Diabetes: CAM Therapies for Specific
- Exercise is now being called a
"breakthrough" intervention in diabetes and is supported by decades
of research from the National Institutes of Health. Patients who exercise may
prevent or recover from diabetes.
- Exercise and movement, which are used in many MindBody
therapies, decrease the harmful effects of stress and help prevent some of the
diseases of aging, including diabetes.
- Research supporting low-fat diets is powerful and voluminous. Along with
exercise, low-fat diets are also effective at controlling adult-onset diabetes.
- Eating a plant-based diet provides high levels of fiber.
Water-soluble fibers, such as gums and pectins, protect against diabetes by
binding in the gut with bile acids, thus preventing the reabsorption of these
- Long valued in Asia as an adaptogen, the
herb ginseng has
become one of the top three herbal products in the United States. Use of
ginseng includes the treatment of diabetes.
- Botanicals, nutritional supplements,
and counseling and psychotherapy are effective treatments for diabetes mellitus.
- A number of herbal compounds have been used to treat diabetes.
- A 1989 pilot study evaluated the
effectiveness of multiple Maharishi Ayur-Ved interventions among 126 adults with ten chronic
diseases, including diabetes. Each received an individualized nutritional
program, herbal preparations, and daily lifestyle guidelines. Seventy-nine
percent of the participants showed improvement.
- Presently, the aspect of Ayurvedic medicine
that will probably be most investigated in the West is its potential for
conversion of its herbal components into standardized drugs. Many Ayurvedic
herbs are currently being examined for the treatment and prevention of
Caution: Borderline chromium
deficiency may help to trigger adult-onset diabetes, but is not the underlying
cause of diabetes, so chromium cannot cure the disease. Chromium
supplementation does present some dangers.
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
Reprinted by permission of Simon &
Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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