Yoga and Diabetes

8 Nov

Doctors often call Diabetes as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the patient has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because inadequate insulin production, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 2.9 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 850,000 people who have the condition but don’t know it.

The disease is almost always accompanied by the following symptoms:
• Increased urine volume (polyuria)
• Excessive thirst.
• In some cases, weight loss and loss of appetite.

Let’s find the causes of Diabetes.

Diabetes occurs, in a large part of the cases, due to a malfunction of the pancreas body to produce insulin, the hormone which regulates glucose concentration in blood. When the amount is insufficient insulin, sugar can not enter cells and remains in the bloodstream increasing its concentration. This alteration gives rise to the most severe forms of diabetes and juvenile diabetes from healing. In these cases it is essential to apply exogenous insulin, which compensates for the deficiency in the body.

In the simplest case of diabetes is fat.  A diet too rich in carbohydrates produces fat and remarkably increases body weight.

In diabetes insipidus, the disease has nothing to do with the functioning of the pancreas. It is due to insufficient production of antidiuretic hormone from the pituitary gland may lead to dehydration of the patient.

In the case of renal diabetes, the cause is a malfunction of the kidneys.


In pre-diabetes stage low-calorie diet supplemented with daily practice of Yoga will lead to healing. In the most severe cases of diabetes, adequate and strict regimes, medication prescribed by the doctor and the practice of Yoga will help stabilize the systems as pituitary gland, thyroid, hypothalamus (as there is a system-wide inter- endocrine). The resulting stimulation of the pancreas generate more insulin production, which can in some cases make to reduce the amount of insulin you need to inject.

On the other hand, if we remember that all disease is caused by an imbalance (even though diabetes can not forget the influence of heredity), the role of Yoga in psychophysical rebalancing may be leading to the subsequent improvement of the patient.

Application of Yoga in the treatment of diabetes began more than forty years in various centers of Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy in India, in particular, at the prestigious Yoga Therapy and Research Center in Jaipur. From 1961 to 1984, the Center received 641 diabetics who underwent treatment for an average duration of between 60 to 90 days. Treatment consisted of: Practice daily two hours of Yoga Chikitsa – Food strict and guarded – Elimination of all medication.

Of these patients:
• 158 discontinued treatment
• 309 were completely cured
• 170 did not show large variations.

The Yoga-Therapy consists of:
• Cleaning or Kriyas not usually used in the West
• asanas or postures
• Breathing exercises
• Relaxation and visualizations
• Techniques such as color therapy and phytotherapy.

Some Yoga Poses to fight diabetes:

  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Big Toe Pose
  • Virasana
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • Sage Pose A.
  • Sage Pose C.
  • Matsyendrasana
  • Savasana

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