Diabetes is not just a serious but costly disease as well, and is becoming increasingly common, especially in most of the developing countries and disadvantaged minorities. However, there are several ways out to deal with this health condition.
Natural products have long been used in traditional systems of medicine for diabetes. A number of them have gained universal appeal due to their safety and efficacy profile that have been evaluated using modern scientific techniques. In fact the WHO believes that 80% of the remedies for all conditions known are in natural products due to their safety profiles and holistic approach to prevent and manage several health conditions, including diabetes. Based on the available scientific evidence, several natural products in common use can lower blood glucose in diabetic patients, as often they have a long history of traditional use.
In Ayurveda, more than 400 traditional plants have been reported to be useful in maintaining healthy blood glucose level in diabetes. However, very few have been evaluated scientifically for their effectiveness.
P. marsupium, commonly known as Indian Kino, Vijaysar, Beejaka, Asana, is one such tree belonging to the Leguminaceae family that has a long history of use in India in managing various health conditions, including supporting optimal blood glucose levels in diabetes.
P. marsupium contains several naturally occurring C-glycosides, which may be responsible for blood sugar management potential.