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Monday, November 30, 2009

Yoga for Diabetes

Diabetes is known as a common killer all over the world. On an average, around 18 million Americans suffer from it. Diabetes is a medical condition in which insulin is not produced or used within our body, and that is responsible for transformation of sugar, starches and other food items into energy.

Diabetes is basically divided into two types: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when insulin is not produced in the body and even yoga cannot treat it. Here insulin doses need to be inserted in the patient’s body externally as insulin shots or insulin pumps. On the other hand, Diabetes 2, the main reason of which is inadequate life style or stress-related ailments, has a treatment in yoga better than medications. Irrespective of the age and sex, this form of diabetes can be developed in anyone’s body. Although lifestyle changes need to be administered, additionally, yoga makes our body more energetic and life style more balanced to keep the diabetic symptoms under control. Yoga asanas help to combat negative effects of stress-related ailments.

Yoga experts recommend sun salutation, the most effective exercise for diabetic patients. It helps to stimulate blood supply to various parts of the body and thereby increasing the absorption of insulin in the body. This exercise works as a miracle and gives immediate benefits if four rounds are done within a minute. If done at a slow pace, it gives the benefits of asanas.

Along with sun salutation, few asanas are also prescribed for curing diabetes completely. The body gets relaxed due to Asanas. Due to the various twisting and stretching experienced during the asanas, the internal organs of the body are stretched and subjected to strain. As a result the flow of blood increases and oxygen intake of the organs gets stimulated, thereby increasing effectiveness of all body systems. The various asanas which prove beneficial for a diabetes patient are Dhanurasana, Ardhamatsyendrasana, Vajrasana Yoga Mudra, Pavan Muktasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana and Matsyasana.

The pranayamas are also effective in curing diabetes. Pranayamas relaxes the mind, brain and nervous system simultaneously, thereby decreasing stress levels and thus helps in the treatment of diabetes. Pranayamas also help to improve the oxygen intake of the body and reduces carbon dioxide levels in the blood. However, an important thing which needs to be kept in mind is that pranayamas should be practiced under the expert guidance of a Yoga Guru.

When we talk about stress management, the discussion is incomplete without talking about meditation. It is recommended to practice meditation for diabetic treatment as it helps in stress reduction. Meditation not only creates a calming effect on the nervous system, but also synchronizes the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Concentration on pancreas during the meditation significantly reduces the sugar levels, and that is indispensable for diabetes treatment.

Besides all recommended yoga exercises, one can also do yoga nidra and the cleansing processes like shanka prakshalana.


1 comment:

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