Ayurveda Approach to Diabetes: Supporting Your Natural Healing Ability

herbs.jpgThe Raj program for diabetes draws on the world’s oldest and most complete system of medicine, Ayurveda. Through its unique assessment of causal imbalances at the basis of the condition, this program provides a comprehensive, natural approach to restoring health and wholeness.

Gaining true relief from diabetes usually requires a multi-factor, natural approach because there are many different imbalances that can contribute to the condition.

The accumulation of toxins in the eyes, nerves, cardiovascular system, feet, and other tissues can cause many of the most debilitating effects of diabetes. Ayurvedic theory also describes how mistakes of a high carbohydrate diet are more likely to create diabetes when nervous system imbalance and stress also become a factor in the individual. According to Ayurveda, mental stress and strong emotional disturbance when added to a system overloaded with a carbohydrate heavy diet, often pushes the physiology into the diabetic condition. Disruption of biological rhythms interferes with the body’s metabolic processes and can inhibit proper carbohydrate metabolism. Lack of proper exercise and poor circulation can worsen many diabetic symptoms.

Because so many imbalances can play a role in the condition, the Ayurvedic assessment of balance and imbalance does not look at gross physical abnormality and does not try to match drugs to a symptom. People can have the same disorder for different reasons. For example, ten people could walk into a doctor’s office with a headache and have it for ten different reasons. Likewise, not everyone has diabetes for the same reasons.

Ayurvedic diagnosis determines the imbalance in the divisions of the body’s inner intelligence. These underlying imbalances are the rood causes of a condition and must be removed if real healing is to occur. By determining the causal imbalances at the basis of a disorder, Ayurvedic assessment helps address the fundamental source of ill health in the individual.

Root Causes of Diabetes

The following are the general types of imbalances at the course of most chronic conditions, including diabetes:

Toxins accumulating in tissues and blocking circulation

Poor nutrition

Poor digestion

Accumulation of physical and mental stress

Lowering of natural resistance and immunity

Disruption of natural biological rhythms

Ayurveda Approach to Diabetes

Panchakarma/Detoxification Treatments

The goal of the Ayurveda approach is to enliven the body’s natural healing and self-repair ability with the ultimate goal of creating the highest state of health and well-being.

Many symptoms of diabetes start when the condition creates toxins that accumulate in tissues and disrupt the delicate biochemistry there. Toxin buildup can also obstruct the channels of circulation and elimination to affected areas. This blockage prevents proper nutrition from reaching the tissues and blocks the processes that cleanse them of impurities.

The most powerful treatments for removing toxins and opening circulation are the traditional Ayurveda purification and detoxification treatments, called Panchakarma. This daily treatment program of massage, heat treatments and eliminative therapies is the cornerstone of The Raj program for diabetes.

Panchakarma treatments address the problem of toxin accumulation through systematically loosening the impurities from where they have become embedded in tissues and helping to liquefy the impurities for easy absorption into circulation and eventual elimination. The treatments also soften and open the channels of circulation and elimination so that proper nourishment can reach the tissues and so that impurities can be more easily eliminated from them.


After an individual assessment, an Ayurveda expert will provide you with detailed understanding of foods to favor and avoid. Foods to avoid are hard to digest, clogging to the physiology and aggravating to the divisions of biological intelligence (doshas) that are already in a state of imbalance. Foods to favor are easy to digest, nourishing, cleanse the physiology, strengthen digestion, and balance your body’s inner intelligence. One of the great strengths of the Ayurveda dietary approach is that it contains knowledge of how to have a light, easy-to-digest diet that is still both satisfying and nourishing.

Ayurvedic Herbs

Herbs are considered to be nutritional supplements in Ayurveda. Their purpose is to restore balance to the specific divisions of biological intelligence whose malfunction is causing your condition.

Traditional Ayurvedic theory says that herbs are most effective after a person completes an internal cleansing program. The main focus of you’re an in-residence treatment program at The Raj are the cleansing and rejuvenation treatments that you receive daily. Once the program is finished, you can start on your recommended regime of herbs.

Creating Strong Digestion

As important specific food we eat is our ability to properly digest food. Incompletely digested foods create toxins and impurities that are eventually absorbed, travel throughout the physiology, localize in tissues and disrupt their functioning. This process plays a major role in a wide variety of chronic conditions, including diabetes.

