Unani and Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the commonest lifestyle related disorders affecting the human race. According to research, person involved in mental work are mostly prone to diabetes. As Urinary system is regulated by Central Nervous System and Cardio-Vascular System. That is why, People doing more mental work are mostly affected.
“Diabetes” is derived from the Greek word “Diabanmo” means “passing through”. In Unani terminology we use “ Ziabetus” for diabetes (Generally). Unani Philospher considered Ziabetus(Diabetes) as a disease of kidney.
Classification of Ziabetus(Diabetes)
- According to the presence or absence of sugar in the urine, Ziabetus is of two types:
- Ziabetus Sada (diabetes insipidus). It is characterized by excessive thirst and excessive urination, but there is no sugar in the urine.
- Ziabetus Shakari (diabetes mellitus). It is characterized by excessive thirst and urination and the presence of sugar in the urine.
- According to the khiffat and shiddat ( Sign-Symptoms ) Ziabetus is also of two types
- Ziabetus Haar in which acute symptoms of the Ziabetus occurs, such as excessive thirst (polydipsia/ Atash-e-Mufrit)) and increase urination (polyuria/ Kasrat –e-Baul),
- Ziabetus Barid in which the intensity of thirst and frequency of urine are comparatively less.
Treatment and control of Ziabetus(Diabetes)
Unani system of medicine has promising concept explaining all the aspects of Ziabetus(Diabetes) and offer a wide range of drugs to tackle this disease. The Unani concept of medicine is a ray of hope for the Ziabetus(Diabetes) Patient. In Ziabetus, the vessels and vascular organs are mostly affected. Hence,Unani line of treatment of correcting organs may be effective. Correction of temperament( Sue-Mijaz) could be preventive in progressing the disease further.
Unani medication along with some dietary management can retain the normal level of glucose. Unani treatment can regulate the normal functioning of pancreas cells, which is not possible in modern treatment. Unani treatment is free from any sort of side effects.
Unani advises a balanced diet consist of fibers rich products and raw vegetables which can control diabetes and prevent its further complications.
As per Unani, Some of the Drugs recommended for Ziabetus:
- Karela Bark or Bitter Gourd: This plays an important role in the management and prevention of diabetes.
- Jamun: Jamun seeds control the level of sugar in urine and ease the Diabetic symptoms. This is the main quality of Jamun seeds.
- Fenugreek (Methi): This lowers the blood sugar level & good source of fibers.
- Neem (Azadirachta indica): Neem is mainly used in purifying of blood. It control the level of sugar in blood.
- Binola Seeds or Cotton seeds, Falsa Berry,Magze tukhme, Bail Leaves, Kalonji, Gurmar booti,Tabasheer etc: Regulates the blood sugar due to the presence of natural antioxidants.
- Unani Medicine (Murakab): Qurs Zayabetus, Jawarish Jalinoos, Jawarish Zarooni, Kushta Zamarrud – Are some important medicine for diabetes.
Prevention is better than cure. So we should follow balanced diet plan and healthy lifestyle to keep our body away from diseases.