While of course doctor’s orders and treatment are still the best when it comes to diabetes care, there are alternative treatments that can help in the management of your health. Complementary and alternative treatments fall under this category. When practiced correctly and with proper consultation from your physician, it can help ease the patient’s pain and suffering.
Below is RedRiver Health and Wellness Center's list of options for natural diabetes treatments, which is by no means exhaustive. Before trying any of them, consult your doctor first as these treatments may work differently depending on your condition.
There are several natural herbs, fruits, and vegetables that you can intake for diabetes. One of the best ones is bitter gourd. Also known as bitter melon, this vegetable-fruit helps lower blood glucose. Instead of only affecting a particular organ or tissue, bitter gourd can influence glucose metabolism in the entire body. Moreover, it helps with the increase of pancreatic insulin while preventing resistance against insulin. You can intake bitter gourd in various forms such as juice, raw slices, or cooked as a vegetable dish.
Cinnamon, a common spice used in baked goods, has also been known to have a positive effect on diabetes. Its powdered form stimulates insulin production thus helping lower blood sugar. However, as most powdered cinnamon available in groceries contain a toxic compound called coumarin, do take it in moderation. You can intake cinnamon diluted in warm water or added to drinks and baked goods.
While studies are still inconclusive about the physical effects of aromatherapy, it does help in the emotional side of diabetes management. Stress brought about by diabetes can be relieved by aromatherapy as it helps them feel more relaxed. Aside from that, some essential oils can help with skin-related diabetic complications.
There are several more options for alternative treatments but do keep in mind that these are not meant to replace treatment prescribed by your doctor. They can help in managing diabetes, but caution should always be practice and only use them under proper guidance.