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Ayurvedic Herbs for Blood Sugar Balance
 
Gymnema sylvestre is known in India as the "Destroyer of Sugar." The gymnemic acids in the herb alter the perception of the sweet taste so that sugar cravings are reduced . . . but only for about fifteen minutes. However, when taken consistently for a long time, good results have been observed with both type I and type II diabetes. It is also often recommended for people who are overweight since the leaves inhibit glucose absorption in the intestines.* There are many theories as to the mechanisms whereby this (and other) herbs work, but one of the more appealing gymnema beliefs is that the leaves gradually restore and rebuild the pancreas.

Amla Extract made from wildcrafted Indian gooseberries.

Amla Extract, 2 oz.

Amla is a tropical gooseberry and one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is the main ingredient in many formulas including the two best-selling formulations in history: the rejuvenative jam Chyawanprash and the cleansing formula Triphala. Amla is a superb antioxidant. It is also radioprotective, antitumoral, and analgesic. It is cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and immune enhancing. Our amalaki is extracted from wildcrafted plants.

30 drops in a small amount of water, 2 to 3 times daily, or as directed by your health care provider. Shake well before using.

Ingredients: organically grown Emblica officinalis fruit extract, 1:4, in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Bibhitaki Extract, 2 oz.

Bibhitaki is a tropical fruit found throughout India. It is about the size of a large walnut and is primarily astringent in taste. Bibhitaki is one of the three fruits in the famous triphala formula and is the preferred herb for regulating kapha. This means it is used when there are kapha accumulations in the lungs, ears, sinuses, throat, liver, and urinary tract. It is astringent and therefore absorbs the excess moisture of kapha. It has some lesser known value for treating tropical conditions such as diarrhea, pulmonary eosinophilia, and allergic reactions, very likely parasitic in origin. It is also one of the herbs used in oral health, but it usually the shell that is made as a decoction and then used as an oral rinse.

Ingredients: Terminalia bellirica Fruit, distilled water, organic alcohol, and vegetable glycein.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Ayurvedic Herbs for the Kidneys, Bladder, and Urinary Tract

Bladder Support, 100 tablets

This formula is traditionally used to balance kapha. It supports the urinary tract, reproductive system, and blood sugar.

Ingredients: Kapoor Kachri (Curcuma zedoaria), Buch(Acorus calamus), Nagarmotha(Cyperus rotundus), Chiretta(Swertia Chirayita), Giloy(Tinospora cordifolia), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Haldi (Curcuma longa), Daruhaldi (Berberis aristata), Dhaniya (Coriandrum sativum), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Baheda (Terminalia belerica), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Atis (Aconitum heterophyllum), Pipplamool (Piper longum), Chitrakmool (Plumbago zeylanica), Chabya (Piper chaba), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Bari Pipal (Piper longum), Chhoti Pipal (Piper longum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Kalimarich (Piper nigrum), Chhoti elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum), Kabab Chini (Piper cubeba), okhru (Tribulus terrestris), Safed Chandan (Santalum album), Nishoth (Operculina turpethum), Dantimool (Baliospermum montanum), Tejpata (Cinnamomum tamala), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Chhoti elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum), Banslochan (Bambusa arundinacea), Shilajit (Mineral Pitch), Guggul (Commiphora mukul).

Vadik Herbs, $



Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, organic, steam distilled, 5 ml.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, organic, 5 ml.

Cinnamon is often used as a bactericide or for lowering blood sugar. It is also antifungal and antimicrobial. It is irritating and should not be used on skin; however, it can be used to purify air and reduce risks from airborne pathogens. It can also be used as a flavoring or to relieve abdominal bloating and flatulence. It combines exceptionally well with orange essential oil.

Ingredients: steam distilled essential oil of organic Cinnamomum burmannii bark.

Bioethika, $



Fenugreek Extract, 2 oz.

Fenugreek is used in Ayurvedic medicine to lower blood sugar and reduce cholesterol. It works by delaying absorption of glucose because of balanced chemical structure. In Western herbal medicine, it has been used to promote breast development, lactation, and libido; reduce PMS and menopausal symptoms; regulate blood sugar; and aid thinking. It is high in antioxidants and is used to retard aging. It is nutritive and used for convalescing patients as well as those suffering from anorexia.

60 drops 3 to 5 times daily or as directed by your health care provider. Shake well before using.

Ingredients: extract of organically grown Trigonella foenum-graecum seeds in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Gymnema Extract, 2 oz.

