Ayurveda - Herbal Medicine - Nutrition - Self Care - Yogic Healing - Meditation

Both Ayurveda and modern medicine agree that type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is a multifaceted disease that  affects many organs, tissues, and channels of the body including the cardiovascular, urinary, nervous and immune systems. In Sanskrit, diabetes is called prameha, or frequent urination, because this is one of many symptoms that can be observed by those with this condition. Historically, type 2 DM was considered to be mainly adult on-set, however,  according to the CDC, we are currently seeing increased risk of type 2 DM among young children and teenagers. I will try not to shroud this topic in complex Ayurvedic or medical language, but rather use simple terms and core concepts to convey the practical approaches that can be taken by those wanting to manage or reverse this condition. 

Some Basic Ayurvedic Concepts

In Ayurveda, there are three bodily humors (doshas) that maintain the normal function of the body and mind and, when disturbed, contribute to the disease process. These three doshas are known as vata (energy of movement), pitta (energy of transformation), and kapha (energy of structure, lubrication and fluidity). Kapha imbalance can be a primary factor in the development of type 2 DM when left unmanaged. 

Kapha Imbalance and Diabetes 

Let’s first get a basic understanding of kapha dosha before venturing into how kapha contributes to diabetes and other related complications.} Kapha is made up primarily of the earth and water element and is the structural and lubricating energy of the body. Kapha has

Ayurveda - Herbal Medicine - Nutrition - Self Care - Yogic Healing - Meditation

Medhya Rasayana – Mental Rejuvenation

In Ayurveda, herbs that rejuvenate the mind and nervous system are known as medhya rasayanas. In Western herbalism, many of these herbs are classified as nervines. Medhya rasayana herbs help to calm the mind, relax the body, and even replenish and regenerate the nervous system. These herbs are great allies against the oxidizing effects of stress and the depletion of our vital energy and immunity. Some are heavy, grounding and sedating like valerian, hops, poppy or kava kava. Others are still calming, yet have lighter energy such as passion flower, gotu kola or skullcap. Nourishing tonic herbs, most notably ashwagandha, also have calming qualities, but can also provide strength and energy where and when needed.

Herbs are Broad Spectrum

It can often be hard to make a clear distinction between one category of herbs and another, since a single herb can possess several actions. For instance, I have frequently given laxative herbs to promote intestinal cleansing, and the person will report back that they are sleeping better and thinking clearer. This shows the connection between our digestive function, the mind, immune system and so on, because all our bodily systems work as a whole.

For example, herbs that clear excess heat and toxins from the liver like bhringraj (eclipta alba), brahmi (gotu kola and bacopa monnieri) also have properties that are seen to improve mental function. Others like dandelion leaf of punarnava help to clear heat from the liver as well as through