Ayurveda Q&A: Detoxification therapies for diabetes

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

1. I am a diabetic and taking ayurvedic drugs of Himalaya Drugs namely diabecon ds,meshashringi morning one tablet/capsule and night also same dose. Is this dose correct or do i have to take any other medicine.My analysis shows fasting 150 and post lunch 240. Kindly advise.

Hi Sukumar,

More than just medicines, i strongly recommend a holistic approach with Ayurveda therapies, Yoga and Diet. Only then the healing process would be complete. Ayurveda, the science of life clearly states that the Diabetes requires physical and emotional treatment for complete care.

Do you know according to Ayurveda, the Diabetes is of 20 types. Every type needs different approach for complete healing. Few dietary changes and lifestyle modifications. Losing weight and increasing physical activity can help reduce the chance of getting diabetes and help to control it. So the first thing is to understand the type of food you should be choosing according to your prakriti (bio-energy) and according to the effect of a particular food on your blood glucose levels (called Glycemic Index). Ayurveda doctors can guide you on this aspect. It is appropriate to include certain common herbs like Karela seeds, Jamun (seeds), etc. in you daily meal plan. As such, after ascertaining your dominant bio-energy, eating pattern and history of the ailment, a weekly diet plan is prepared. If you are overweight then you are advised to lose it and monitor it more closely. Getting diabetes at any stage puts a lot of stress due to the dietary restriction and continuous medication (or insulin shots) and knowing about the possible consequences of the disease. yoga therapist will help you to develop a positive attitude towards the ailment with regular exercise and Pranayama, which help your body in a better control over the blood sugar.

Detoxification therapies for Diabetes

Pre purification therapies

Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes. These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind. The following pre-purification therapies are usually adopted for curing Diabetic Neuropathy

a. Snehapanam is an important pre purification therapy. It is a type of Oleation therapy and consists of oral intake of medicated ghee in empty stomach for a specified number of days. This unique treatment helps flush out the toxins from the body.
b. Udwarthanam is a type of body massage using herbal powder. This massage activates the nerves and increases blood flow to the impaired parts of the body.
c. Dhanyamla dhara is the continuous pouring of warm fermented medicinal liquid on the body for nearly 40 minutes. The nerves receive a lot of nourishment from this continuous pouring and are very effective for treating all types of diseases affecting nerves.
d. Thalapothichil is the application of herbal paste on the scalp of a patient for a specific period of time. Selected medicinal herbs, thoroughly ground and made in to a fine paste, is thickly applied on to the scalp of the person. The scalp part of the head is then covered up with usually banana leaf to allow the medicine to stay on and function well. This stays on the person’s head for almost 40 to 50 minutes giving wonderful relaxation to the mind.
e. Thakra dhara is the profuse pouring of specially prepared buttermilk on the forehead of the person for one hour. This cools down the brain, relaxes the mind and reduces stress, tension and anxiety.

Purification therapies

This is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre purification stage. The commonly adopted detoxification treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy are Purgation (Virechana), Emesis (Vamana) and Medicated enema (Vasti)

a. Purgation is the oral intake of safe herbal medicines leading to the elimination of poisonous wastes through the anal route.
b. Emesis is also known as therapeutic vomiting. It is a treatment that eliminates the toxins and waste products through the upper gastro-intestinal track. It expels and cleanses undigested food. It has been found to be highly effective in treating Diabetes.
c. Medicated enema therapy, is the colon cleaning treatment. In this the medicines are introduced through the anal route for the evacuation of accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes. It is highly recommended in the treatment of Diabetes.

Rejuvenation for diabetes

These are body nourishing therapies to rejuvenate the body and mind after the detoxification treatments. They keep the enzymes in the tissue cells in their normal functioning condition, restore and balance the body functions and maintain the overall health and well being of an individual for much longer periods after the detox course. Rejuvenation phase of Diabetic Neuropathy consists of oral medicines, diet regulation and yoga. It is important to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural body rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely effective in reducing physiological imbalance to avoid chronic disease.

As a pacification therapy, please take Lopac + Vita Noni – Each 2 tablets thrice daily before food with warm water and Siva Gutika 1 tablet after food with warm water help you. Unless the treatment is holistic, the results may be short time.

