Alternative Treatments for Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-02-01 11:45:29 -0600
Started 2013-02-01 11:44:19 -0600


Treatments for diabetes can include many elements. Conventional treatments in addition to complementary and alternative treatments are available.

A health treatment that is not classified as standard Western medical practice is referred to as complementary and alternative medicine. The category encompasses a variety of disciplines that include everything from diet and exercise to mental conditioning and lifestyle changes. Examples include acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatments, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage, and many others.

What Alternative Therapies Are Used to Treat Diabetes?


Chromium has been widely publicized as therapy to improve diabetes control. Although there are several studies that support a role for chromium as beneficial in diabetes, currently there are no recommendations for its use in diabetes management.

Magnesium has been studied for years as a form of therapy to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. A lack of magnesium has been associated with insulin secretion abnormalities and has been associated with diabetes complications.

Vanadium is derived from plant sources and has been shown in a few studies to increase a person's sensitivity to insulin. Thus far, no recommendations exist for supplementation to be given to people with diabetes.

Plant Foods

The following plant foods have been found to help people with type 2 diabetes.

Brewer's yeast
Broccoli and other related greens
Fenugreek seeds

Most plant foods are rich in fiber, which is beneficial for helping control blood sugar levels.

There are no clinical trials with promising results for many of the other herbs being proposed for diabetes, such as garlic, ginger, ginseng, hawthorn, or nettle. If you have diabetes and are considering taking any of these herbal substances, talk to your doctor first.

Alternative Weight Loss Products for Diabetes

Since weight and diabetes are linked, many people with diabetes turn to alternative therapies that claim to help with weight loss, including:

Camsogia Garcinia (hydroxycitric acid)
Momordica charanta
Sauropus androgynus
Aristolochic acid

In addition, trans-dermal (skin patch) systems as well as oral sprays have been developed to purportedly reduce appetite and facilitate weight loss. One patch system uses homeopathic amounts of 29 different compounds to reduce appetite, but no published literature on its efficacy is available.

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GabbyPA 2013-02-01 11:45:29 -0600 Report

I was excited to find an article that was not by a controversial doctor or practitioner. Maybe our alternative methods are becoming more main stream, finally!

Something that is on page 2 (you have to read it all) is that we should avoid herb combination pills. Meaning that if we choose to do an herb, we need to get them as individuals, not group "mend all" combinations. In the past I have bought the "glucose helping" combinations. So maybe that is where my failing was?