Gymnema is is also known as gurmar, the destroyer of sugar. It is hypothesized that its work begins by blocking sugar receptors on the tongue. The action lasts about two hours and helps to reduce sugar cravings. It has been used for 1500 years to support proper pancreatic function and hold blood sugar in a normal range by delaying absorption of sugar. Recent research suggests that it aids regeneration of the pancreas in a manner that allows the pancreas to produce more insulin.

More importantly in terms of oral toxicity is that animal studies reported in PLoS One in 2013 showed that gymnema not only proved effective in the treatment of Candida albicans but prevented the development of hyphal forms in both C. albicans and Aspergillus sp.

15 drops 3 to 5 times daily, or as directed by your health care provider. Shake well before using.

Ingredients: Organically grown Gymnema sylvestre leaves in Distilled Water and Organic Alcohol.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Gymnema: sugar regulating herb in vegetarian capsules.

Gymnema, 60 vegetarian capsules

The Ayurvedic name for gymnema is Meshashringi but is also known as gurmar, the destroyer of sugar. It has been used for 1500 years to support proper pancreatic function and hold blood sugar in a normal range by delaying absorption of sugar.

Suggested Use: one capsule 2-3 times per day after meals.

Ingredients: Gymnema sylvestre leaf extract in vegetarian capsules with rice four and silicon dioxide.

Avesta, $



Neem Extract, 2 oz.

Neem is regarded as a potent detoxifier. It has antimicrobial and antifungal effects as well as blood sugar lowering properties. It is also antiparasitic, clearing both the larva and ova.

15 drops 2 times a day or as directed by your health care provider. Shake well before using.

Ingredients: 1.5 extract of organically grown Azadirachta indica leaf in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Shardunika Powder, Gymnema, 8 oz.

Gymnema leaf powder is used to aid the functioning of the pancreas and support normal blood glucose levels. It also reduces cravings for sweets by dulling the taste buds to the sense of the sweet taste. By supporting the pancreas, normal insulin production can be gradually restored.

Ingredients: Certified Organic Gymnema sylvestre leaf powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Sugar Fight

Sugar Fight, 120 capsules

Sugar Fight supplies the nutrients the pancreas needs in order to be healthy.

Ingredients: standardized extract of Gymnema sylvestre (Shardunikha), Azdirachta Indica (Neem), Swertia chirata (Chiraita), Eugenia jambolana (Jambul), Enicostemma littorale (Mamejavo), Pterocarpus marsupium (Indian Kino), Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi), Curcuma longa (Turmeric), Emblica officinalis (Amalaki), Cassia auriculata (Cassia).

Vadik Herbs, $



Banyan Botanicals Sweet Ease

Sweet Ease, 90 tablets

Sweet Ease promotes healthy blood glucose levels. Contains bitter and astringent herbs that work synergistically to alleviate excess kapha. Sweet Ease promotes proper function of the pancreas and may be useful for people prone to high blood sugar. Clinical studies suggest that the two main herbs in Sweet Ease, shardunika and neem, promote insulin secretion. This formula helps to purify the blood by supporting proper digestion and metabolism.

It can be used by both pitta and kapha types but may aggravate vata.

Ingredients: Guduchi herb, Tinospora cordifolia; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Shardunika leaf, Gymnema sylvestre, Turmeric root, Curcuma longa; Kutki root, Picrorhiza kurroa; Neem leaf Azadirachta indica; mineral pitch.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Ayurvedic Herbal Support for Stimulating Metabolism and Slimming

Trim Support, 90 tablets, 500 mg.

Trim Support promotes deeper assimilation of nutrients by kindling gastric fire, agni. This, in turn, helps to reduce ama, the metabolic residuals that congest the gastrointestinal tract. This formula is gently detoxifying and supports proper functioning of the spleen, pancreas, liver, and kidneys. It also tends to reduce sugar cravings.

Ingredients: Punarnava root, Boerhaavia diffusa*; Chitrak root, Plumbago zeylanica; Kutki root, Picrorhiza kurroa; Vidanga fruit, Embelia ribes; Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica*; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula*; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis*; Ginger root, Zingiber officinale*; Musta root, Cyperus rotundus*; Brahmi leaf, Hydrocotyle asiatica*; Pippali fruit, Piper longum*; mineral pitch, Black Pepper fruit, Piper nigrum*.

Banyan Botanicals, $