INTRODUCTION: Diabetes (known as Madhumeha in Ayurveda) is spreading its wings like an epidemic. As per a WHO data, there were 171 million Diabetes patients in the world in the year 2000 and this figure is estimated to exceed 366 millions by 2030. In India alone, there were 37.1 million Diabetes patients in 2000 and this figure can exceed 80 million by 2030.
DIABETES & AYURVEDA: Diabetes is a metabolic disorder. According to Ayurveda, due to various causative factors, all the three doshas (Vata, Pitta & Kapha), specially Kapha dosha get vitiated to desecrate Meda & Sweda channels due to which the metabolic fire gets Phlegmatic & feeble. This results in impaired & emaciated performance of Pancreas because of which, the secretion of insulin also gets reduced & impaired and Sugar obtained from foods does not gets converted into essential Energy for the body. This sugar gets collected in blood & excreted through urine and this stage is known as Madhumeha or Diabetes in Ayurveda.
Since the Vedic civilization, Ayurvedic physicians knew about Madhumeha (Diabetes), as one of the other different types of Prameha. Madhumeha has been termed as Maharoga (mighty disease) as its effect reaches in almost all parts of the body and their functioning. Ayurveda not only describes it just as passing of sugar with urine but effect of Diabetes has been explained with complications of five sheaths (Food sheath, Energy sheath, Mind sheath, Intellectual sheath and Bliss sheath) of the body.
Besides the common symptoms of Diabetes in the beginning like Frequent urination, Dry mouth & Excessive thirst, Extreme hunger, Unusual weight loss, Increased fatigue, Irritability, Blurry vision, Cuts or sores that are slow to heal, Itchy skin, yeast infections, Increased thirst, Leg pain there may be a number of complications arising if Diabetes is ignored or handled carelessly. Such complications are Nephropathy (damage to the kidneys or kidney failure), Neuropathy (damage to the nerves like stroke & neuritis), Retinopathy (damage to retina, the light-sensitive membrane at the back of the eyes)& Cataract, Delayed or no healing of wounds, Diabetic Feet, Sexual problems & even Impotence. These complications can also have damaging effects on the mother as well as the child during Pregnancy.
Till date there is no permanent cure from Diabetes in any system of medicine. In Ayurveda also Diabetes has been termed as Asadhya (incurable), but lots of herbs & remedies have been described for its prevention & control. The use of Fenugreek is of prime reverence for the management & control of Glucose levels in Diabetes. Owing to the excellent properties of Fenugreek described in Ancient Ayurvedic texts, the modern scientists have also concluded that there are number of active principles in Fenugreek like Amino Acids, Antioxidants & Saponins present in Fenugreek seeds that help to control glucose & cholesterol levels in the body.
FENUGREEK: The awareness & craze about Fenugreek as a Natural home remedy for the management & control of Diabetes is although increasing amongst the people yet most patients have a false assumption that eating Fenugreek seeds or leaves as a vegetable will help them. Moreoever, because of lack of knowledge, consumers & even normal grocers are not aware that there are two species of Fenugreek, one is Trigonella corniculata (known as Methe in Hindi), is a cultivated variety and the seeds of which is upto 4 mm in size and is mainly used as a flavouring agent & taste builder in Foods & Pickles. The right species is Trigonella foenum-graecum (known as Methi in Hindi), is a wild variety (although now cultivated also at very few places) the seeds of which are of 1-2 mm size and its leaves are also used as a vegetable in Indian households. The seeds of Trigonella foenum-graecum are the ones that contain various active principles for use as a medicine in Ayurveda.
