Diabetes, broadly separated into Type 1 (Insulin dependent and mainly congenital) and Type 2 (Non insulin dependent and mainly lifestyle based), is one of the most insidious of organic diseases to affect humanity. Degeneration of the pancreas, specifically their insulin producing cells called the Islets of Langerhans is the primary cause of diabetes.
The pervasive nature of this disease is highlighted by its causing multiple organic damage , leading to systemic failure, loss of homoeostasis and eventual death. For example, more than 75% of actual death due to advanced onset of diabetes is actually caused by coronary or heart failure. In other cases, renal degeneration of the kidneys leads to the necessity for dialysis or even kidney transplant. The optic nerves and other primary and tertiary nerves are also affected in diabetes and their degeneration is termed diabetic neuropathy. In yet other cases, corneal degeneration can take place in the eyes to the extent of causing blindness. There is no known cure for diabetes in modern medicine.
Samkhya Yoga View:
Diabetes is caused due to imbalances in the Agni/ Fire and Ap/ Water elements. If the disease has not progressed to the severe state of systemic organ breakdown, Yoga holds a promise of partial or complete cure from diabetes.
The psychological aspects of the imbalanced Fire and Water elements manifest in diabetes, are usually apathy, social isolation and withdrawal, and lack of motivation. Aggression and hostility may also be present, making life more difficult for those close to the patient. Sloth and lethargy of the body, due to over-operation of the brain, compounds the chances for the onset of diabetes. These emotional states of mind are caused and/ or compounded by hormonal imbalance, caused by faltering homeostasis, as the body moves towards the onset of actual diabetes.
Yogic Lifestyle advice:
Active exercise is essential for those either diagnosed with diabetes or those who have a familial propensity for the disease. The practice of a different mindset, which is non-critical and actively compassionate, will lead to a reduction of the disease.
It is suggested that diabetes patients undertake rigorous Chikitsa Yoga Asana training, specifically targeting diabetes. The practice must be for a period of 2 hours daily, split into two morning and evening classes. It is further suggested that they undertake meditational practice of Metta and Mahakaruna, which are taught in the Vajrayana tradition of classical Buddhism.
Asanas for disease reduction:
The Yogic techniques always start with the physical, in order to bring a state of homeostasis, which leads to symptom reduction. The following are a small selection of simple asanas that will begin the process of recovery from Diabetes.
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