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How Do I Choose the Best Herbal Diabetes Treatment?

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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.

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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.

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ZipLine
Post 3

@candyquilt-- Yes, I used it last winter and I did notice that my blood sugar was a lower than usual. I was actually using it for better circulation. I have diabetes and poor circulation. So I tend to be very cold in winter and my feet are always freezing. I learned that ginseng improves circulation so I stared having a half a cup of ginseng tea daily in winter. After a few days, I never felt cold and my blood sugar was lower.

Ginseng is healthy but make sure you try a small amount first and check how it's affecting your blood sugar. The first couple of days I had ginseng tea, I drank a whole cup. Then I

felt dizzy and had blurry eyesight. My blood sugar had fallen too much. After that, I started having half a cup which seemed to be the perfect amount for me. So too much can cause blood sugar to fall too much or may cause side effects.
candyquilt
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Has anyone tried ginseng for type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar readings have been a little higher than usual lately and I want to bring it under control naturally. Does ginseng work and is it safe?

bluedolphin
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Capsaicin is something else that reduces blood sugar. It's a compound found in peppers. It's found in high quantities in hot peppers, it's actually the compound that causes the "hot" sensation in our mouths. But it's also found in some amounts in regular sweet peppers.

That's why diabetics should eat a lot of peppers. Bell peppers are always easy to find and easy to eat since they're sweet. Those who like spicy foods can also add chili and other hot peppers into their meals.

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