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|Date: December 09, 1996||HC# 120562-100|
Re:Botanicals for Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes
Breakspear, Ian G. Diabetes Mellitus: Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Complications Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism. Vol. 7, No. 2:35-40.
While modern medicine can play an important role in the lives of many patients of diabetes mellitus (a metabolic disorder characterized by impaired carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism), this author claims that herbal medicine and other natural therapies can play a major role in the long-term management and the prevention and treatment of the chronic complications of the condition.
Modern medical drugs such as insulin and oral hypoglycemics are used by diabetics to regulate gross plasma glucose levels. For more finely controlling blood sugar levels, herbs such as goat's rue (Galega officinalis), fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), and the Ayurvedic herb Gymnema sylvestra, can be used in conjunction with these drugs. Dietary fiber as well as the mucilage found in slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) and psyllium (Plantago spp.) can also be of help in regulating plasma glucose. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) can be used to inhibit the activity of the enzyme aldose reductase, thereby reducing the production of polyols, a factor in some of the major chronic complications of diabetes.
Ginkgo, hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha and C. monogyna) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) may be of help in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, a major cause of death in diabetics, as well as ocular complications to diabetes. The author suggests that other herbal medicines can be explored for use in stress management, for toning the nervous system, for aiding digestion, and for preventing and treating immune dysfunction and infections. -Ginger Webb
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