World Diabetes Day was instituted by the World Health Organization and International Diabetes Federation in the year 1991, to be observed on November 14th ever year. The day is observed all over the world on the birth anniversary of Fredrick Banting. Fredrick Banting along with Charles Best discovered insulin in 1922.
On World Diabetes Day
On World Diabetes Day, programs are organized on Diabetes awareness and relief.
Diabetes in Indian thought is called Madhu Meham. Madhu means sugar, sweet.
Diabetes is also known as Prameha and is mentioned in Ayurvedic texts like Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Hareeta Samhita and Ashtanga Sangraha.
Diabetes is discussed in great detail in Charaka Samhita. Charaka, the ancient Indian Physician mentions a diabetic affected person as a person passing sweet urine.
Ants attracted to Urine
One of the ways of identifying Diabetes, as mentioned by Charaka, is to see and observe whether ants are drawn to the urine sample of the patient.
Ants drawn to the Urine Sample
Charaka also mentions that Diabetes occurs due to insufficient produce of insulin by the Pancreas, and which has been testified by modern science.
Types of Diabetes
Ayurveda mentions 12 types of Diabetes. 4 are curable while 8 can be suppressed.
Sahaja and Apathya
According to the science of Ayurveda, Diabetes occurs due to two major factors, namely, Sahaja and Apathya.
Sahaja is mostly seen in lean people and happens due to Insulin deficiency.
Apathya is observed in obese, those with inappropriate diet habits and occurs due to increased glucose production.
Herbs for Diabetes
Ayurveda prescribes various herbs such to keep diabetes in control.
While diabetes is not fully curable, it is controllable. This has been a realization from time immemorial.
– Dr. D.K. Hari & Dr. D.K. Hema Hari