Researchers call for more study, testing of medicinal plants for diabetes control

There are at least 400 medicinal plants that can be effective in lowering the amount of sugar in the blood, but intensive studies have been done on only 21 of them so far, says a team of researchers.
In their study entitled ‘Treatment on Nature’s Lap: Use of Herbal Products in the Management of Hyperglycemia’, they also noted that “many allopathic drugs (to manage diabetes) have herbal background” and said that evidence-based testing on natural products could lead to the development of ”new drugs in the modern treatment of diabetes”. The study by researchers at JIPMER-Puducherry and AIIMS-Kalyani was recently published in the World Journal of Diabetes.
“There are at least 400 medicinal plants present in nature that may be effective in reducing the amount of blood sugar needed to control type 2 diabetes,” the study said.
“So far, studies have only been done on 21 herbaceous plants, including vijayasar, jamun, cumin, daruharidra, small gourd, bael, fenugreek, neem, amla and turmeric, which have been shown to have prominent anti-hyperglycemic action,”‘ he said.
These medicinal plants have been the basis of many drugs to control diabetes, the researchers said after analyzing data available on PubMed. They also cited examples of herbal formulations such as BGR-34 prepared by the Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR).
Marketed by AIMIL Pharmaceuticals, BGR-34 contains many active compounds derived from four medicinal herbs daruharidra, gudmar, methi and vijayasar.
“In addition, giloe and majeeth have also been added to boost immunity as well as antioxidant levels,” said AIMIL Pharmaceuticals Executive Director Dr. Sanchit Sharma.
Echoing the researchers’ views, he said that “our ancient texts on medicine and ayurveda are also rooted in nature, which is abundant in a variety of medicinal plants.”
“Since the number of diabetic patients in India is increasing at an alarming rate, research on other herbal plants can give a new perspective to the field of medicine,” said Sharma.
Last year, a study by AIIMS-Delhi found that BGR-34 is effective not only in reducing sugar but also obesity. This Ayurvedic medicine also improves the metabolic system of the body.
The latest study also noted that while partial research has been carried out on eight plants, such as pomegranate, shilajit, bean, tea, ginkgo biloba and turmeric, which have shown anti-diabetic properties, more testing is needed.
“Interestingly, many allopathic drugs have a herbal background,” the researchers noted in their study and cited examples of allopathic drugs such as metformin for diabetes control, which is obtained from the Galician plant officinalis. The plant was used to control diabetes in 19th century Europe, they said.

“Likewise, SGLT2 (sodium-glucose cotransporter-2), which is effective in treating diabetes, was manufactured after obtaining phlorizin from apple tree bark,” said the study, advocating evidence-based studies on natural products. , which, he said, “is expected to open the door to the development of new drugs in the modern treatment of diabetes in the future.”

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Researchers call for more study, testing of medicinal plants for diabetes control

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