Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with metabolic disorder. Persons suffering from diabetes have shown accelerated levels of blood sugar which often harms the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Over the past few decades, the prevalence of diabetes has been progressively increasing. Synthetic drugs are used to treat diabetic patients helping to control the disorder, but it is shown that numerous medicinal plants and herbal drugs are widely used in several traditional systems of medicine to prevent and treat diabetes. They are reported to produce beneficial effects in combating diabetes and alleviating diabetes-related complications. These plants contain phtyonutrients and phytoconstituents demonstrating protective or disease preventive properties. In many developing countries, herbal drugs are recommended by traditional practitioners for diabetes treatment because the use of synthetic drugs is not affordable.

Key Features:

  • Provides botanical descriptions, distribution and pharmacological investigations of notable medicinal and herbal plants used to prevent or treat diabetes.
  • Discusses phytochemical and polyherbal formulations for the management of diabetes and other related complications.
  • Contains reports on antidiabetic plants and their potential uses in drug discovery based on their bioactive molecules.

This volume in the Exploring Medicinal Plants series provides an overview natural healing treatments in selected antidiabetic plants. The book presents valuable information to scientists, researchers, and students working with medicinal plants or for those specializing in in areas of ethnobotany, natural products, pharmacognosy, and other areas of allied healthcare. It is also useful to pharmaceutical companies, industrialists, and health policy makers.

Section A - Introduction to Diabetes: An Overview. Medicinal and Herbal Plants-Based Phytochemicals Associated with Antidiabetic Response. Antidiabetic Medicinal and Herbal Plants and their Mechanisms of Action. Section B - Antidiabetic Medicinal and Herbal Plants. Babul (Acacia arabica). Bael (Aegle marmelose). Church steeples (Agrimonia eupatoria). Onion (Allium cepa). Garlic (Allium sativum). Ghrita kumara (Aloe vera). Bitterweed (Andrographis paniculata). Sugar apple (Annona squamosa). Neem (Azadirachta indica). Orchid tree (Bauhinia variegata). Red spiderling (Boerhaavia diffusa). Ash gourd (Benincasa hispida). Beetroot (Beta vulgaris). Fever nut (Caesalpinia bonducella). Bitter apple (Citrullus colocynthis). Ivy gourd (Coccinia indica). Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globules). Banyan tree (Ficus benghalenesis). Gurmar (Gymnema sylvestre). Gurhal (Hibiscus rosa-sinesis). Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas). Purging nut (Jatropha curcas). Mango (Mangifera indica). Karela (Momordica charantia). Mulberry (Morus alba). Kiwach (Mucuna pruriens). Black cumin (Nigella sativa). Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum). Guava (Psidium guajava). Bisasar (Pterocarpus marsupium). Anar (Punica granatum). Jamun (Syzygium cumini). Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum). Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina). Chinese date (Zizyphus spina-christi).