Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (2004): Supplement 2:
2nd International Congress on Traditional Medicine and Materia Medica
The influence of traditional herbs on fasting blood sugar in diabetes
Sohrab G., Aminpour A.
National Nutrition & Food Technology Research Institute, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences & Health Services, Tehran, Iran
To study the traditional herbal influences on Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) in controlling diabetes, in a retrospective study from 1975-2004 in all medical universities of Iran all the traditional herbal materials which have been known as a food or drug to influence on blood sugar were collected from Iranian Nutrition Abstract & Reviews and 7 held National Nutrition Congresses. Then the studies were classified on the physical characteristics and applied edible forms of each herb (Seeds, Fruits and Fruit juice, leaves and Vegetables). The level of its influences were recorded and compared with each other. The most and least level of effects were determined.
18 traditional herbs were expected to have effect on blood sugar. Among these herbs 3 were Seeds, 4 Fruits or Fruit juice, 7 leaves and 4 Vegetables. The most reducing effect on FBS in Seeds group were Fenugreek seed (Trigonella), Coriander seed, Fleawort, in Fruits and Fruit juice lime juice and Ribes oriented in Leaves Endive (Cichorium), Nettle (Urtica), Fumaria, walnut leave (Juglan regia leave) and Kalpoore and in Vegetables, Garlic and Carrot. The results were statistically significant (p<0/05). Among all groups the Seeds showed significant reducing on blood sugar, while Fruit and Vegetable groups did not show a considerable effect and the Leaves group showed valuable effects.
It has been concluded that some traditional herbs have a considerable effect on FBS levels. Seeds particularly Fleawort, Fenugreek seed and Leaves Nettle, Endive, Kalpoore and walnut leaves are main edible herbs to control blood sugar in diabetic patients.