening snacks.
- Avoid liquor and tobacco use.
- Yoga asana like Tdasana, Katikchakrsana, Gomukhasana, Shalabhasana, Vakrasana, Kunjala, Suryabhedana pranayama must be practiced regularly.
- Drinking warm water at all times is recommended as it helps digestion.
- Bitter foods are always advised for people who have Diabetes. Examples can be Bitter gourd, karela, etc.
- Try to eat warm foods and freshly cooked meals since they can improve digestive fire & ease digestion.
We agree that Diabetes is a challenging disease that can change your life completely, but
embracing the changes and molding the new normal is all we need to learn today. Rather than panicking, find the solution to the problems at hand, and you will see the light booming in your heart. For more Ayurvedic knowledge and life lessons, keep following our blogs.