S. R. Suja*, N. M. Krishnakumar and R. Prakashkumar


Diabetes mellitus is one of the most important non-communicable, life-style, endocrine disorders of metabolic origin, which develop due to a reduced production of insulin or resistance to its effects leading to hyperglycaemia. According to International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the number of diabetic patients is expected to rise from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030. The Indian traditional systems of medicine include Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. The use of integrated approach with the traditional medicine and modern medicine should be considered to address the multiple challenges posed by diabetes. The integrative medicine approach that combines conventional and alternative therapies with an emphasis on natural, less invasive, evidence-based option is well suited for the management of diabetes. The integrative strategy involves self-management and life-style changes and it is a new term that emphasizes the combination of both conventional and alternative approaches to address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness. When considering alternative, integrating therapeutic approaches to diabetes, all the patients must recognize the importance of careful monitoring of blood glucose levels and potential side effects, as well as frequent communication with medical care team. In the present study, the integrative approach for the management of diabetes is discussed.

Keywords: Diabetes, Ayurveda, Alternative medicine, Integrative therapy.

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