2. Dear Dr. Gowthaman,I was listening to your TV show today on Kalaigner TV. I have some symptoms that you have described and would like to have Kattu Valli for me. Please instruct the dosage and timing;cost.

Fan of Yours
Raj Pandian P.hd

Hi Raj Pandian,

Please let me know your symptoms and medical records accordingly i will suggest you the medicines. Kattu Valli is good for many conditions. However the dose, usage and taking process changes person to person and condition to condition.

3. Dr. Ji namaskar,i am 32 years old male person. my hair is premature greying/white. kya amla oil ke use se mere hair phir se kale ho sakte hain, kitna time lagega hair kale hona main, please tell me through email, i am very disappointed, i am witing for your reply.


Hi Manjith,

More than oil, apply it as a pack, it acts better than oil. 50 gm of amla powder + 50 ml of fresh curd + 5 ml of fresh lemon juice – Applied as a pack all over the scalp and hair roots followed by warm water bath after 45 minutes helps you.

As i mentioned earlier, Premature grey also involves internal nutritional deficiencies. Pay attention to your diets. Narasimha Capsules 2 thrice daily after food with Narasimha Thailam external application too improves the condition in no time.

Common home remedies for prevention of greying

a. The most effective and well practiced home remedy is applying coconut oil processed with fresh curry leaves. This should be strictly applied on the scalp and hair for 90 days. Gentle massage with this mixture for 15-20 minutes helps in reducing the hair fall, dandruff and improves hair growth, hair thickness and improves the black hair growth. After application wash it with lukewarm water.
b. Amla powder is considered and used as one of the best hair rejuvenator across the world. Apply paste of fresh Amla powder mixed with curd and fresh lemon juice as pack. Leave it for 45 minutes and followed by warm water wash. This process is very effective to reduce hair fall and improve hair growth. This process is repeated every alternative day for 90 days for better results.
c. Amla soaked in water for overnight, and the water is a very good hair conditioner. After the regular hair wash, just rinse the hair with this water. One of the primary reasons for premature graying is using excessive conditioners and high chemical shampoo. Avoiding cause may help in bringing back the normalcy swiftly.
d. One of the effective remedy for colder seasons is application of Almond oil with Amla juice. Warm both taken in equal amounts and gentle massage on scalp for 15 minutes. It is one of the fastest ways to arrest the premature graying and improving the general hair health.
e. Many villages in Kerala follow a simple hair remedy. Everyone including men and women does it as cultural practice. Application of equal amounts of buttermilk and curry leaves juice equal amounts and boiled for 5 minutes in mild fire then applied in the scalp in lukewarm condition followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes. This is known preventive remedy for white hairs and hair fall.
f. Ayurveda recommends the following combination as the effective remedy for prevention and improving hair growth, reducing dandruff, for healthy hair. Equal amounts of Amla powder, Thriphala powder, Methi powder, Karisalai powder, Mehanthi Powder, Japa flower and leaves powder, Indian Asparagus powder mixed with fresh curd and fresh lemon juice. This mixture applied as a pack on the scalp followed by warm water wash
g. Simple home remedy to maintain health hair the following remedy is advised. Equal amounts of fresh Amla juice and lemon juice applied on the scalp and hair followed by warm water wash after 10 minutes. This should be done every day for healthy hair.
h. Traditional healers in South India recommend the following remedy for premature hair growth. Equal amounts of sesame oil and Carrot juice mixed with half the amount of Methi seed powder kept under sun for 21 days. Then this oil is applied on the scalp for hair, face for white hairs in mustache and beard areas and body for the white body hairs. Follow this for 90 days for complete color change.
i. Eclipta Alba is the other important herb used in Ayurveda for prevention and reversing the premature hair graying. Most of the Herbal hair oils contain the extract of this herb. Ayurveda recommend the application fresh leave juice or paste as a thick scalp pack followed by warm water wash.
j. Many Ayurveda experts recommend Black pepper ¼ parts mixed with 1 parts of fresh curd and 10 ml of fresh lemon juice as everyday application on scalp helps to improve the premature hair growth condition.

4. sir i have a problem with bowel movement when ever i intake something gas fills in my stomach and it does not passes out and my stomach bulges out and its unbearable and i dont have motions at all…..sir,plz advice me some tips and medicine to cure this


Hi Mamta,

Check your diet, water intake and physical exercise. These three plays a vital role. Also if you are taking any medicines for Diabetes, Hypertension etc consult with your physician.

Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach with Ayurveda medicines and therapies, diet and yoga for quick healing.

Ayurveda medicine Gandharva Hastadi Kashayam – 15 ml + 45 ml of warm water 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner + Gandharva Hastadi castor oil – 3 ml helps to improve both constipation and Gas trouble.

5. i am suffering from vitiligo for the last 4 years 80 % body become white can it may be cured by your 9 home tips . i have taken ayurved, homeopaty medicine but all medicines do not work in my body. please send your suggestions


Hi Kamal,

Vitiligo too requires a holistic approach with strict diet and Yoga. As per Ayurveda physical and psychological treatment plays a vital role. Psorolia corolifolia seeds plays a major role in this condition. Purified seeds 3 gm thrice daily after food with warm milk and external application of the same with lime water / buttermilk helps to improve the condition in no time.

Ayurveda therapies plays a vital role in healing.

Ayurveda detoxification for Vitiligo

Ayurveda adopts three kinds of therapy for Vitiligo depends on the condition, age etc

a. Pacification therapy – with Herbal, Mineral or herbo- mineral medications.
b. Detoxification therapies – Since this disease itself is because of vitiated Pitta dosha, Ayurveda recommends the two fold purification therapies like purgation and bloodletting therapy (Leech therapy)
c. External Application: Smaller and Non / slow spreading patches is usually treated with herbal powder or oil applications. Ayurveda also recommends this type of treatment for Children below 7 years.

Ayurveda texts mentions about many single and compound herbal combinations for Vitiligo. Interestingly, these medicational formulae are very well validated by the modern scientific researches. For example liquid extract of Acacia catechu bark is advised 60 ml every morning by Ayurveda texts for Leucoderma and Vitiligo. This particular practice is very well documented by modern scientific research.

One herb is praised for Leucoderma and Vitiligo in almost all Ayurveda and traditional medicinal texts is Bakuchi / Vakuchi (Psorolia corolifolia) as internal medication, external application etc. This is been used to prepared soaps, external applications, internal medications by both Ayurveda and Modern pharmaceutical companies worldwide. The modern scientific research does agree that this herbal application acts on melanoblastic cells and successfully stimulates it.

Ayurveda Pancha Karma for Vitiligo

Ayurveda recommends its fivefold detoxification therapies for the complete cure for Vitiligo.

a. Therapeutic Vomiting: Vamana is a medicated emesis therapy which removes Kapha toxins collected in the body and the respiratory tract. This is given to people with high Kapha imbalance. Daily treatment involves loosening and mobilizing the toxins in an effort to finally eliminate them.
b. Therapeutic purgation: Virechana is medicated purgation therapy which removes Pitta toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder; it completely cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract. It is a safe procedure without side effects.
c. Therapeutic enema Therapy: Basti (Enema) is considered as the mother of all Panchakarma treatments since it cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, through the colon. Basti is also highly beneficial as a rejuvenating treatment. Medicated oil or ghee and an herbal decoction is given as enema to clean the colon and increase the muscle tone. This procedure is usually applied for 8 to 30 days, based on the medical condition of a person
d. Therapeutic Nasal Drops: Nasya involves administration of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated Kapha toxins from the head and neck region. Based on the medical condition of a person, it can be given up to 30 days.
e. Therapeutic bloodletting therapy: Rakta mokshana is procedure to cleanse the blood and is advised only in very rare conditions. It is not advisable during general Panchakarma.

Vitiligo is like cold, cough it can affect any one in any part of life. The western medicine helps in reduction of symptoms and most of the times it ends up with complications. Ayurveda medicines and therapies, diet helps to resolve the condition swiftly and permanently.

6. Iam 58years diabetic from 18 years and HBP from 2 years and height is 160cms and wt 63kgs.I have taken allopathy medicine TRIGLUCOMAT DIALY one each in day and night.Generally my sugar level is normal but last two years it is so much high 145 on fast. I have some time back in night I take only fruit Papay and Tomateo and D Protien one cup. Is it raise the sugar level? If stomach is empty in night is the sugar leavel raise ?
the FRUITS LIKE tOMATEO ORANGE PAPPAY MAY NOT USED IN NIGHT WITHOUT RICE OR CGAPPATHI? Please give me suitable advice and what R the tablests I may used in Ayurveda medicine.

