There are thousands of herbs in India. Ayurveda has been using these herbs for centuries to treat various ailments. India has the highest number of diabetic patients these days. And it is believed that these herbs can be useful in the treatment of diabetes. These days, insulin medicinal plant (Costus Igneus) is considered for diabetes. Is it really useful in the treatment of plant insulin for the treatment of diabetes? Let’s check.
We spoke to Ayurveda expert Dr. Neetu Bhatt about what is insulin plant and how effective it is in diabetes. But before that, do you know what the research says about this plant?
What the research says about the insulin pump
According to PubMed Central, a group of Akhila J Shetty, Divya Choudhary and Shashidhar Kothian in Karnataka conducted research on the leaves of the insulin plant. Four different groups of Wister rats were given 10 mg of leaf powder daily to increase blood glucose levels. This streak lasted for 20 days.
When blood sugar was measured on day 21 after fasting and after glucose, blood sugar levels in the rats were under control. Later, its leaves were also used in humans. In more than 15 clinical studies, the leaves of the insulin plant have been proven to be able to control blood sugar.
Learn how plant insulin controls blood sugar
The scientific name of the insulin plant is Costus Igneus. Corsalic acid is abundant in this plant. When ingested, corsalic acid promotes the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. This causes the sugar to be converted into glycogen.
It contains a lot of water. Due to its water-soluble content, it reduces the absorption of glucose from the blood. In this way, this plant is effective in managing sugar levels. It also balances cholesterol levels. It is also effective in cough, cold, asthma, urinary tract infection.
This medicinal plant contains proteins, saponins, tannins, steroids. It also contains phytochemicals such as terpenoids, flavonoids, alkaloids, antioxidants, ascorbic acid, iron, B-carotene nutrients.
My mother grows this plant at home
This plant of the Costaceae family is found in most states of India. It grows year round in moist soil and warm mild climate. My mother grew it in a pot on the balcony. It can be found in any garden. Also, the plant and its seeds can be easily ordered from the website. It is in high demand due to its anti-diabetic properties.
Know how to use it for diabetes
It can be consumed in different ways. It controls blood sugar in this form.
1 dry leaves
Dry the leaves of the insulin plant in the shade.
Grind it and make a powder.
2 boiled leaves
Boil some leaves on low heat for ten minutes.
Filter the water and drink it twice a day.
3 chew the leaves
Chew 1 leaf and drink water every day. This keeps blood sugar under control.
Therefore, before use, be sure to consult a doctor. If you are taking allopathic medicines to control sugar then this leaf can be taken along with it.
If you chew or consume more than the prescribed amount of leaves, then some other disorders can also occur in the body.