INTERVIEWEE - Dr. Tina Dias
Medical Director of Medicia Clinic FZ LLC
In this article, Dr. Tina Dias, medical director of Medicia Clinic FZ LLC at Dubai Healthcare City and certified doctor of CAM, explains how Ayurveda can treat people with diabetes.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Globalized and modernized, the practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of alternative medicine. In countries beyond India, Ayurveda therapies and practices have been integrated in general wellness applications and in some cases also in medical use. Yoga which is a combination of physical exercises, meditation and breathing techniques when combined with Ayurveda helps not only in curing many ailments but helps in prevention of diseases as well.
What is Diabetes as per Ayurveda?
Diabetes occurs due to pancreas either not producing enough insulin or the produced insulin is not getting effectively utilised by body. The hormone insulin is a blood sugar regulator. When there is rise in blood sugar, this condition is known as Hyperglycaemia resulting in uncontrolled diabetes. To sum up it is reduced insulin secretion, decreased glucose utilization and increased glucose production.
Described as Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 is characterised by insulin production deficiency with symptoms like excessive excretion of urine, excessive thirst, constant hunger, weight loss and fatique, whereas Type 2 Diabetes is due to body’s ineffective use of insulin, major group of diabetic people come under this type and seen in the adult stage of life because of factors like obesity, physical inactivity etc.
Diabetes is a major cause of kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, blindness and lower limb amputation and its chronicity and effect on life makes a person suffer and kind of die- by- bit is well termed ‘Diabetes’.
Ayurveda describes it as Prameha, further leading to Madhumeha.
Prameha meaning passing of urine profusely both in quantity and frequency along with turbidity. Madhumeha is a disease in which mutra or urine of the person is similar to Madhu or honey. Ayurveda says when prameha remains untreated it leads to a condition called Madhumeha or like an advanced stage of prameha. Madhumeha can be equated with diabetes mellitus because of many of the similarities in view of factors causing it, signs and symptoms, classification, complication and treatment.
Ayurveda’s central concept of health based on 3 doshas namely – Vata, Pitta, Kapha. The balance of this 3 bio-elements is a healthy condition of the body and mind. When there is an imbalance in these 3 bio-elements due to our diet or lifestyle, it leads to illness or diseased state of body and mind. So our body constitution is also determined by the dosha dominance, which causes symptoms of the disease as each dosha has its own characteristics when they are normal or abnormal.
The classification can also be done under 2 categories – Sahaj meaning hereditary and Apathyanimittaja meaning acquired.
Ayurveda also classifies based on obese and lean category of patients.
What are the causes of Diabetes as per Ayurveda?
Ayurveda describes unhealthy foods and inactivity of body as the primary cause along with excessive sleep and stress as causative factors. In addition to the other factors like heredity and over indulgence of sweets in pregnancy can lead to prameha.
How do you describe Diabetic Treatment as per Ayurveda ?
The clinical management of Diabetes is a triangular approach
1] Ahara - Diet
2] Vihara - Exercise and yoga
3] Aushadhi- Medicines in Ayurveda.
I always advise my patients and believe that eating the right kind of food at a right time in right quantity, taking into consideration your digestive fire and its capacity combined with other two aspects of diabetic management, that is exercise and medicines can help in the diabetes management very well.
Vihara or Exercise
Aushadhi or Medicines
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Diabetic patient must learn to choose options and alternatives.
For an appointment contact:
Dr. Tina Dias
Medicia Clinic FZ LLC,
Building No: 40,
Clinic No: 04, Ground Floor,
Dubai Healthcare City, UAE
Telephone: +971 4 564 6010
Mobile: +971 50 502 7927
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