Medicinal plants are very useful in controlling diabetes. There are certain herbs which are traditionally used for maintaining blood sugar level in Indi. These can be used by individuals suffering from diabetes or are pre diabetic who are at increased risk of developing diabetes in future. This does not pose any side effect and have no negative effect on body.
Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Methi improves glycemic control and decreases insulin resistance in diabetes. Fenugreek seeds contain an amino acid which increases glucose stimulated insulin release by pancreas. Its regular use decreases blood glucose levels and improves glucose metabolism. You can use fenugreek seeds in two ways. You may soak one spoon methi seeds in water at night. Next day chew these seeds. Methi sprouts can also be taken. Or grind methi seeds to make powder. Take one teaspoonful daily in morning.
Kala jeera (Bunium persicum)
Kala jeera has hypoglycemic activity and it helps in managing blood sugar level. Take (1/2 tsp) after meal.
Chirata (Swertia chirayita)
Chirata stimulates insulin release from pancreas.
Prepare decoction of Chirayata in water and take for 2 weeks.
Amla (Emblica officinals)
Prepare a powder by mixing equal amount of amla churna and haldi. It is helpful in reducing fasting sugar.
Karela (Momordica charantia)
Karela has antidiabetic and antihyperglycemic activities.
Drink karela juice (1/2 cup) in morning.
Neem (Azadirachta indica)
Neem leaves has anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, antimalarial, antifertility, hepatoprotective and antioxidant effects.
Chew 5 Neem leaves in the morning.
Tulsi or Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum)
Tulsi leaves show reduction in fasting blood glucose, uronic acid, total amino acid, total cholesterol and triglyceride. Tulsi leaves also have antiasthemitic, antistress, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antitumor, gastric antiulcer activity, antioxidant, antimutagenic and immunostimulant activities. Chew 5 Tulsi leaves in the morning.
Bel or Bilva ( Aegle Marmelops)
Bel or Bilva leaves improves digestion and reduces blood sugar and urea, serum cholesterol.
Chew 5 Bilva leaves in the morning.
Sadabahar (Catharanthus Roseus)
Sadabahar has anti-hyperglycemic effect which lowers glucose levels in the blood.
Chew 10 sadabahar leaves in the morning.
Curry leaves (Murraya Koenigii)
Curry leaves hypoglycemic effect and these also prevent synthesis of glucose in the body from non-carbohydrate sources and breakdown of glycogen.
Chew 10 curry leaves in the morning.