PRAMEHA – Diabetes from an Ayurvedic Perspective

Did you know that every 5 minutes someone develops Diabetes in Australia, equating to the shocking number of 280 people per day, having an annual cost impact of $13.6 billion. The indigenous people are suffering the most as genetically they are four times more likely to develop Diabetes.

In Ayurveda there is a disease mentioned in the classical text called PRAMEHA this can be closely correlated to Diabetes.

Prachuram Varam Varam va mehati
Prameha is a disease where there is an increased quantity and frequency of urination day and night with a rapid urge.

There are many different classifications of Prameha for example, according to Nidana (causative factor), Dosha, sadhya/ asadhya (curable/ non curable).

Two other classification are:

1. Dhatukshayjanya Madhumeha (pure Vata). Ch. Ni 4
2. Avaranjanya Madhumeha (due to overnutrition/ lifestyle related). Ch. Su 17

The first type is correlated to Diabetes type 1 (insulin dependent, often genetically) and the second is diet/ lifestyle related (Diabetes type 2).
There is a very close link between Obesity and Diabetes type 2. In fact, 85% of Diabetes type 2 patients are obese and 30% of obese patients suffer from Diabetes.

Causative factors for Diabetes (Avarnjanya Madhumeha)

• Day sleeping, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle
• Too much oily and cold food
• Too much food
• Too much sugary food
• Alcohol


Furthermore, Charaka adds that the excess of newly harvested grains, jaggery preparations and other Kapha aggravating factors, may contribute to the development of Diabetes/ Prameha.

Conventional treatment for Diabetes
• Drug therapy with Sulfonylureas
• Insulin
• Some diet and exercise advise

What can Ayurveda do?

And this truly is amazing!  Ayurveda very much emphasises on prevention.
A beautiful quotation from the Samhita “swasthasya swasthya rakshanam aaturasya Vikara prashamanam” saying we need to promote the health of a healthy person …….

Disease prevention and health promotion is done with the knowledge of Swasthavritta. This is a gift to human mankind and can significantly reduce the number of lifestyle related diseases such as Diabetes.

Swasthavritta teaches us how to live our life, this is done with:

1. Dinacharya (daily routine)
2. Ritucharya (seasonal routine)
3. Ratricharya (night routine)
4. Sadvritta (good conduct)
5. Exercise, Yoga, Meditation
6. Pathya Ahara (good diet, organic, fresh, seasonal food)

To learn more about this I would highly recommend to seen an Ayurvedic physician and learn how to implement this in our daily life. It will certainly enhance your physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Alongside the concepts of Swasthavritta your Ayurvedic Doctor will plan a treatment programme for you. Which will include:

1. Improve Sattvic qualities of the mind
1. Nidana parivarjana/ eliminate all the causative factors
2. Shamana treatment/ pacifying treatment with diet, lifestyle and ayurvedic medicines
3. Shodhana/ Panchakarma treatment (such as Vamana and Virechana)
4. Rasayana/ Rejuvenation treatment

All of this steps are important for a successful treatment outcome. It is such a holistic and complete treatment programme and you will certainly benefit especially if you have just been diagnosed as Pre-Diabetic.

Ayurvedic medicines for Diabetes/ Prameha Shamana Aushadhi:
• Guduchi
• Nimba
• Haritaki
• Amalaki
• Shilajeet
• Guggulu

A wonderful formulation is Nisha Amalaki, this contains equal amount of Amla and Turmeric.
If you are suffering from Diabetes or have any other queries you are welcome to email us on or ph: 0406810547
We would love to hear from you.

PS: We do have an Ayurvedic nutritional counsellor as well as a Dietician in our team at Lakshmi Ayurveda


* 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘎𝘈. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.

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