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How To Use Ginseng For Diabetes

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How Ginseng Works - Diabetes

Ginseng has been commonly used in Oriental medicine to treat diabetes-like conditions, and the earliest recorded reference for this purpose is in the Compendium of Materia Medica (Ben Cao Gang Mu) by Dr Li in Ming Dynasty China (1368-1644). This is the most complete and comprehensive pre-modern herbal textbook. It is also recommended and used in North America for this purpose. There is a large body of scientific evidence on the beneficial effect of American ginseng for use in the management of diabetes and enhanced energy metabolism in the body in non-diabetic people. Much of this is from randomized placebo-controlled trials in people. There are numerous published scientific studies on American ginseng's mode of action in normalizing blood glucose. Although not fully understood, it appears to act in two ways. Firstly by improving sensitivity to insulin due to a sulfonylurea-like activity. This helps move glucose from the blood stream into the cells of the body where it is needed. Secondly, American ginseng has been found to increase the production of insulin by pancreatic B cells, and also reduce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in these cells. Research in the USA demonstrates tha Continue reading >>

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  1. whm1974

    OK last night at Wal-mart I brought two gallons of Arizona diet green tea with ginseng. After drinking a glass or two of it, I then notice on the back of the jug "CONTAINS A SMALL AMOUNT OF HONEY. NOT FOR THE USE BY DIABETICS WITHOUT ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN".
    Is a CYA type notice, or is there something to this? I already drunk most of a gallon now and I'm not feeling any ill effects, but I want to be on the safe side.
    And yes I'm diabetic.

  2. timstorey1

    I am not a diabetic but my wife is Type-1 since she was 10 years old.
    So around here we monitor Dear Spouse's blood glucose levels often.
    I think that a saccharide is a saccharide and unless this fluid raises your blood glucose levels a lot, it should be OK, not different effect than eating something sweet.
    Good Luck

  3. whm1974

    Quote:
    I think that a saccharide is a saccharide and unless this fluid raises your blood glucose levels a lot, it should be OK, not different effect than eating something sweet.
    Good Luck
    Thanks. Well this is diet tea which why I brought it in the first place. I have to find my meter, but like I said I'm not feeling any ill effects.

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