Monthly Archives: October 2011

Food for Diabetes in Ayurveda



Diabetes is a fundamental disorder of metabolism, primarily that of carbohydrates. It is due to a deficiency of the pancreas, a gland connected with the alimentary canal which under the circumstances, does not produce sufficient insulin. It is a weakness or exhaustion of the gland. In diabetes the ingested carbohydrates, sugars and starches cannot be utilized, but are eliminated in urine. Part of the food turns into sugar and the glutton has to return to nature its illegitimate gains. Lean people rarely acquire diabetes. In obese subjects the excess sugar and starch which they consume does not sufficiently oxidise, but forms fat which is already a disintegration of the organism.

Barley is an excellent whole grain choice because it has a high concentration of dietary fibre including beta –glucan soluble fibre. Studies have confirmed that beta –glucan soluble fibre is effective in promoting healthy blood sugar.
Findings from clinical trials reported in Nutrition Research and the Journal of American College of Nutrition showed that people who ate foods containing barley experienced reductions in glucose and insulin responses compared to responses after eating similar products containing whole grains.
In Charaka Samhita chap -6/chikita sathanam


In studies in normal rats, mustard lowered blood sugar. In diabetic rats, mustard decreased blood sugar and improved the response to insulin following meals. Insulin moves sugar from the blood into the tissues, so that sugar can be used for energy in the body.


The main source of the fuel to our body is sugar, in     the form of glucose. The hormone insulin permits  glucose in blood to pierce in to cells. Type 2 is the diabetes in which body is unable to produce sufficient insulin or cells are unwilling to use the insulin. This type of diabetes is curable with aloe vera.
This results in glucose saturation in blood. This makes cells to be deprived of energy. If the high glucose level in blood perseveres, it can damage eyes, heart, kidneys or nerves. Aloe vera is one of the natural remedies for type two diabetes.

Ayurveda describes amla as a cooling, astringent, digestive, laxative, stomachic, and aphrodisiac medicine. It also has anti-pyretic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. Due to its numerous therapeutic effects on various organs and systems, it has been found to be useful in problems ranging from chest diseases such as cough, asthma, and bronchitis, digestive ailments like dyspepsia, hyperacidity and ulcers and anaemia, jaundice, diabetes, bleeding conditions, eye diseases, allergic and other skin problems to gynaecological problems
In Charaka Samhita chap -6/chikita sathanam


Sinusitis & The Ayurvedic approch


SINUSITIS (Dushta Pratishtaya)
Sinusitis, Dushta Pratishtaya or Peenas is an inflammatory and infectious condition of sinuses. Ayurveda has effective treatment to offer for this disease. Sinusitis usually starts with some infection or allergic reaction in the paranasal sinuses. Poor diet, digestion and elimination can create an internal environment in the sinuses that allows infection and allergies to more easily occur (see the “allergy” section in our web page for discussion of the Ayurveda approach to allergies). Stress, poor lifestyle, bad circulation and lack of rejuvenative regimens can deteriorate the body’s immune response to invading organisms in the sinus area.
Nasyam treatment is found useful for the sinusitis. In Nasyam treatment, medicated oil is administered to each nostril by trained practitioners. This treatment is very effectively managing the sinusitis condition.