Diabetes has become a worldwide health problem. The disease is created when production of insulin by the pancreas is slowed or stopped, and the ability of the body to produce the hormone is inhibited. There are three types of diabetes. Type 1, also known as juvenile diabetes, happens when the immune system malfunctions and attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Type 2, also called adult-onset diabetes, is lifestyle related. It happens when the body cannot use insulin properly, or does not produce sufficient amounts. The third type is gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy, typically during the second trimester.
The most commonly seen symptoms of diabetes are:
Frequent urination, especially at night
Itching around the penis or vagina
Cuts and wounds that heal slowly
Unexplained loss of weight
The long term effects of diabetes can be devastating. They range from impaired vision or blindness to heart disease, kidney failure, erectile dysfunction in men, and nerve damage.
There are herbal approaches to treating diabetes. One Chinese medicine remedy that is widely-used is mango leaves. Mango leaves contain phenolic constituents, including caffeic acid, polyphenols such as mangiferin and gallic acid, and flavonoids.
It is easy to use mango leaves. Simply add ten to fifteen tender leaves to a container of water, and boil. Then leave the to soak overnight. In the morning, strain the mixture and drink the water on an empty stomach, every day for two to three months.
You can also dry the leaves in a dark corner, then grind them. Take half a teaspoon of the resulting powder twice a day.
Mango leaves are also powerful antioxidants, high in vitamin C, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients. They are also used to combat asthma, colds, fever, insomnia, diarrhea, varicose veins and bronchitis. The leaves also support vascular health and lower blood pressure.
Mango leaves can be purchased in some Chinese groceries, and on the internet.