Herbs and Nutrients to Support the Diabetic:

Pterocarpus marsupium (Indian Kino, Malabar Kino, Pitasara, Venga)

The gum-resin looks like dried blood (Dragon's blood), much used in Indian medicine. This herb has a long history of use in India as a treatment for diabetes. The flavonoid, (-)-epicatechin is extracted from the bark of this plant.

Epicatechin and alcohol extract of Pterocarpus marsupium have demonstrated the ability to regenerate functional pancreatic beta cells. No other drug or natural agent has been shown to generate this activity.

Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)

Bitter melon, balsam pear, is a tropical vegetable widely cultivated in Asia, Africa and South America, and has been used for diabetes. The blood glucose lowering ability of the juice or extract of the unripe fruit has been observed in experimental and clinical studies. Charantin, extracted by the alcohol, is a hypoglycaemic agent composed of mixed steroids. As a matter of fact, it is stronger than tolbutamide, a drug. Momordica also contains an insulin-like polypeptide, polypeptide-P, which lowers serum glucose levels when injected subcutaneously into type 1 diabetic patients. The oral administration of 50-60 ml of the juice has shown good results in clinical research.

Very high doses of bitter melon juice can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar, Meshasringi, Cherukurinja)

Gymnema assists the pancreas in the production of insulin in Type 2 diabetes. Gymnema also improves the ability of insulin to lower blood glucose in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It may also lower cravings for sugary foods.

Onion and Garlic ( Allium cepa and Allium sativum)

Onion and garlic have significant blood sugar lowering action. The active ingredients are allyl propyl disulphide (APDS) and diallyl disulphide oxide (allicin). The flavonoids may help also. The APDS lowers glucose levels by competing with insulin for insulin-inactivating sites in the liver. This causes an increase of free insulin. Onions affect the hepatic metabolism of glucose and/or elevate the release of insulin, and/or maintain insulin level.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

The defatted portion of the seed has the alkaloid trogonelline, nicotinic acid and coumarin.

Blueberry leaves (Vaccinium myrtillus)

A decoction of the leaves has myrtillin (an anthocyanoside) is apparently the most active ingredient. Blueberry anthocyanosides are anti-haemorrhagic agents in the treatment of eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy.

Asian Ginseng

Asian ginseng causes the release of insulin from the pancreas and to increase the number of insulin receptors. It also has a direct blood sugar-lowering effect.

Cinnamon - Triples insulin's efficiency

Disclaimer: Nothing here is intended to replace conventional medical treatment. These statements have not be evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to cure, treat or diagnose any illness.

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