The greatest difference, of course, would be whether it is Type 1, or Type 2, the nature of the onset and precipitating factors. I would not self-medicate with any herbs for this condition without seeking out a well qualified and competent practitioner. More inputThese are some of the more effective herbs: source AgelessHerbs.com
Atractylodes is an important Qi tonic famous for regulating the digestive functions. It is a powerful energy booster and is widely used in China by athletes, in weight control programs, and for diabetes. It has a mild diuretic action and drains dampness.
Oplopanax horridus-Devil’s Club Root Bark
An exceptional Native American herb that restores pancreatic function and has been known to cure type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood sugar levels in the treatment of diabetes. It also has a tonic effect on the blood and liver.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum-jiao gu lan
Gynostemma is used to slow down aging and to prevent feebleness and senility; to reduce fatigue, to increase vigor; to improve digestion; to strengthen the mind; and to improve sex functions. It generally reinforces overall health and is viewed as a virtual “cure-all” in Asia. Ongoing use of Gynostemma has a protective quality strengthening the adaptive capacity of the person at every level of their life. Gynostemma is useful in a number of mental conditions, including simple depression and anxiety. It has developed an enormous reputation in Asia as a major aid in weight control programs. It also moderates blood sugar and reduces blood fat.
Astragalus is potent immune system and has been used for over 2000 years to strengthen the body as a whole. As a Spleen Qi tonic, Astragalus strengthens muscle, builds blood and improves all bodily functions.
Poria cocos-fu ling
Poria is a fungus that grows on the roots of pine trees widely used in Chinese herbalism to leach out dampness, drain phlegm, and move fluid stagnation. It is traditionally used as a Qi tonic to strengthen Spleen function and is highly nourishing. Poria has important immune enhancing ability.
Momordica charantia-ku gua-Bitter Melon
At least three different groups of constituents in bitter melon have been reported to have hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) or other actions of potential benefit in diabetes mellitus.
Rehmannia glutinosa-shu di Huang
A Kidney tonic and longevity herb and is found in “anti-aging” formulations for longevity, and rejuvenation. It is a first-class blood tonic and benefits sexual functions in men and women. It is the main ingredient in the best selling diabetes formula in Japan.
Eleutherococcus senticosus- Wu jia pi
Eleuthro is a famous adaptogenic tonic herb used for thousands of years in China to enhance immune function, protect the body from stresses and build vital energy. It increases physical and mental endurance, builds blood and to improves memory. It aids in the recovery of over exertion of the body or mind. It is widely used to regulate blood sugar levels.
Cochlearia armoracia-Horseradish Root
Warms the middle, supports Spleen Yang, and resolves mucous damp in the digestive tract.
Trigonella foenum-hu lu ba-Fenugreek Seed
Warms the Kidney energy and enhances sexual function. Traditionally used for diabetes and high cholesterol.
Inula helenium-Elecampane root
A distinguished Native American energy tonic that affects the Spleen, Lungs and Heart. Useful for any deficiency of the respiratory system. Clears damp conditions of the lung and digestive tract. It has traditionally used to strengthen the immune function.
Salvia miltiorrhiza-dan shen-Red Sage Root
Salvia is a famed longevity herb. Studies show a prolonged hypoglycemic effect making Red Salvia an important herb for diabetes.