Natesh G

Hi Natesh G,

Please explain about your exercise and life style habits. How much rice you take a day? How much water you drink a day? These plays a vital role in deciding the sugar and BP. I suggest you to take Siva gutika and Vita Noni capsules – Each 1 thrice daily 30 minutes before food with warm water and Hyper 1 after food thrice daily helps.

7. my wife age 32 suffering from premature menopause.undergoing treatment of gynecologist. they suggest medicine for 4 to 5 years continuously or operation. sir pls suggest best ayurvedic medicine for this and other ayurvedic treatments for such problem


Hi Harish,

Nashta Pushpantaka Ras – 2 tablets thrice daily + Vita Noni 2 tablets thrice daily after food with warm water and Trivanga Bhasma – 125 mg thrice daily 30 minutes before food with sugar water helps for Premature ovarian failure of early menopause.

8. I have peri arthritics and find my right hand movement strained. I do physiotharaphy but the progress is slow. Earlier I had the problem

with my left hand and it is fully cured now. Can you suggest a way out. I am 55, having BP and diabetic – but both under control.

Hi Rajkamalurali,

Ayurveda medicines and therapies can help bring back the normalcy.

Ayurveda therapies for pain

Ayurveda recommends therapies for prevention as well as for the management of this condition. Ayurvedic treatments vary depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. Ayurvedic treatments consist of detoxification therapies (Pancha karma), oral medicines and diet regulations. Snehanam-(Oleation), virechanam- (purgation), abhyanga-(massage), pradeha, pralepa-(medicated packs) and basthi-(enema)

a. Abhyanga (Oil massage) – It increases the metabolism, which leads to better tissue respiration and circulation, causing the body to flush out its waste products more efficiently. It helps in alleviating rheumatic disorders. It improves flexibility, softness and firmness of the skin and for long life. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain.

b. Pizhichil (Oil bath)- In pizhichil, lukewarm medicated herbal oil is poured all over the body. This treatment is very effective in rheumatic diseases like arthritis, nervous weakness and nervous disorders. This treatment is prescribed not only for rheumatic ailments (vatic disorders) but also for many other diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, fits, convulsions etc.

Ayurveda medicines – Amavatari Kashayam 15 ml + 45 ml of warm water – 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner; Zeotone capsules 2 twice daily with Kashayam and Chandraprabha vati – Each 1 tablets and Ortho each one tablet – improves the condition in no time. External application of Maha Masha Thailam followed by warm water bath after 45 minutes helps.

9. I visited your site today and got a little hope to get rid of my melasma problem. I got two dark patches on my cheeks and a light patch on my nose… i tried medicines but no results found. Plz suggest me some rememdies to get rid of melasma. My details are as follows:

Hi Bhavi,

Melasma requires long time medication and therapies. As I suggested earlier take 15 ml of Maha Thiktakam kashayam + 45 ml of warm water – twice daily 30 minutes before food with Vilavadi gutika 1 tablet; Arogya vardini gutika 2 tablets and Vita Noni – 2 tablets thrice daily after food with external application of Thiktakam Gritam followed by warm water bath after 30 minutes helps. please continue this medicine combination for 3 months and then let us review the condition.

10. I have problem of stomach pain from quite some time. Recently My Doctor ( Gastro) has prescribed certain test like CBC,B12,LFT,USG,CT OF WHOLE ABDOMEN , ENDOSCOPY, COLONOSCOPY & STOOL TEST. All the test reports were normal except stool, occult blood which was positive & Platelets count was 95,000. I think I have some problem with small intestine. Request your advise & treatment on the matter.

Hi Buddha,

Looks like lower levels of platelets contributing for this trouble. Take Guduchyadi Kashayam 15 ml + 45 ml of warm water – 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner with Kaseesam (101) – 300 mg helps. kamadudha Ras tablets – 2 numbers with warm water and Jeeraka Vilvadi lehyam – 3 gm at bed time improves your condition.

Avoid Non-vegetarian foods, green chili, spicy salty foods and drinks. Sleep and water intake plays a vital role.

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