Diabetes is considered as a life long disorder by modern medical science but according to naturopathy it is a disorder of digestive system which can be controlled by changes in life style, regular practice of yoga and diet regulations.
What is Diabetes:
Diabetes is considered to be a disease of people of sedentary habits in whose life there is no place for physical exercise or physical labour. In this disease the amount of insulin produced by pancreas is reduced quantitatively, which result in the increase of sugar in blood and excess sugar eliminations outside through urine.
Cause of Diabetes
Lack of physical labour, severe pressure of mental work and stress, unnatural ways of living and irregular and faulty diet patterns are among the root causes of this disease. Heavy and regular use of fat and sugar products make the digestive gland weak and disturbs the process of metabolism in the body.
Diabetes is also believed as heredity disease. In old days people get suffered with diabetes in old age but now young person are also seen suffering from diabetes in growing numbers. A major factor responsible for this increase is change in our life style.
Symptoms of diabetes
The main symptoms of Diabetes are as under:
• Sugar in urine
• Sticky and concentrated urine
• Frequent urination
• Frequent hunger
• Frequent thirst
• Dryness in the skin
• Weakness of eyesight
• Feeling of tiredness and weakness
• Delayed healing of wound
• Itching in body
Diabetes is having a lot of complications which are as under
• Kidney and liver complications
• Diabetes coma,etc
Classifications of Diabetes:
Diabetes may be classified into following three groups:
(1) Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM)
(2) Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM)
(3) Juvenile diabetes
Treatment of diabetes:
Yoga and naturopathy system are specially effective in controlling the diabetes. Research studies of central council for research in yoga and naturopathy carried out at different institutions have proved that these systems are quite effective in controlling this disease.
While treating diabetes it should be kept in mind that the patient is made to do adequate physical labour, his diet is controlled, he is kept free from stress, his digestive system is tackled to work properly and the diabetic complications are also controlled. Based on the above said principles the treatment of a diabetic patient should be planned. Following practices of yoga are beneficial in this but correct package suiting to individual patient is required to be prepared according to the age of condition of patient:
Bandha : uddiyan bandha
Asana : katichakrasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, vajrasana, bhujangasana, paschimottasana, salabhasana,konasana and padahastasana.
Pranayama: Bhastrika, ujjayi, nadishuddhi and bhramari
Surya Namaskara Meditation
similarly following treatments of Naturopathy may be helpful in the effective control and management of diabetes:
Mudtheraphy: Mud pack over abdomen
Hydrotherapy: Hot and Cold Fomentation over abdomen, cold hip bath ,hot and cold hip bath wet abdomen pack, spinal bath.
Massage: Whole body massage
Chromotheraphy: Sun bath. Water kept in brown bottle and exposed to sun rays for atleast 8 hours in half cup dose twice a day after meals is also found beneficial.
Exercise: Morning walk
The diet of a diabetic patient is of utmost importance . for diet prescription the age of patient as well as weight, occupation and type of diabetes must be kept in mind. For this the diabetics can be categorised into following three groups:
(1) The patients whose weight is below normal.
(2) The patient whose weight is normal.
(3) The patient whose weight is above normal.
A normal weight person of sedentary habits who is not doing any physical labour requires food of approx.2000 calories, medium worker approx. 2500 and heavy worker approx. 3000 or even more calories. The diabetic patient whose weight is reduced, requires some more calories than other diabetic patient and the patients having weight above normal should take food of less than 2000 calories so that their fat could be reduced.
For diet regulation the best method is that the patient examine his urine daily to access that how much cereals intake maintains his urine free sugar. As the health improves and capacity of patient to tolerate the cereals enhance, the quantity of cereals may be maintain their strength by taking curd etc. as a part of their food.
Daily diet schedule of a diabetic patient:
Morning: Bitter guard juice one ounce to two ounce.
Breakfast: Skimmed milk 250-400ml. OR Butter milk OR Amritahar-sprouted gram, moong, methi approx. 50gm OR fresh Amla juice 50ml.
Lunch: Roti(mixed with wheat and gram flour) 25gm to 50gm, green vegetables 250gm, salad 25to50gm, curd 150gm, butter milk one glass.
Dinner: As in lunch but use of curd is not advisable in night.
Foods beneficial in diabetes:
Soyabean, bean , turnip, cucumber, garlic, Lauki bitter guard, spinach, fenugreek, bathua, chaulie, amla, jamun,bel etc.
Some important things for a diabetes patient:
1. The use of methi in food is specially
beneficial for diabetic patients.
Sprouted methi or one tea spoon
of its powder may be taken daily.
2. the diabetic patients may take the
roti made up of wheat flour mixed
with gram , soyabean and methi.
in 10kg. Flour a ratio of 7.500kg.
soyabean and 100gm methi may
3. all the sweet products, ghee,
vanaspati, too sweet fruits, fine
flour and its products , preserved
and packed food products,
smoking , chewing of jarda, gutka,
and consumptions of alcohol is
completely prohibited for diabetic
4. bitter guard , neem leaves, bel,
gudmar,jamun etc. may also be
helpful in the control of diabetes.
5. a diabetic patient should examine
his blood sugar at the regular
interval to ensure that it is in
control and the patient could save
himself from any complication.
The normal range of blood sugar
in empty stomach may be between
70-110mg/dl. And post prandial
6. regular long walks are beneficial
for diabetic patients.
Diabetes is believed as a difficult disorder but with the help of yoga, naturopathy and regulated diet it may be controlled effectively in comparatively less time.
By Uday india Bureau