There are several different types of herbal diabetes treatment which can be used either as an alternative therapy or to supplement conventional medicine. Herbal supplements can help with a variety of problems associated with diabetes, including high blood sugar, eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy, and insulin absorption or production. As supplements can react poorly with other medications, cause problems for a particular individual, or even be toxic, it is advisable for patients to consult with a doctor before beginning an alternative treatment for treating diabetes.
Some herbal diabetes treatments target specific issues connected with the disease. Stevia, bitter melon, onion, and garlic supplements are all believed to be helpful in lowering and managing blood sugar. It is also claimed that venga, pitasara, and malabar or Indian kino can help with pancreas function. Supplements with Asian ginseng or gymnemam are also though to both lower blood sugar and improve the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin. Bilberry or blueberry leaf injections may be helpful with eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy.
There are several other herbal treatments which target single or multiple issues with diabetes. Fenugreek is believed to be a good general supplement for fighting diabetes symptoms. Cinnamon supplements may help to boost the effect of insulin in the body. It is also believed that gingko biloba can help with diabetic neuropathy.
Some supplements for herbal diabetes treatment have been either proven dangerous or are believed to be problematic. In general, studies have found toxicity, lead, and arsenic in several different kinds of herbal treatments. Ephedrine has been banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States due to a large number of side effects such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, and stroke. Chitosan, germander, aristolochic acid, and momordica charanta are other supplements which are believed to be dangerous due to their contribution to conditions such as kidney, liver, and pulmonary disease.
Due to the potential risk from using an herbal diabetes treatment, it is particularly important to include a doctor in the decision to start this type of therapy. All drugs and supplements that the patient is currently taking should be discussed. It may also be safer to take a supplement with only one type of herb. All side effects that arise as a result of taking a supplement should be discussed with a doctor.
There are many other forms of alternative therapy that can supplement an herbal diabetes treatment. In addition to a general practitioner, chiropractors, acupuncturists, hypnotists, and massage therapists can be a part of an effective treatment plan. Relaxation techniques, yoga, and aromatherapy may also be helpful.