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Treating diabetes the alternate way

Magnetic Therapy

Treatments that will compliment your medication and help you manage your diabetes better.

 

New and innovative methods of treatment are constantly being upgraded; a branch of medicine that has come to the fore these days is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). CAM is a low cost, non-drug form of medication and is often used with mainstream medical therapies.
Diabetes is rampant these days and CAM is becoming more popular among diabetics. Here are a few CAM methods that help cope with diabetes:

 

All natural diet
Sticking to a diabetic-friendly diet doesn’t mean eating exotic fruits and vegetables; it just means revisiting your meal plans and incorporating healthier options into them. Below is a list of eating tips on super foods that are good for diabetics.

 

  1. Include a lot of greens such as asparagus which is rich in glutathione, known to cure diabetes, and broccoli which is rich in Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Don’t forget the leafy greens such as spinach and kale.
  2. Eat papaya, apple and citrus fruits for the added benefit of lowering cholesterol levels along with high antioxidants and fibre power.
  3. Stick to probiotic or Greek low-fat yoghurt; probiotic bacteria lowers cholesterol and produces certain vitamins that eliminate diabetes.
  4. Include a handful of lightly dry roasted nuts in your daily diet. Chop up some almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts and walnuts and put them in your cereal or munch on some to power through the hunger pangs. Nuts lower glycemic index keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Nuts like almonds, pistachios, walnuts contain a lot of healthy substances such as omega 3 fatty acids, fibre, L-arginine, etc. Portion your nuts to avoid calories and stay away from chocolate covered,
  5. salted varieties.
  6. Include a lot of vegetable juices and herbal teas in your diet. Karela (bitter gourd) juice is known to effectively lower blood sugar levels.
  7. Also include whole grains such as brown rice and rolled oats in your diet. They are a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Oat porridge can be very good for your health. The fibres in oats won’t just keep your heart healthy, but also prevent spikes in blood sugar levels. For that additional boost to your oats add in some chopped fruits and nuts with a dash of cinnamon.
  8. Spices are the most natural and effective remedy for diabetes. Spices like cayenne pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and ginseng can work to increase circulation, regulate blood sugar levels and decrease blood pressure. Be generous with these spices in your cooking.

 

Magnetic Therapy


Magnetic therapy uses magnets to speed healing and reduce pain. It is believed that these magnets interact with the body’s magnetic field and cause atoms within the body tissue to shift, thus healing it. Many aspects of magnetic therapy are still being researched into, but it has shown significant changes in diabetic patients experiencing pain. Magnets are applied directly in three powers (high, medium, low) to the area where a patient experiences pain or on a trigger point to the pain which could be another part of the body. Magnetic belts, bands, magnetised water and magnetic beds are also used for treatment. Diabetic patients can wear magnetic insoles to deal with feet pain. These increase circulation and release endorphins which are natural pain killers. Though it isn’t a permanent cure, it helps deal with peripheral neuropathy.

 

Chromotherapy


Colour therapy or chromotherapy uses the colours present in sunlight to treat diabetes. The colour corresponding to the treatment of diabetes is yellow and is governed by the solar plexus. There are three ways colour therapy can be applied:

Chromoleum- The patient is exposed to sunlight through a chamber with coloured glasses, according to the colour required for different parts.

 

Coloured bottles – Thoroughly wash out a yellow bottle and fill it three-quarters with filtered water. Keep the bottle exposed to sunlight for three-four hours and drink the water twice a day till the condition is cured.

 

Coloured light – In a dark room, use a lamp which emits the recommended light for the body part and let the patient lie exposed to the light for 15 minutes daily. The treatment should continue till the condition is cured.

 

Massages


Getting regular massages can increase the functioning of abdominal organs in diabetic patients. Fluctuating blood glucose levels strain the body. Massage relaxes muscles, driving away stress. It decreases the production of stress hormones, proving beneficial to blood sugar levels. It improves circulation leading to better uptake of insulin by the body cells. It also promotes greater mobility as the massage reaches the connective tissues and muscles.

 

Alternate therapies do not interfere with the medicines that the patient is already taking; in fact these therapies complement them. However, it must be noted that one should undergo these therapies only under the strict supervision of a therapist.
 

By : Dr. Anjali Sharma

Diabeticliving
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