How to control Diabetes with Herbs

Blood is the very important component of our body. It helps in transportation of various substances from one part of body to other. This transportation system has certain carrying limits. If these limits exceed or decline it adversely affect our body. Diabetes mellitus or Diabetes is a disease in which the normal blood sugar elevates and produces harm to the body.


Body has a hormone called insulin. Its function is to maintain blood sugar. Diabetes usually occurs because of the following reasons:

  • Production of insulin ceases or become very low.
  • Body cells become insensitive to insulin.

High blood sugar is associated with many problem but three main symptoms of diabetes are:


Elevated sugar level increases the demand of water. Patient wants to drink water a lot.


Body wants to get rid of excessive sugar and need of urination increases.


Hunger increases. Starvation becomes almost unbearable. Patient wants to eat something frequently.

Herbs for Diabetes

The main aim of the diabetes patients is to keep the blood sugar low after every meal. There are certain herbs that can help in diabetes.

Bilberry Plant

Leaves and fruit of bilberry plant are found to have good effect in lowering blood pressure. It helps to relieve blood circulation problems. In some complications of diabetes, blood cells clump together and this causes problem in blood circulation. This plant has Flavonoids that are very much powerful in keeping the blood in flow even in cell thick capillaries.

Bitter Melon

Few tablespoon juice of this plant is thought be sufficient in diabetes. This plant assists cells to take glucose easily that lowers the blood sugar and also stops the sugar absorption in small intestine. Absorption procedure is efficient because it doesn’t let more sugar enter in the blood. When less sugar is absorbed, ultimately its quantity lowers in blood.

Gymnema Sylvestre

This plant is considered to be very beneficial in diabetes. Some studies suggested that it lowers blood sugar by enhancing the activity of insulin to the cells to intake more sugar and also by increasing the insulin production.


Fibers are beneficial for health. This seed is full of fibers but along with giving enough fiber to body it also has many benefits for diabetic patients. It helps to lower blood sugar by increasing sensitivity of the cells to the insulin. When cells become more sensitive they uptake more sugar, which will help to lower the blood sugar level. According to a study people who took 25 grams of fenugreek has lower blood sugar. It is also found to have the property to lower blood cholesterol level.


Ginseng is taken as capsule or tablet. This is a very beneficial herb and has cure of many diseases. Many studies have shown that it is helpful in diabetes. Ginseng has the property to decrease the sugar absorption from intestine. It also has boosting effect on cells. It makes body cells more sensitive to insulin. Some studies also suggest that it augments the secretion of insulin from pancreas.

Prickly Pear Cactus

This fruit can be used as a whole or used as powder or juice form. It has the property to lower blood sugar. Researchers have found that the components of this fruit are similar to the insulin.

Diabetes is a very severe health condition. Before taking any herb, it is necessary to get the suggestion from the nutritionist or health professional.

About Jing Guo Wang

TCM professor of Shanghai University of Tradional Chinese Medicine.She has 30 years of clinical experience at applying traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and other therapies in the treatment of a variety of vertigo, headache, neurasthenia, hypertension, neck pain and periarthritis of shoulder.