With over 6.5 crore diabetics, India has emerged as the diabetes capital of the world.
Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production by pancreas is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.
When the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, the body fails to utilize the sugar and convert it into energy. In the absence of proper utilization of sugar, the body chemistry gets disturbed and the individual begins to develop various physical ailments and disorders. Consequently, there is frequent urination, excessive thirst, loss of weight, blurring of the vision, general weakness and skin disorders. As the problem aggravates, hypertension and kidney disorders also develop.
There are basically two types of diabetes – type – 1 and type – 2.
The general prevalent method of treating the type – 1 diabetes is to inject insulin into the body. The type – 2 diabetics are mostly given oral treatment in the form of tablets.
Whereas allopathic treatment is completely dependent on chemicals, yogic treatment is hundred per cent natural and unlike allopathic drugs, it does not have any side effects.
The yogic system of treatment consists of two aspects:
(i) Proper diet
(ii) Regular Yoga practice
In the initial stage, the patient can start practicing yoga without stopping medicine. After practising yoga for about three weeks, the person should gradually reduce and finally stop taking the medicines.
The yogic treatment restores the normal functioning of the pancreas and other glands of the endocrinal system. When these glands begin to function properly, body’s chemistry becomes normal and the individual is fully cured and his normal life is restored.
Relevant Asanas for Diabetes
Since the main aim here is to restore the normal functioning of the pancreas and other relevant glands, the first consideration is to select asanas (postures) which can help to revive the normal functioning of the endocrinal system. Secondly, we should choose asanas which are easier to be practised by all. Accordingly, the asanas that we may recommend are:
(A) Ardha Matsyendr asana
(C) Matsyendr asana
(D) Uttanpad asana
(E) Manduk asana
(F) Vajar asana
(G) Bhujang asana
(H) Shalabha asana
(I) Shava asana
A regular practice of even six to seven of these asanas would be enough to cure diabetes over a period of time. But remember not to take high calorie food that raises blood sugar level immediately. Avoid all sweets, deep fried snacks and namkeens and cold and hot beverages with high sugar content.