Natural remedies for Type 2 diabetes

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Diabetes treatment can include many elements, including natural remedies.

Alternative therapies include everything from diet and exercise to mental conditioning and lifestyle changes. Alternative treatments include acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatments, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation exercises, herbal remedies and massage.

What alternative treatments are used as diabetes treatment?

Acupuncture has been shown to offer relief from chronic pain and is sometimes used by people with neuropathy, the painful nerve damage of diabetes.

Biofeedback helps a person deal with the body’s response to pain and emphasizes relaxation and stress-reduction techniques.

What natural dietary supplements are used for diabetes treatment?

Chromium is needed to make glucose tolerance factor, which helps insulin improve its action.

Studies have shown some sugar-lowering effects.

Scientists say that a deficiency of magnesium interrupts insulin secretion in the pancreas. People who eat more foods magnesium, (whole grains, nuts and green leafy vegetables), have a decreased risk of diabetes.

Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance that helps cells make energy and acts as an antioxidant. Meats and seafood contain small amounts of CoQ10.

Plant foods for diabetes


  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Broccoli
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coffee

Most plant foods are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which are for controlling diabetes. Cinnamon, cloves and coffee may actually fight inflammation and help insulin.

Scientific evidence thus far does not support the role of garlic, ginger, hawthorn, or nettle in benefiting blood sugar control.

Are herbs safe for diabetics?

Chitosan is derived from seashells and has the ability to bind to fat and prevent its absorption, helping to control blood sugar.

However, a recent survey of herbal preparations for obesity found that many preparations contained lead or arsenic and other toxic metals.

What to consider before using natural therapies for diabetes treatment

Discuss any drugs you use, including herbal products, with your doctor before taking them. If you experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, insomnia, stop taking the herbal products.

Avoid preparations made with more than one herb.

Beware of commercial claims of what herbal products can do.

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