The first class of anti-diabetes drugs for people with type II appeared only 55 years ago. These drugs and many others are able to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin. Sadly, they are expensive and also have undesirable secondary effects on body. You may wonder if there are some available medicinal plants able to stimulate insulin production too. Let’s see how Eucalyptus can treat diabetics.
Eucalyptus Active Compounds
Almost 745 worldwide species of eucalyptus are listed by distinct Latin names. Eucalyptus Globulus known also as the ‘Blue gum’ is the species most used in medicine. Its leaves contain chemical products such as flavonoids (antioxidant agents), tannins (with anti-inflammatory properties) and essential oil. Scientists have already identified about 20 components in volatile oil. The main one is cineole or eucalyptol which has strong antiseptic properties.
It is not necessary to be a pharmacist in order to enumerate the principal medicinal applications of Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus treats the respiratory tract (in cases of bronchitis, coughs, flu, sinusitis, asthma etc…) and the skin (in cases of arthritis and wounds). It is a good insect repellent too.
But did you know that eucalyptus can treat diabetes? The healthful effects of eucalyptus on mice with experimentally-induced diabetes have been studied. In brief, it appears that its extracts can increase mice insulin production and reduce blood glucose levels.
How to Use Eucalyptus to Treat Diabetes?
Boil 15 grams of dry leaves (the globulus species) in one liter of water during fifteen minutes and drink that ‘special brew for diabetics’ 3 times a day.
Will that Natural Treatment be Sufficient to Keep My Blood Sugar at the Right Level?
Not completely! But, this eucalyptus brew can be very useful as an adjunct cure for diabetes. It is important to say that although eucalyptus is a natural product it is not inoffensive at all! There are a few contraindications and interactions with some drugs. Please, if you would like to start a treatment with such an alternative medicine, consult first a doctor.