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In Ayurveda, diabetes is seen as a metabolic Kapha type of disorder in which the Agni (digestive fire) has a lowered functioning. This leads to a tendency to have a high blood sugar.

It recommends a simple and effective herbal way for its control. And that is Turmeric. Taken daily just before meals it has been shown that this leads to a marked reduction in insulin.

Half a teaspoon of turmeric can also be taken along with half a teaspoon of ground bay leaf in Kumari usal (aloe vera). The mixture should be taken twice a day before lunch and dinner.

To control diabetes, half a teaspoon of the herbal mixture (Guduchi – 1 part, Shardunika 1 part, Kutki 1 part Punarnava – 2 parts) should be taken 2–3 times a day with warm water.

Ayurveda recommends a Kapha pacifying diet. You should not have excess intake of sweets, carbohydrates and dairy products. More of fresh vegetables and bitter herbs should be taken.

A cup of water stored overnight in a copper vessel is also useful. Yoga is also of great help.

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