Reverse Diabetic Retinopathy

8 herbs inhibit microaneurysms and increase insulin

Woman's eye

Woman's eye

A combination of eight herbs—guggul, gymnema, bitter melon, licorice, wild asparagus, guduchi, gokshura, and pitasara—all used in Ayurvedic medicine, could now be considered a significant response to diabetes-related retinopathy, according to researchers writing in the journal Probe.

Thirty diabetes-related retinopathy patients with both type one and type two diabetes were enrolled in the study, which was conducted by the Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varansi, India. All of the patients were given eye exams to measure the severity of their retinopathy. They were then administered the eight herbs, combined into two tablets, three times daily for twelve weeks.

At the end of three months, there was a “significant inhibition” of microaneurysms and hemorrhages that suggests the herbs help “in resolution of retinal and vitreal hemorrhages.”

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Exudations were also reduced significantly, “indicating the anti-inflammatory effect….” Further, the herbs “inhibited the proliferative changes in the retina and controlled progressive retinal damage… It was observed that 60% of patients showed improvement of vision by at least one line…”

Insulin Increase

Another study (Medicine Update 2002;10[3]:67-70) confirms earlier data of the safety and efficacy of the same herbs in managing blood sugar levels and improving insulin production. Not only was there a marked increase in the body’s insulin output but also stimulation of glucose uptake and utilization.

The study on this herbal alternative to chemical hypoglycemic drugs was conducted at the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College Hospital in Bangalore, India.

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After taking the eight-herb formula daily for three months, 30 patients with abnormal blood sugar levels reported a marked reduction in both fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels from.

Although these herbs can be taken separately, the eight herbs studied by the Indian researchers can be purchased in Ayurvedic combination formulas.

FYI: Conditions for the 8-Herb Ayurvedic Formula

1. For non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) as a single or adjuvant to oral antidiabetic drugs

2. For NIDDM with signs and symptoms of hyperlipidemia

3. For NIDDM with early retinopathy

4. For NIDDM with microalbuminuria

5. As an adjuvant in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

Reference Kant, S., et al. “Effect of Diabecon (D-400), an ayurvedic herbomineral formulation, on diabetic retinopathy.” Probe, 2002;XLI(3):9-13.
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