Despite exponential progress in the last few decades, Modern medical science is yet to find cure for most of the chronic diseases like Hypertension, heart and brain diseases and Diabetes. The fact that people with these diseases have to take allopathic medicines forever, speaks clearly that all the medicines developed so far for these diseases, are only able to manage the symptoms instead of curing them. The result is that there comes a time when the imbalances, which had been masked by these medicines (and also due to imbalances created by the medicines themselves), surface up with serious implications, further taking the patient deeper into a whirlpool of more medicines and severe discomfort. It is therefore important that we must hit the root cause in case we wish to cure any disease. This blog will explain you that how you can cure diabetes using simple principles of Ayurveda
*** Also, recommended to go through the blogs to know the root cause and cure for:-
- Ulcerative colitis and
- Brain diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, stress, insomnia
CATEGORIZATION OF DIABETES
Here we go…..Modern science has already categorized Diabetes in two types. Type One where the body is not able to make enough (or no) insulin (the hormone required by body cells to breakdown glucose into energy). And Type Two where the body is not able to metabolize the insulin produced. In either cases, the sufferer feels tired and hungry all the time because her/his cells are not able to produce energy out of glucose. The result is that the blood remains flooded with excess of un-utilized glucose leading to serious health issues like neuropathy and decaying of body parts like kidneys, eyes etc. (read symptoms of Diabetes). So, let’s pick up these two types one by one.
Insulin is produced by pancreas and when pancreas goes unwell (which happens when enough blood does not reach the pancreas), its production declines. Since paucity of blood means Vata in Ayurvedic terms, Ayurveda calls Type One diabetes as a vata disease. Now such an issue could arise in two cases:-
- where not just the pancreas but entire body and mind are also vata ridden which happens in a typical vata personality and is usually a congenital trait,
- and another where pancreas is vata ridden (low on blood) but mind is kapha ridden.
Now, while the second case will be discussed under the heading type 1.5 (called so since its half vata and half kapha), the first one, which is purely vata can be managed and even cured by simply sticking on to Vata food pyramid which means:-
- less of foods which are pungent, astringent and bitter e.g. hot spices, chillies, tea, coffee, liquor, tobacco, onion, garlic which are very high on these tastes.
- and more of those foods which are sweet (having protein, fats and carbs), salty and sour.
Contrary to Type One diabetes, Type two diabetes is a kapha disease where the body due to a kapha mind (relatively less active mind), accumulates so much of tissues (Kapha means excess of blood) due to slow metabolism, that this leads to incomplete/improper breakdown of food stored thereby leading to accumulation of toxins and poor circulation of blood (as too much of kapha leads to poor agni). The result is that insulin released by pancreas is not able to penetrate the walls of the cells for breaking down glucose.
A person with this disease where insulin production is not a challenge should simply stick to Kapha pacifying diet, which is exactly opposite to vata pyramid i.e. less of sweet (meaning low GI foods), salty and sour foods and more of astringent, pungent and bitter foods like green tea, tea, coffee however they should be careful that they dont overdo on such foods meaning treat them as medicine only and consume them only till to cure their disease and never continue them for too long (click the link mentioned in para above for blog two on food pyramids for kapha people). To rev up their metabolism they should resort to intense exercises (please remember that exercising alone won’t help and it has to be complemented with right diet as mentioned above). Yes, kapha minds are likely to be lazier than their vata counterparts, and they have to learn to shed away their laziness in order to stay healthy.
TYPE 1.5 (THE MOST COMMON YET THE LEAST UNDERSTOOD)
What if someone is having a weak pancreas but a kapha mind as discussed above? This could be inborn trait or acquired due to wrong eating habits like having too much of bitter, astringent and pungent foods e.g. green tea which inflames lower body parts including pancreas leading to poor production of insulin.
*** This will be a shock and surprise to many but the fact is that green tea’s unscrupulous consumption due to fad and status symbol associated with it, is one of the major reason for sudden surge in this disease. I personally know several cases of people gulping loads of green tea with the aim to stay fit and/or reduce their weight falling prey to serious issues of insomnia, chronic stress, poor heart health and severe diabetes, who got immediate and significant relief in their issues after quitting this drink. In fact, contrary to the famous convention the fact is that milk tea is far better than green tea as milk’s sweetness doesn’t let the pungency of tea harm the pancreas to that an extent. However a person with poor insulin production should totally refrain from all sorts of tea, coffee etc. and its a misconception that tea without sugar is fine, because its not the sugar but the other three tastes in tea that are harming the pancreas.
Now, while modern science doesn’t know how to specifically target and rejuvenate pancreas, Ayurveda uses a combination of bitter, astringent and sweet foods like Bael fruit to increase blood flow towards lower body parts including pancreas thereby repairing them (this is the reason that Bael is used even for curing diseases like Ulcerative colitis). Not only that, Bael fruit will also reduce blood from their mind (thereby reducing kapha from there). Of course the trick is to ensure that one doesn’t lie down (under any circumstances) after having this fruit as it pushes blood down with the help of gravity. It has to be remembered that Kapha diet as per pyramid won’t work here and would rather be detrimental to health.
WHY DELAYED APPROACH TO AYURVEDA MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO CURE IT
A vata mind is bound to get attracted towards bitter foods as these foods give temporary relief to the stressed out mind (due to vata). However due to vasodilation effect (of bitter foods), vata goes further high leading to more craving of such foods (watch this video to understand how bitter foods cause addiction). As vata increases in the brain, it further increases vata and pitta of the entire body including pancreas (as such tea coffee are pungent too causing further inflammation). Thus with passage of time, a vata person becomes very high on vata (means paucity of blood). Thus when he/she approaches, ayurveda at a very stage, efforts to repair pancreas with the help of sweet, astringent and bitter herbs/foods like bael, would further reduce blood from the upper and peripheral body parts thereby causing loss of sleep/headache/bodyaches. In such cases the only option is to control pitta of the body by using herbs like chandraprabha vati (herb which increases moon).
EARLIER YOU APPROACH AYURVEDA THE BETTER IT IS
Thus, it goes without saying that earlier you understand your ayurvedic constitution and eat in line with the teachings of Ayurveda, higher are your chances of getting cured completely. However this is for sure that Ayurveda will give you respite even if you switch over to right eating at a later stage in life (in form of either totally controlling your diabetes with same dosage of allopathic medicines or lesser). And this goes true for all diseases.
This article is an extract from the book THE ROOT CAUSE.