In many countries today, type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, in 2007 total costs attributable to diabetes was $174 billion, and this represented a 32% increase in just five years. A 2003 study published in the journal Diabetes Care concluded that herbal supplements used as part of a healthy diabetic lifestyle are generally considered safe and that many could have promising roles in helping manage the disease.
Some of the herbs that have shown promise in managing type 2 diabetes include Coccinia indica, American ginseng, Gymnema sylvestre, Aloe vera, Momordica charantia, and nopal.
Coccinia indica, which is native to India, led to an 18% decrease in blood sugar…