TopicUnderstanding Diabetes - Glucose and Insulin
Medicinal use of plants has been researched through out Diabetes the history of time. Ancient Indian literature tells of a variety of human ailments treated with many different plants. India itself has approximately 45,000 species of plants, with several thousand of them in use as medicines for their medicinal properties.According to studies performed over the last few decades, the plants studied for their anti-diabetic properties were proof positive in the literature. Of the 45 anti-diabetic plants studied, their products have shown both clinical and experimental anti-diabetic activities. The plants studies with the most successful results in association of diabetics and their problems are the Allium cepa, Allium sativum, Aloe vera, Cajanus cajan, Coccinia indica, Caesalpinia bonducella, Ficus bengalenesis, Gymnema sylvestre, Momordica charantia, Ocimum sanctum, Pterocarpus marsupium, Swertia chirayita, Syzigium cumini, Tinospora cordifolia and Trigonella foenum graecum. All of the plants were shown in varying degrees to have hypoglycemia and anti-hyperglycemic activity.
In initial experimental and clinical studies, the aloe plants dried sap is a widely used remedy for diabetes on the Arabian Peninsula. The five patients studied with non-insulin dependent diabetes, were given a one half teaspoon dose daily for 4-14 weeks. The results of the aloes ingestion showed fasting serum glucose levels fell from an average 273 to 151 with no weight loss or gain.In conclusion the study shows the aloes contain a hypoglycemic agent, that lowers the blood glucose levels, although the specific cause is still unknown.