As I have discussed in my previous articles, diabetes is a very serious medical which can often be managed by improving your diet and doing more exercise. Depending upon the type and severity of the diabetes, insulin treatment may also be required. However, there are also a number of natural remedies that can be used to help treat diabetes. Naturopathy (natural treatment) can be a very effective way to supplement your existing diabetes treatments. In this article I will be discussing three of these naturopathic approaches:
1) FISH OIL, BORAGE OIL AND OMEGA 3 OIL:- A number of research studies have shown that omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are a very effective way of treating cardiovascular complications that can be related to diabetes. In particular, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), is one essential fatty acid that helps your system regulate your metabolism of the faulty fatty acids that can make your diabetes worse. Borage oil contains GLA. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be used to combat diabetes. In a 2002 study a sample of overweight men were given 1.8 grams of fish oil with their breakfast whilst another sample were not given fish oil with their breakfast. 70% of the participants who took fish oil had better insulin responses than those who did not. Another study showed that consuming seafood is an effective, natural method to treat diabetes.
2) HYDROTHERAPY:- Water is another useful treatment for diabetes. Water absorbs and conducts heat so it is a great way to reduce your glucose levels, improve your mood (which will make you feel better) and also help you sleep better.
3) MASSAGE AND REFLEXOLOGY:- A good massage will help you relax which will help control your diabetes. A massage works your muscles and soft tissues in ways that affect your nerves and blood circulation.
Hopefully, these natural remedies for diabetes help control your condition. Naturopathy is not for everyone but it is definitely an option worth considering, especially if other treatments are not having the desired effect. When considering naturopathy, remember that it is not a suitable replacement for the usual diabetes treatments of diet, exercise and possible insulin injections. You should never stop taking insulin in favour of fish oil or start eating lots of sugary foods because you have started hydrotherapy. As with most things related to diabetes, you should go see your doctor and talk to him about any naturopathic methods you may be considering. They will then be able to tell you what you can expect and if the proposed naturopathic remedies would conflict with your existing diabetes treatment.
Whilst every intention has been made to make this article accurate and informative it is intended for general information only. Diabetes is a medical condition and this article is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner. If you have any concerns regarding diabetes you should seek the advice of your doctor immediately.