Common native Indian medicine can effectively treat type 2 diabetes

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Scientists from the University of Nottingham found that several traditional medicines commonly used in South Asia, are effective in maintaining blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

The research is published in Frontiers in Pharmacology and was conducted by Dr. Kaushik Chattopadhyay et al.

Ayurveda is a traditional medical system that has been used for thousands of years in many South Asian countries such as India and Nepal.

Some of the herbs included are also used in other parts of the world including Iran, China, and Mexico—to name a few.

Ayurvedic medicine is commonly used by patients as it fits with their health beliefs and culture.

Its acceptability, satisfaction, and perceived relief are usually high, especially among rural, poor, older, and indigenous/minority populations.

Many patients with type 2 diabetes prefer not to use Western medicines due to the associated side effects, cost, and mode of administration (e.g., injections).

In the study, the team reviewed these medicines and found they were effective in blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes.

Other beneficial effects, such as on body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and other diabetes-related parameters were also shown.

As part of this review, the team checked 219 articles, which represented 199 randomized controlled trials (21,191 participants) and 98 Ayurvedic medicines.

Many Ayurvedic practitioners may view the inclusion of herb extracts and proprietary Ayurvedic medicines in this review as a deviation from the classical style of management.

However, in reality, many Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe, and many people consume these types of medicines.

The findings suggest the benefits of a range of Ayurvedic medicines in improving blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes patients.

The team has developed a clinical guideline for managing type 2 diabetes by Ayurvedic practitioners based on this evidence and will be evaluating it.

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