FENUGREEK IN DIABETES: Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) has been elaborated in Ayurveda as an esteemed medicine for Madhumeha (Diabetes) as well as for various other problems. According to Ayurveda, because of their Snigdha (unctuous) & ushnaveeryam (warm potency), Methi (Fenugreek) seeds are helpful in balancing vitiated Pitta & Kapha doshas and pacifying vitiated Vata dosha. Being metabolic fire stimulant, Vata suppressant & Appetite stimulant in nature, Fenugreek stimulates the pancreas to normalise insulin secretion and digestive system for an effective control of Glucose & Cholesterol levels in the body. Modern scientific studies reveal that adding Methi (Fenugreek) to the diet normalises fasting blood sugar and improves after meal glucose levels. The studies also reveal that there is significant reduction in total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels, without reducing HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
PENTAVOX FENUGREEK CAPSULES: By choosing the right Fenugreek (Methi seeds), the R&D wing of Pentavox Herbals, has developed Pentavox Fenugreek Capsules by using in-house developed ghansatva (bulk mass technology) & bhavna (maceration) processes based on Mardnam-Gun-Vardhnam (potentiation through deep chafe) theory of Ayurveda, to activate its Amino Acids, Antioxidants & Saponins so that it effectively helps in controlling blood sugar as well as cholesterol levels.
Pentavox Fenugreek Capsules can also be used as a Dietary Supplement for Good Health and as a preventive for disorders of Digestive System. Pentavox Fenugreek Capsules also help to handle various health problems due to modern Lifestyle, tackle excessive fat management by checking the effect of fats available in food products and to stimulate general metabolism.
COMPOSITION: Each Pentavox Fenugreek Capsule contains 500 mg of specially processed & activated Methi (Fenugreek) Seeds.
INDICATIONS & USES: Pentavox Fenugreek Capsule is an ideal Dietary Supplement & Ayurvedic remedy for the management of Type-II Diabetes and helps to naturally control increased Sugar levels. Also helpful:
1. as a support for Pancreas to tone up its functioning
2. for naturally controlling Cholesterol
3. to increase insulin secretion
4. as a support to Digestive System to tone up its functioning and prevent digestion
5. as an overall Health Support being an ideal Ayurvedic Supplement.
CONTRA-INDICATIONS: Being a Ayurvedic Herbal Supplement Pentavox Fenugreek Capsules is completely safe even on prolonged usage. However a physician should be consulted for its use during pregnancy & lactation.
SIDE EFECTS: Pentavox Fenugreek Capsules are extremely well tolerated and have shown no allergic or other untoward side effects when taken as per the recommended dosage.
DOSAGE: Standard dosage: 1 capsule 2-3 times daily with meals as a regular or maintenance dose. Consult your Physician, if you wish to increase its dose. We do suggest that if you are on other medications including insulin, start Pentavox Fenugreek Capsules and continue for a month along with it. After one month check your blood sugar levels and consult your physician to gradually reduce other medications/ insulin.
SUGGESTIVE DIETARY REGIME FOR DIABETES MANAGEMENT:
Ø Never over eat or attempt over eating. Eat only 75-80% of the extent of your hunger.
Ø Reduce fatty meals as much as possible and do not eat foods containing starch (Maida), white flour, white bread, pasta etc.
Ø Do not eat Potatoes, Rice, Urad dal or Kidney beans (Rajma).
Ø Stop drinking high calorie carbonated cold drinks and stop using sugar or sweets.
Ø The vegetables should include all green vegetables, Karela, Lauki, Spinach, Tinda, Ram Tori, Cabbage, Methi, Green Peas etc. and in salads use Tomatoes, Cucumber, Raddish, Carrots, Beet root, Spring Onions etc.
Ø Restrict fried foods & fat coated breads, as much as possible. It is good to eat Rotis made from Wholewheat & Besan mixed, Bajra, Makki but do add Ajowain in them to ease their digestion.
Ø Intake of even low fat milk or milk products, butter & ghee should be reduced.
Ø Restrict salt & sugar both from diet as salt retains water in the body and sugar increases fat production.
Ø Give up the habit of consuming alcohol, smoking Cigarette, chewing tobacco or using any addicting drugs.
Ø Do not eat Red meat at all. Habitual non-vegetarians may rarely or sometimes use boiled, roasted or tandoori chicken, tandoori or roasted fish, boiled eggs or omelette without yolk in reasonable quantity.
Ø Eat low sugar fruits. Eat Papaya & Jamun as maximum. Never chew Sugar Cane or drink Sugar Cane Juice.
Ø Walk daily for 30 minutes in the morning and in a day, develop habit of minimum 1 hour or more of movement activities.
PRESENTATION: Strips of 10 Capsules in a pack of 12 strips