Researchers have found that some traditional medicines commonly used in South Asia are effective for controlling blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Ayurveda is a traditional medicinal system that has been used for thousands of years in several South Asian countries, including Nepal and India. Several of the included herbs are also used in other countries such as Mexico, China, Iran, and others.
A multiple and individualized approach is used to manage health problems, including Ayurvedic purifying and detoxifying therapies such as Panchakarma, lifestyle modifications such as diet, and Ayurvedic medicines containing ingredients of animal, plant or mineral origin, singly or in combination.
The researchers conducted an in-depth study to show that these drugs are effective at regulating blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients. Other beneficial effects were also found, including cholesterol, blood pressure, body weight, and other parameters associated with diabetes.
This was a comprehensive review of all types of traditional medicines containing a wide variety of ayurvedic remedies. Based in top institutes in Nepal, India and the UK, the researchers are experts in diabetes, Ayurveda and this type of research.
Type 2 diabetes is a complex condition that has significant social, health and economic implications and is one of the major diseases for which Ayurvedic practitioners are consulted.
Other systematic reviews have shown the potential for treating type 2 diabetes with these drugs, although many need updating and none of them provide a comprehensive summary of all drugs studied for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
As part of this review, a range of sources was searched, including 18 electronic databases, containing 219 articles representing 199 randomized controlled trials, comprising 98 ayurvedic medicines and 21,191 participants.
Some practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine may find the patented Ayurvedic remedies and herbal extracts included in this review to be a departure from classical management style. In reality, however, many Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe, and many people consume these types of medicines.
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