Saturday, 14 December 2013

Pregnancy - Gestational Diabetes - Treatments in Herbal Medicine Perspective

Gestational Diabetes is defined as a condition of high blood glucose of a pregnant women who is experience such diseases or symptoms only during pregnancy as a result of hormonal change, but return to normal blood sugar after giving birth. Gestational diabetes is considered as an indication of type II diabetes. It affects approximately 3% of pregnant women.
B. Herbal medicine
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1. Astragalus
Research suggests that the herb astragalus may help to prevent and treat gestational diabetes. In a study of "Clinical evaluation of the antioxidant activity of astragalus in women with gestational diabetes", (Article in Chinese) by Liang HY, Hou F, Ding YL, Zhang WN, Huang XH, Zhang BY, Liu Y., researchers found that astragalus can effectively control blood glucose, reduce the free radicals, and promote the antioxidative activity, and may play a role in the prevention and treatment of gestational diabetes.

2. Cinnamon
According to the study of Cinnamon, Glucose Tolerance and Diabetes Nutrient Requirements and Functions Laboratory (NRFL) of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) , researchers indicated that the results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

3. Garlic (Allium Sativum)
Garlic have been used by herbalists over thousand of years in treating diabetes. In a study of "Antidiabetic effects of S-allyl cysteine sulphoxide isolated from garlic Allium sativum Linn." by
Sheela CG, Augusti KT., researchers found that Garlic (Allium Sativum) increased significantly liver and intestinal HMG CoA reductase activity and liver hexokinase activity.

4. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba has also been used in the traditional Chinese medicine practice for the treatment of diabetes. In a study of Ginkgo Biloba Extract and the Insulin Resistance Syndrome,
by Principal Investigator: G B Kudolo, Affiliation: University of Texas Health Science Center
Country: USA, researcher found that (The results of this study) when taken together should provide very important information on balancing the risk of accelerating pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction, with its beneficial effects on delaying the onset of cognitive function. The results of this study should also provide valuable information for designing new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of diseases in the insulin resistance syndrome.

5. Fenugreek and other herbs
In a study of "Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.", byNahas R, Moher M., researchers concluded that Chromium, and possibly gymnema, appears to improve glycemic control. Fibre, green tea, and fenugreek have other benefits but there is little evidence that they substantially improve glycemic control. Further research on bitter melon and cinnamon is warranted. There is no complementary and alternative medicine research addressing microvascular or macrovascular clinical outcomes.

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