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DIABETES MANAGEMENT THROUGH YOGA
Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism—the way our bodies use digested food for growth and energy. Most of the food we eat is broken down into glucose, the form of sugar in the blood. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. After digestion, glucose passes into the bloodstream, where it is used by cells for growth and energy. For glucose to get into cells, insulin must be present. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach. When we eat, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to move glucose from blood into our cells. In people with diabetes, however, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced. Glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine and passes out of the body in the urine. Thus, the body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of glucose. Diabetes is associated with long-term complications that affect almost every part of the body. The disease often leads to blindness, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations and nerve damage. Uncontrolled diabetes may complicate pregnancy. Birth defects are more common in babies born to women with diabetes. In absence of proper utilization of sugar the patient begins to develop various physical ailments like frequent urination, excessive tiredness, loss of weight, blurring of vision, general weakness and skin disorders. Chronic diabetic patients may suffer hypertension, kidney and eye disorders.
There are three types of diabetes:-
Type 1 diabetes: The immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. At present, scientists do not know exactly what causes the body’s immune system to attack the beta cells, but they believe that autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors, possibly viruses, are involved. Type 1 diabetes occurs equally among males and females but is more common in white races of European countries.
Type 2 diabetes: This is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, physical inactivity. About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. When type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the pancreas is usually producing enough insulin, but for unknown reasons the body cannot use the insulin effectively, a condition called insulin resistance. After several years, insulin production decreases. The result is glucose builds up in the blood and the body cannot make efficient use of its main source of fuel. Type 2 diabetes is more common in older people, especially in people who are overweight and occurs more often in African and Asian, population.
Gestational diabetes: Some women develop gestational diabetes late in pregnancy. Although this form of diabetes usually disappears after the birth of the baby, women who have had gestational diabetes have a 20 to 50 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years. Maintaining a reasonable body weight and being physically active may help prevent development of type 2 diabetes.
Management of diabetes:
Yoga, ayurveda and diabetes:
According to ayurveda, diabetes is the result of pitta and kapha imbalances. This is difficult to say whether there is complete cure to diabetes through ayurveda and/or yogabhyasa. Each person is an individual and will be in different stages of the disease. However, whatever the stage of the diabetes, ayurvedic and yoga assist in the healing process. Diet plays an important role. It is very important to be sure to have plenty of bitter taste each day. Your diet should include dark green leafy vegetables, turmeric and fenugreek. In addition to the using fenugreek (sonuf) in cooking, you may also soak one table spoon of fenugreek seeds over night and eat them the next morning. Shilajit, guggulu, turmeric, bitter gourd and the seeds of kalajamoon have curative properties. Research shows that these most commonly available herbs actually assist restoration of the pancreas.
Yoga and management of diabetes:
Yogic system of treatment consists of i) regular practice of certain postures, called asanas, ii) breathing techniques, called pranayama, iii) proper diet management and iv) meditation. Not only for diabetes for any treatment these are the yogic treatment methods. Initially for a period of 3-4 weeks, the patient may not find any improvement through yoga. Thereafter, yoga starts giving permanent and irreversible results. People around 40-50 years find relief by that time. For juvenile diabetics (i.e., below 20-25 years), the results could appear after a year or so.
Yogic treatment restores the normal functioning of pancreas and other glands in the body. When the glands begin to function properly, pancreas gets activated again and results in normalcy of body functions. Following asanas are selected for diabetes treatment. It is not necessary that one should all these but should select whichever suitable to them, depending on time available, age and body ductility. It is imperative that all the asanas ( minimum of 5) should be repeated three times. The yogic practice may be done either in the morning or evening in empty stomach. Regular practice is needed. Before starting yoga, one should do some warming up exercises (I need not have to go into this, as these are the same you did in your middle and high schools). Though yoga has its own warming up exercises, to learn along with specific asanas would be burdensome to the learner. If you live in Bangalore, you will find these asanas very easy. After all, you have performed most of them hanging to bus-bars!
SELECTED YOGASANAS FOR DIABETES
Suryanuloma: Breathing slowly through right nostril (pingala) only 10-20 times.
Bhastrika: Fast single time forceful breathing in through right nostril and expelling rapidly 6-8 times through the same nostril. Fast single time forceful breathing in through left nostril and expelling rapidly 6-8 times through same nostril. Finally, same procedure is done with both nostrils for 6-8 times (repeated 3-5 times).
There is no panacea. No yoga, ayurveda nor any top most doctor can cure unless God is willing to cure. Every doctor and therapist does his duty but the cure is in the hands of God, Almighty. Regular meditation helps. The natural significator for diabetes is Sukra. You can recite any sukra related mantras kavacha etc., You can also recite Mahalaxmi Asttottara. If you have your natal chart (janma patrika or jataka), you locate the significators of the 6th house who cause the diseases. Remedial measures to those planets will help.
Limitation: Yoga is only effective management of body functions and is not a cure by itself. So, the patient should not ignore his medication. If there is malfunctioning of body organs, yoga will infuse health into the body. If it is case of handicapment wherein the organ has a cyst or is damaged in an accident, yoga can not help. No yogic practice can make an amputated leg to grow!
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