Diabetes is one of those diseases that are dreaded by everyone. The bad news about diabetes is that it is very dangerous and can lead to death. The good news about diabetes is that there are several things that people can do to help themselves feel better and often even beat it.
There are two types of diabetes. The lesser of the two evils is called Type II diabetes, which is when the body isn’t producing enough insulin to take care of the body’s needs, or when, for some reason the body isn’t recognizing the insulin that is being produced. The other type is the one that normally hits children and young adults, and is also called juvenile diabetes, or Type I diabetes, and this is when the body doesn’t produce any insulin at all, for whatever reason. Both types of diabetes are serious and life threatening, although Type I is more serious than Type II, but in the natural world of alternative medicine there are many things that you can do to help yourself, no matter which type you suffer from.
As with all diseases, we always want to do our best to be less invasive, and thus, we should always begin with the easiest methods. A good thing to begin treating diabetes with would be reflexology or acupressure. I have seen reflexology alone get rid of diabetes completely, even in elderly patients. The best part about non-invasive treatments like reflexology and acupressure is that they will always lead toward homeostasis and good health, and, properly used will never harm. So, even if you aren’t completely cured of whatever you are suffering from, you will always get benefit.
Along with the manipulation therapies, dietary changes are important and necessary. The types of changes that suit both types of diabetes best are changes that give the body a chance to rest and distress. In order to do that people who suffer from both types of diabetes need to cut down on all carbohydrates, including complex ones (except for non-starchy vegetables), and cut refined carbohydrates out completely. Things like white flour, white sugar (even fructose and other “-ose” sugars), white rice, and other food items that are high in refined carbohydrates need to be drastically reduced, and preferably completely eradicated from your diet. Those less healthy things can be replaced with good foods like healthy, wholesome proteins (lamb, beef, chicken, seafood, eggs, cheese, and more), raw and cooked vegetables, and low glycemic index fruits. In addition to the healthy benefits of the better diet, you will also possibly lose weight, which will usually reduce your diabetic symptoms further, sometimes even eliminating the diabetes altogether!
It is important that you get enough sleep, and to make certain that your sleeping pattern is a night sleeping, day waking pattern, so that your bodily glands will be able to work at their optimum capability. This is imperative with all diseases, and particularly diabetes.
There are also several herbal remedies that are quite effective with both types of diabetes. Cinnamon is up and coming as a helper herb in the fight against diabetes, and scientific studies are very promising in this respect. Ginseng has also been shown to have a positive effect on diabetes and the other symptoms that go along with it, but must be taken with caution, since it is a stimulant (don’t mix it with other stimulants like caffeine, ephedra, or others). Both onion and garlic seem to have a positive glucose lowering effect on the blood, as well as increasing the action of the immune system in general. In addition to this, studies have found that they are effective in helping other bodily functions, such as insulin production, and cardiovascular benefits too. Fenugreek is another of nature’s miracles. Studies have shown that diabetic symptoms improve a great deal with the regular ingestion of fenugreek seeds (in teas, etc.). Blueberry leaves and Ginkgo Biloba leaves are also very effective on various diabetic symptoms, including circulatory, which can decrease the likelihood of the blindness and other problems that are often associated with diabetes. Burdock is another herb that has been found to be effective, along with the Sage that is found in practically every kitchen around the world!
Ayurvedic herbal remedies have also been shown to be quite effective in the fight against diabetes, and similarly, Chinese traditional medicine also, in its own right, has been shown to positively affect diabetic symptoms too.
The great thing about the use of herbal remedies with diabetes is their cumulative effect. Also, you don’t need a lot of any of these herbs to get the positive effect that you are looking for, and some herbs, such as Blueberry leaves have even been tested in injected form, and their effects are similar to insulin, without all of the possible dangerous side effects.
Naturally, with diabetes, as with most other diseases, regular exercise will help immensely with the disease itself and its symptoms. You can lower your blood sugar levels with activities such as walking, swimming, weight lifting, dancing and more! So, get moving!
As with all other medical treatments, the best course of action is to make sure that your condition is being monitored by a qualified medical professional, and even with herbal remedies, this is the case.
The bottom line here is that you CAN help yourself, and can even get rid of your diabetes completely if you take care of yourself, eat right, and exercise. Don’t let yourself accept the death sentence that diabetes can often bring. Fight it, but in a positive way!