Alisma plantago-aquatica-ze xie-Water Plantain Root
Alisma is helps strengthen water metabolism and rids the body of excess dampness through the urinary tract. It is safe with mild tonic qualities, especially affecting the Kidney/Bladder, and the Spleen/Stomach. It is often used for obesity, especially for people who carry a lot of water weight. It is also commonly used by people who have difficulty urinating and by diabetics. More input Cure Diabetes With Yu Xiao San 8805This Chinese medicine is designed to bring back the health and normal functions of the pancreas. The formula will also enhance the production of the insulin-producing cells of the body. Taking the therapy on a regular basis will effectively lower one’s blood sugar levels while increasing the secretion of insulin for better management of the disease. It also regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, improves the circulation of the blood, and lowers blood cholesterol. The Yu Xiao San 8805 formula contains herbs like Radix Ginseng, and Clemetidis Chinensis, among others. Chinese Herb Berberine For DiabetesBerberine appears in the list of Chinese herbs that can be used for diabetes. It can be obtained from the bark and roots of Chinese medicinal plants. If the plant can be used to heal wounds, chances are, it has high berberine content. For diabetic patients, berberine works by activating a body enzyme that increases the sensitivity of the body tissues to insulin. The effect is lowered blood sugar level. Recent medical research had proven the potency of this substance to diabetic patients. Treat Diabetes With Astragalus MembranaceusAstragalus membranaceus has been used by countless of generations in treating diabetes, as far as Chinese heritage is concerned. This medicine could reduce the blood sugar level of the body, while improving kidney functions and ensuring the health of the nerves. When put to a test, this medicine had faired a high score of 97% effectiveness against type II diabetes.
Dietetic Chinese Drugs
Oyster shell (Concha Ostreae) This recipe is also named “rijia Decoction.” Grind 60g of it into fine powder, then add 600 ml of water, cook it until 200 ml is left. Take it warm.
Chinese yam (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) This recipe is also named Single Ingredient Chinese Yam Drink. Make a decoction of 1500ml with 120g of Chinese yam. Sip it warm as a drink at short intervals.
Mulberry (Fructus Mori) Press the fresh fruit of mulberry to get the juice. Take 15 ml at a time.
Sarcocarp of dogwood fruit (Fructus Corni) Make a concentrated decoction with 30g of sarcocarp of dogwood fruit and take it as a drink.
The above-mentioned drugs are applicable to the type of deficiency and exhaustion of vital essence due to unconsolidation of the lower-jiao. They can be used either alone or in combination.
Snow pear (Pyrus nivalis) Cut one sweet and juicy snow pear into thin slices and soak it in cool water freshly drawn from the well for half a day; drink it frequently.
Flesh of clam Get the flesh from live clams and mash it; boil it in water until it is done. Take it warm, several times a day.
The afore-listed two recipes are applicable to the type of dryness of the lung and impairment ofyin fluid.
Corn stigma (Stigma Maydis) Put 30g of corn stigma in 1500 ml of water to decoct it until 700 ml is left. Take half of it at a time, twice a day. This recipe is especially applicable to patients suffering from diabetes and hypertension concurrently.
Wheat bran (Exocarpium Fructi Tritici) Make gruel with wheat bran as food. It is applicable to diabetics with obvious symptoms of vexation.
Composite Recipes of Medicated Diet
Gruel of Reed Rhizome (Shenglugen Zhou)
fresh reed rhizome, Rhizoma Phragmitis Recens 30g
polished round-grained rice, Semen Oryzae Sativae 50g
PROCESS Decoct 30g of fresh reed rhizome in 1500ml of water to get 1000 ml of extract, and then add 50g of polished round-grained rice to make gruel for eating.
Gruel of Sea Cucumber (Haishen Zhou)
sea cucumber, Stichopus Faponicus 20g
polished round-grained rice, Semen Oryzae Sativae 50g
PROCESS Make gruel with 20g of sea cucumber and 50g of polished round-grained rice.
Drink of Five Juices (Wu Zhi rin Fang)
pear juice, Malum Piri
water chestnut juice, Bulbus Heleocharis Tuberosae
juice of fresh reed rhizome, Rhizoma Phragmitis Recens
juice of lilyturf root, Radix Ophiopogonis
lotus root juice, Rhizoma Nelumbinis
PROCESS Mix thoroughly the five kinds of juices, of pear, water chestnut, fresh reed rhizome, lilyturf root and lotus root.
DIRECTIONS Take it cool. The amount of each juice is decided spontaneously.