Ayurveda has known about diabetes for more than 5,000 years. In Sanskrit, it is called madhumeha, meaning excessive flow of sugar through urine. Diabetes is also called maharoga, or major disease, as almost all parts of the body and every cell of the human physiology are affected.
According to Ayurveda, madhumeha is divided in four major types (and total 21 sub-types) based on three doshas, or energies – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, present in all human beings. Treatment for each type is different.
For thousands of years Ayurvedic physicians have been successfully treating diabetes with Ayurvedic therapies – including diet and lifestyle changes and herbs. Many herbs used have already been screened for the their anti-diabetic or blood sugar lowering properties.
The Ayurvedic management of diabetes includes:
As part of the dietary regulation, Ayurveda recommended barley as the grain of choice because of its high soluble fiber content and complex carbohydrates. Now modern science has proven this ancient wisdom to be correct by discovering that barley has the lowest glycemic index among all twenty five grains. Along with barley, Ayurveda also recommended use of samo rice (jungle rice) and use of honey as part of your regular diet.