Diabetes is a chronic illness which happens when your body is unable to provide enough insulin for cells to function. The lack of insulin causes excess sugar production in the blood which is known as glycosuria and hyperglycemia. It means that your body has too much glucose to obstruct the normal functions of your nervous system, heart, eyes, blood vessels, and kidneys. Diabetes is of two types – Diabetes insipidus and Diabetes Mellitus.
In Ayurvedic texts, diabetes mellitus is known as Madhumeha . Ancient Ayurvedic scholars have named Madhumeha (Diabetes mellitus) under one among the 20 Prameha’s (urinary disorders).
Madhu – ‘Madhu’ meaning ‘ manae bhodane’ which gives Psychic contentment.
Meha: – ‘Meha’ means excessive excretion.
The manifestation of diabetes in Ayurveda is through excess thirst or urination.
Characteristic feature of Madhumeha as per Ayurveda:
Madhumeha is a disease in which urine of the patient is sweet like honey and quantitatively increased as well as astringent, pale and rough in quality.