Top remedies to treat diabetes

Here are a few time tested natural remedies to treat diabetes.

Insulin leaves to treat diabetes

Insulin plant which goes by the scientific name Costus igneus is a medicinal plant which has been known to possess properties that resemble insulin.

insulin leaf raita for diabetesA study published in the International Journal of Ayurveda Research came up with the following conclusion “The leaves of insulin plant (Costus igeus) reduced the fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels, bringing them down towards normal, in dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia in rats. Reduction in the fasting and the postprandial blood sugar levels with leaves of insulin plant was comparable with that obtained with Glibenclamide 500 µg/kg at 250 mg/kg/day and 500 mg/kg/day of powdered leaves of the insulin plant (Costus igeus).” (Shetty, et al. 2010)

The leaves of insulin plant are being prescribed by Ayurveda practitioners to naturally bring down blood glucose levels. These Insulin leaves are mildly sour and can be used in a variety of recipes.


Our team from Bowl of Herbs tried two different recipes with insulin leaves. The intention is to use them in their raw form to retain their nutritional and healing properties.

  1. Recipe 1 – Insulin fenugreek salad
  2. Recipe 2 – Insulin raita


You can consume insulin leaves (2-3 leaves) daily with no side effects.
insulin leaf for diabetes

Bittergourd (or Bitter melon) juice

Bittergourd contains a compound called Charantin. This lead compound plays a vital role in reducing blood glucose levels. In addition bitter gourd also contains two other compounds – vicine and polypeptide – p. The latter has an effect similar to that of insulin and can thus help in regulating blood sugar levels. Multiple studies have been conducted over the years that prove the positive effect of bitter gourd in treating diabetes. One such study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease showed that M. charantia, the compound present in bittergourd is a natural supplement for the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. (Joseph and D 2013)


Here is a recipe on how to make bitter gourd juice at home.


The ideal way would be to consume 50 – 80 ml of bitter gourd juice every alternate morning on an empty stomach. However, you may have to assess your sugar levels and take the right amount. The above mentioned dosage is the maximum one can consume.

Bittergourd juice treat diabetes

Okra treatment

Okra, the delicious pod vegetable not only helps in improving memory, but it also has various other nutrients. It is rich in Vitamin C, A, Magnesium and Potassium. Okra is also low in calories. This vegetable can reduce levels of cholesterol, improve heart health, improve digestion, boost skin health and improve immunity. Okra contains a compound called myricetin which reduce blood sugar levels.


Although you can cook okra the traditional way with oil and eat it, in order to use okra to treat diabetes, follow this recipe.


Consume the okra everyday morning on an empty stomach.

okra treat diabetes

Tanner’s Cassia (Aavarampoo) flowers

Avaram Senna or Tanner’s Cassia (Known as Avarampoo in Tamil) is a flower that is widely used for its medicinal properties. The bright yellow flower is filled with anti-oxidants and can regulate insulin levels. The fresh flower or the dried herb can be used to treat diabetes.


This recipe uses dried Tanner’s Cassia flowers to make a herbal drink which can diabetes.


You can drink 100 – 150 ml of this herbal preparation everyday.

Tanner's cassia to cure diabetes

Periwinkle tea

Periwinkle, the wild flower which blooms in different colours can be used for its health benefits. It finds its use in Ayurveda for centuries to cure various health problems.  Periwinkle tea is extremely effective to regulate blood sugar levels. The tea is very bitter and is not suitable for those with mild cases of diabetes. You can also use the leaf of the Periwinkle plant to treat diabetes, but this recipe uses the flower as a cure.


Follow this recipe as explained. Do not use too many flowers as it could cause nausea.


Always consult with a Siddha practitioner before you follow this remedy.

Periwinkle tea cure diabetes

Black jamun remedy                                    

Black jamun is a nutritious fruit which offers health benefits such as treating diarrhea, reducing spleen enlargement, relieving stomach ache and is also rich in anti-oxidants. It contains substantial amounts of iron, phosphorous, magnesium, Vitamin C and Niacin. You can use both the fruit and the seed to fight diabetes. Consuming one jamun fruit a day can help women diagnosed with Gestational diabetes to regulate insulin levels.


You can consume a tea made using black jamun daily to fight diabetes. You can also consume 1 teaspoon of jamun seed powder daily.


Consume one cup of the tea every day.

Black jamun cure diabetes

Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

Amla or Indian gooseberry contains good amounts of Vitamin C and B. A drink made with Amla and turmeric can help to keep diabetes under control.


Read here on how to use Amla to cure diabetes.


Consume 100 ml of the amla drink daily. This remedy might not be suitable for those with a sinus condition as Amla might cause common cold. For this reason, I would also not advise pregnant women to follow this remedy.

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Joseph, Baby, and Jini D. 2013. “Antidiabetic effects of Momordica charantia (bitter melon) and its medicinal potency.” Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease.

Shetty, Akhila J, Divya Choudhary, Rajeesh, Shashidhar Kotian, and Maria Kuruvilla. 2010. “Effect of the insulin plant (Costus igneus) leaves on dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia.” International Journal of Ayurveda Research.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.