Treating Diabetes Traditionally
In the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, diabetes is known as "Madhumeha" (sweetness) or "Prameha" (excessive urination), and is considered to be a type of urinary disorder. According to Ayurvedic principles, an imbalance in kapha dosha (dominated by earth and water) and vata dosha (dominated by space & air) due to improper food, lack of exercise and an imbalanced lifestyle leads to Diabetes Mellitus.
Ayurveda for diabetic neuropathy
What is diabetic neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of Diabetes Mellitus in which nerves of the body get affected due to high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period of time. As a result, nerves are slow or unable to carry messages to and from the brain to different parts of the body.
What are its symptoms?
Symptoms of diabetic neuropath include numbness, loss of sensation, loss of balance and co-ordination, pain in the feet, poor digestion and loss of appetite. The legs and feet are usually the first to be affected; other areas such as the arms, abdomen, etc. are affected only rarely.
How can it be managed by Ayurveda?
Ayurveda aims to manage diabetic neuropathy by treating its root causes. To restore balance of both kapha and vata doshas in the body, Ayurvedic approaches include a well balanced diet, massages, specific exercises, yoga, pranayama, and detoxification, rejuvenation and panchakarma therapies.
Therapeutic massages and treatments help activate and nourish the nerves, improve the loss of sensation, reduce numbness, lend more mobility, reduce pain, cool and relax the brain and regain an active life style.
The benefits of yoga for diabetes
Yogic wisdom also addresses diabetes, and prescribes specific asanas effective in impacting the intestinal muscles near the pancreas in order to stimulate insulin secretion and reduce glucagon levels, both of which are essential to maintain balanced blood glucose level.
Yoga helps manage Diabetes Mellitus in many ways:
- By increasing the production of insulin. Yogic
exercises that promote blood circulation in the pancreatic region are
believed to stimulate pancreatic function, thereby increasing insulin secretion.
- By reducing the secretion of Glucagon. Glucagon is
a hormone secreted by the pancreas which raises blood glucose levels,
especially during stressful times. Yoga effectively reduces stress, thus
regulating glucagon levels and likely improving insulin action.
- By increasing physical activity. Yoga as a form of
low-impact exercise can help manage diabetes through muscular
stretches, which leads to greater sugar uptake by muscle cells and thus
lower blood sugar levels.
- By helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet. Yogic practices help prepare your mind and body for a change in your lifestyle and diet.
Balance Wellbeing 360 and diabetes
At Balance Wellbeing 360, we combine the best of traditional Ayurvedic and yogic practices in modern therapies to restore the balance of doshas and increase physical activity, thus assisting in the effective long-term management of diabetes.
Our goal is to offer a full change our clients' lifestyle by helping to control diabetes, which is the root cause of diabetic neuropathy. On-site Ayurvedic doctors offer a detailed consultation and chalk out a personalized plan. This includes therapies, a nutritionist-supervised meal plan (served by Balance Café), yoga, pranayama and expert-customized exercises all under one roof.
Whatever you choose, know that there are several alternative approaches to help in the long-term management of this condition. Now go out there and beat diabetes!
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