Diabetes  
by: Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta (cravatta@indolink.com)

Note: The information provided herein is of general nature, and should not be construed as professional medical advice.

Question:

How can I address Diabetes?


Answer:

There are many contributing factors with Diabetes. It is actually a combination of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha imbalances. But it is usually mostly from imbalanced Kapha and Pitta. You ask if there is an ayurvedic treatment that would completely cure the diabetes. This is difficult to say. Each person is an individual and will be in different stages of the disease. However, whatever the stage of the diabetes, ayurvedic will probably assist in the healing process. The emotional component must also be addressed. There may be some deep sorrow or regret, or a wishing that life had been a different way. To truly work on the cellular level, we must be willing to look at all aspects of ourselves and to see if we may need to change our perspective. This can be the most difficult part of our healing journey.

When one incorporates ayurvedic methods into ones life, it is important that we continue on with whatever allopathic treatments that are being used for the diabetes. The natural methods may take a while to have any effect and in the meanwhile, the allopathic medicines will allow the person to function in their everyday life. As you begin to receive benefits from ayurveda, then you may desire to decrease the allopathy upon the advice of your physician.

Diet plays an important role. It is very important to be sure to have plenty of Bitter taste each day. This will include dark green leafy vegetables, turmeric, and fenugreek. In addition to the using fenugreek in cooking, you may also soak 1 TBS. of fenugreek seeds over night and eat them the next morning.

For herbal therapy you may want to include the following: Shardunikha, shilajit, guggulu, turmeric, and amalaki. Shardunikha, also known as Gymnena sylvestre, will address both the pitta and kapha aspects of diabetes. Research is showing that it may actually assist the pancreas in repair.


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Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta is a chiropractor who specializes in the ancient healing science of Ayurveda. Dr. Cravatta has had more than 25 years experience with practicing meditation and yoga.

In her private practice in Palo Alto and San Rafael she offers individual and phone consultations, marma therapy, workshops and meditation classes.

For more information visit: http://www.indolink.com/Health/Ayurveda/carvatta.html