The Ayurvedic approach to strengthening digestion includes

Proper use of spices and cooking oils

Herbal preparations for improving digestion

Understanding the differences in diet for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Digestion-enhancing foods, to favor

Digestion-depressing foods to avoid

Proper food combining to avoid indigestion (like not combining milk with salty or sour tastes)

Balancing Nervous System Activity

The nervous system controls most bodily functions and almost every chronic condition is affected in some way when the nervous system activity becomes imbalanced. According to Ayurveda, the physiological principle at the basis of nervous system stability and activation is called Vata. Because nervous system imbalance contributes to diabetes, from the Ayurvedic perspective Vata imbalance is an underlying cause of the condition and needs to be reversed.

There are a wide variety of time-tested Ayurvedic recommendations to help balance Vata and remove the symptoms caused by its aggravation. These include specific diets, herbs, cleansing programs, the Transcendental Meditation technique, and Yoga.

Stress Management

Excessive mental, emotional and physical stress can worsen the symptoms of many chronic disorders, including diabetes. This is due to hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can create imbalance in the nervous system and depress the healing ability of the body.

Enhancing the body’s ability to recover from stress in an integral part of returning to a life of health and well-being. The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa offers instruction in the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. TM has a wealth of scientific research verifying its effect on reducing many the mental and stress factors associated with diabetes. It is the only mediation technique that is recommended by the American Heart Association. Research shows that TM practice creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimulus.

Lifestyle and Daily Routine

One of the most important factors for maintaining healthy functioning is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating patters, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore regularity in our daily routine can be extremely effective in reducing physiological imbalance at the basis of diabetes.

Strengthening the Body’s Natural Healing Mechanisms

Ultimately any treatment approach must depend on the body’s natural healing ability for a real cure of the condition. The diabetes approach at The Raj is not to attack the disorder with something from the outside like drugs or surgery, but to attempt to enliven the innate healing and self-repair response of the body.

For more information on programs targeting diabetes, visit The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa website”


Fight Obesity with….Broccoli? (Spinach and carrots and broccoli, oh my!)

Broccoli666A new study from the universities of Texas and Southern California revealed that spinach, broccoli and carrots seem to have a super power: merely eating 2 fist-full portions of leafy greens and certain vegetables with beta-carotene (like carrots) per day helped reduce body fat, lower the risk of liver disease, type 2 diabetes and other diseases.

The study targeted childhood obesity and its related health concerns. Even though the children in the study failed to eat the entire recommended daily allowance of nutritious vegetables, as stipulated by the US Department of Agriculture, the improvements to their health were still significant. This highlighted the fact that it was not the quantity of vegetables that provided the benefits as much as the kind of vegetable that was eaten.

The study found that even adding small amounts of green leafy vegetables and carrots—about quarter of a cup per day— led to improved insulin levels and a reduction in bad fats in the body.

“Bad fat’ refers to visceral fat, body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity and is therefore stored around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines.

Visceral fat is also referred to as “active fat” because it can negatively affect how our hormones function. Bad fat can send the wrong signals to our brain about when and how much to eat. Storing higher amounts of visceral fat is associated with increased risks of a number of health problems including type 2 diabetes. For this reason, weight loss is an important health consideration.

Researchers in the study concluded that it is the type of vegetable that matters, noting that starchier vegetables, such as corn and potatoes, did not give the same positive effects.

Health-promoting cruciferous vegetables:

Arugula, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, daikon radish, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radish, rutabaga, turnip, watercress.

Health-promoting vegetables with beta-carotene:

Carrots, dark green leafy vegetables, cos or romaine lettuce, broccoli

It is important (especially at this time of year for those in colder climates) to point out that Ayurveda recommends cooking vegetables rather than eating vegetables raw. Eating raw vegetables can aggravate vata. While many worry that cooking vegetables will eliminate many vitamins and minerals, cooking helps us digest our food without expanding huge amounts of energy. Unless you have super digestive powers, you will actually end up getting more nutrients out of your food if you steam your vegetables until they are fork friendly.

In fact, cooked carrots, spinach, asparagus, cabbage, peppers, brussels sprouts and many other vegetables actually supply more antioxidants, such as carotenoids and ferulic acid, to the body than they do when raw. Another study, published in 2002 showed that cooking carrots increases their level of beta-carotene.





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