What Science Says About Ayurvedic Treatment of Diabetes

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Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medicine practice that is emerging in the U.S. as a complementary as well as alternative treatment for chronic illnesses. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic illness that poses long-term implications for both individuals having the disease as well as the healthcare system. Dietary modifications, regular exercise, and lifestyle changes are all significant factors when it comes to the successful management of T2DM (by lowering diabetes blood sugar level) and are successfully incorporated into the science of Ayurveda.

To treat T2DM, Ayurveda primarily emphasises the use of herbal supplements. That said, exercise, physical activity, management of weight, and several other supplemental procedures are successfully included in Ayurveda treatments.

The primary goal of Ayurvedic practices on the treatment of T2DM (similar to Western medicine) focuses on bringing the HbA1c (haemoglobin A1c) level within the therapeutic range. 

Ayurveda differs primarily because it pays close attention to the functionality of the person in the context of achieving a fine balance between the life forces or ‘doshas’ that every individual possesses. 

Ayurveda and Diabetes Management [1]

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The use of the Ayurvedic system of medicine in the management of T2DM has shown remarkable improvement when it comes to patient outcomes in several case reports.

Because both the root cause and eventual treatment of T2DM are related to lifestyle and diet, the ancient Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda, which is rooted in healthy diabetes diet and active lifestyle, is an extremely promising, traditional approach in the treatment of T2DM. Because a substantial percentage of the U.S. population suffering from T2DM and the severe complications that arise from the disease, healthcare costs that arise from this chronic disease are astronomical. Hence, the use of Ayurveda in treating those with T2DM should surely benefit more than those who have the condition.

Ayurveda as a Viable Treatment Option [1]

Managing diabetes symptoms with Ayurveda involves a prescription of a personalised diet, lifestyle, herbal medicines, and systemic cleansing therapies. Because population care for T2DM continues to evolve, future initiatives must consider ways and strategies to tailor population care to eventually meet individual patient needs, while simultaneously leveraging improvement when it comes to clinical information systems as well as care-integration to successfully manage as well as prevent the onset of diabetes in the future. 

Some Ayurvedic treatments for T2DM involve an extensive and comprehensive inpatient treatment, which usually lasts for over two weeks. Healthcare in the United States is presently not structured for such an extensive inpatient treatment for T2DM. 

At first glance, inpatient treatment programs for T2DM does not seem to be cost effective; yet, when analysing the healthcare dollars that are spent in the U.S. to tackle diabetes and its complications, early inpatient therapy (such as Ayurvedic treatments) seems to be a reasonable method of treatment.

To Sum It Up

The ancient Indian science of Ayurveda is extremely promising in the management of symptoms of T2DM because it focuses on a healthy diet, regular exercise, herbal supplements, and an active lifestyle. When it comes to Ayurvedic treatment of diabetes, it is largely an extensive inpatient treatment of the disease, which is not quite feasible in Western countries, such as the United States. That said, given the astronomical number of dollars spent on treating T2DM and its serious complications, Ayurveda is indeed a viable option in the treatment of diabetes.


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6686320/

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Dr. Shankar Rao

Dr. Rao has achieved great success in his career, with 5 research projects and 4 books to his credit, as well as a Monograph. In addition to receiving the Bharat Scout & Guide Award from the President of India, Dr Rao has also won the Young Scientist Award from S.V. University, Tirupati.


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