Herbal treatment for Diabetes Type 2

By kevink2009 Latest Reply 2009-06-03 17:17:24 -0500
Started 2009-05-17 11:26:38 -0500

Has any one have an opinion of Himalaya bitter melon capsules for reducing blood sugar levels.
My body can not adjust well to the side effects of Metformin or Januvia, I have taken in past.
Taking these herbal capsules offer no side effects for me.

9 replies

Meemaw9 2009-06-03 17:17:24 -0500 Report

I just finished reading about type 2 diabetes on another web sight, ( I read everything I can find) and basically it tells me that in order to lower blood sugars a person needs a good multivitamen and a nutrient called Chroniam( please excuse the spelling)) I am going to research this a bit further and will come back with my answer, but for now I am going to buy the best vitamins I can find and look at ingredients for B-12, ,Cand E and the chromium.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-06-02 13:28:34 -0500 Report

So I was raised by a mom who is a firm believer in herbal supplements. My wife was raised by a doctor. I have seen both ends of the spectrum on this one.

Here's my take (from experience and from lots of reading). The biggest drawback to using herbal treatments is simply consistency. Sometimes they make a tremendous difference, sometimes no difference at all. With all the other variables in diabetes, this variation in effectiveness can really bring on frustration.

I would never want to discourage someone from trying a natural remedy. But be aware that you may get results with a large amount of variation.

Lynn T.
Lynn T. 2009-06-02 13:39:58 -0500 Report

My sister had a difficult case of Type II and was given prednisone due to an allergic response to a bee sting. After this she could not get her blood sugar under control for a year. It was suggested that she try Chromium Picolonate. It worked!
Now, I have Type II diabetes. I'd been taking Chromium Picolonate for years due to her good response. March 31 I had surgery and stopped all supplements about two weeks prior. I had not re-started my supplements when my blood sugar became very hard to control.
I am re-starting the Chromium Picolonate and hope for better results, again.
I will keep you updated on this!
Lynn T.

kevink2009 2009-06-02 12:05:21 -0500 Report

My update on trying Bitter Melon vegetarian capsules.
Unfortunately this Herbal treatment for my Diabetes Type 2, did not work for me.
I went back on Januvia for now, but still do not like the side effects I get with it.
I may try the Nutrisystem for diabetics to lose weight & reduce my blood sugar levels.

GabbyPA 2009-06-02 13:05:08 -0500 Report

It does take some time to see the value of supplements as well as meds. Sometimes the side effects will calm down, but if they don't talk to your doctor...OR even your pharmacist. Sometimes doctors don't know other alternatives. I use a combination of herbal and pharmacy items. I have my pharmacist check my interactions as well as using www.Drugs.com. I think I finally have found the right mix. I am going to give it a few more weeks and then I will know better.

menstar1 2009-05-18 11:24:13 -0500 Report

i don't know about the capules but my husband talked me into trying the Trucker's Choice Nurtionals "hammer down" because of the side effects to my meds. after 2 monthes of this my doctor took me of meds and told me to control it by diet and exerises with the help of the hammer down, i have been off meds for almost 5 years now.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-05-17 11:37:09 -0500 Report

Should be used only after discussing with your doctor. He/she should be guiding your treatment. I personally have no knowledge of this particular item. Regardless of what someone else has experienced, however, you don't need to start on something not appproved by your doctor. There are other discussions on this topic on the site, and an article recently placed on here discusses using herbal treatments.