Ayurveda has once again come to the rescue of the beleaguered Indian diabetic patient. Lucknow-based Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratories has accomplished a remarkable feat and made a cheap, new and effective Ayurveda drug made from four plant extracts to treat diabetes.

That’s not all, scientists referred to ancient Ayurveda scriptures to study the natural plant extracts and come up with this drug for patients suffering from type-2 diabetes. The drug, branded as BGR-34, is a twice-a-day treatment for type-2 and will cost Rs 5 per pill. It will hit the shelves in a fortnight in most cities. AYUSH, the Union Health Ministry’s arm which deals with traditional Indian medicine has approved the drug after a successful human trial on over one thousand patients across the nation.

The drug has been tested via clinical trials which panned over 18 months and it has been proved that around 67% patients showed normal blood sugar levels within 3 to 4 days of drug usage. This is a pure herbal drug, made from 4 commonly available plant extracts, mainly, gurmar leaves which are scientifically known to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin. This medicine has to be taken as an add-on or adjuvant to existing diabetes treatment. In trials, the drug showed no side-effects and maintained normal blood glucose levels by releasing free radicals and improving the immune system of the patient. BGR-34 isn’t the first herbal drug to treat diabetes but it is the first scientifically approved and clinically tested drug.

India is the diabetes capital of the world and where allopathic diabetes medicines cost over an average of Rs 80 a day, the 65 million diabetics in India will be hoping that this drug gives them the much needed cure at a cheaper price. Leading ayurvedic hospitals have evolved effective cure for diabetes over the years.

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