Using Botanicals to Help Manage Diabetes


Traditional Asian medicine is an abundant source of powerful herbal remedies that can help address diabetes and metabolic syndrome from many angles. Try one or more of these:

  • Gymnema leaf is believed to improve insulin release and glucose uptake and support beta cell growth. In controlled studies, patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have responded to gymnema leaf extract.
  • Fenugreek seeds are rich in fiber and protein and naturally control glucose levels. This botanical slows digestion and carbohydrate absorption, leveling off insulin production. Studies have shown that patients given fenugreek seeds have improved blood sugar control and lower triglycerides.
  • Holy basil is believed to enhance beta cell function and has shown positive results for patients with Type 2 diabetes.
As always, I recommend a balanced approach incorporating diet, lifestyle, and natural supplements. Metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes are treatable conditions, and by addressing them with natural solutions, you can benefit numerous other areas of health in the process.

Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc

Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, is medical director of the integrative health center Amitabha Medical Clinic in California. Learn more at

More from Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc