Psychology of Struggle

Living in distorted houses in narrow streets, walking long hours to reach the work place, travelling in packed buses and trains, dining over insufficient food sharply reminds us of the tormenting days which people live at some point of time in their lives. Days pass by, time changes, life moves on but what remain is the thought and experience gathered in the memory’s pages of history which we call ‘the past’. Essentially these passed events attach certain valuable aspects to the people who travel through the path of difficulty. The famous saying “tough time never last, tough people do” by Robert Schuller holds true here.

It is never the intensity of the situation but what matters is psychology of the individual confronting the situation. Some fight and overcome the barriers on the path of success while others succumb to the pain and hardship of the thorny roads, wrestling with such odd times arouse a sense of courage, tolerance and patience which are some of the important qualities required for survival.

Now we can understand the significance of the word ‘struggle’ which relates to every living being on this planet. No matter whether it is a sapling bursting out of the earth surface to become a plant and grow or a baby, being born tearing out the womb of the mother to face the world. Life broadly has two inevitable phases, one filled with pleasure and happiness while the other seems to be very burdensome, hard and strenuous. Both have an equal relevance as far as one’s wholeness is concerned. Only good times minus tears make a person immature, dependent, and crippled. On the other hand only hardship makes a man tough, apathetic and cruel. Hence a balance of both the elements makes an individual complete. Moreover, one can enjoy happiness only when he understands the pain of suffering.

Struggle gives us an opportunity to grow and move ahead in life. Most famous people have tough tales of struggle beneath their success. Success holds high value because it required toil, perseverance, conviction and ambition to achieve it.

There have been many books and films on the lives of great men highlighting their struggle. One of the books is ‘The long pursuit’ by Roy Morris which narrates Abraham Lincoln’s thirty years of struggle with his political rival Stephen Douglas which shaped and impacted the future of the country. Coming to films recently there was a Marathi movie by Paresh Mokashi, ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ which entailed the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke in making Raja Harishchandra in 1913, India’s first feature film. The film had got nominated for the Oscars.

Likewise there are people who have climbed the ladder of success leaving behind bitter stories. I would cite names of some notable persons who with their skill, effort and entrepreneurship enhanced the vision of the nation and proved themselves in every wake of life. It would begin with a personality who believed in “Life is Growth”, he is considered as India’s most enterprising entrepreneur and is the founder of the largest private sector company, The Reliance Group. Yes, the name is not difficult to recall ‘The Guru’ Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani, a rewind journey of his life would bring into light certain aspects of struggle that he did before being called ‘Dhirubhai’. He was the son of a school teacher, his entrepreneurial career started by selling ‘bhajias’ to pilgrims on weekends, then he worked as gas-station attendant and a clerk in a oil company in Yemen. Ten years later Reliance Commercial Corporation was set which was his first office in an area of only 350 sq. ft. He lived with his wife and children in a small flat in Mumbai during that period. Dhirubhai started his first textile mill at Naroda, Ahmedabad; this was in the year 1977. The popular brand ‘Vimal’ was his product. With time he diversified to telecommunication, information technology, energy, power, retail, capital market and more. He initiated the ‘equity cult’ in India. It was from 1977 to 2007 that the business tycoon topped the list of being second rich in the world. Today, Group’s annual revenue is in excess of US $ 28 billion. Reliance started from scratch and is a famous name today related with almost all sectors of business. To succeed in life one needs education, wealth, family background, he had none of them but yet he moved from rags to riches with his courage, boldness and intiative. Dhirubhai Ambani is a unique person and truly is an entrepreneur par excellence.

Struggle sagas when powered with examples, becomes easy to connect with the pain and strain that these people have been through in their life. The next important person is Brijmohan Lal Munjal, Chairman of Hero Group, a name synonym with two wheelers in India, hails from a simple middle-class family who sensing the pain of partition came to Amritsar, he and his brothers started a small business of selling bicycle components to manufacturers, slowly and steadily together they expanded their business to various parts of the nation, Gradually they turned on to be one of the largest bicycle part suppliers of the country. Later in the year 1952 they entered the manufacturing segment, with government support Hero Cycles was started and it ruled the market. Then it collaborated with Japan’s Honda and the famous Hero Honda was rolled out. Today Hero Group stands as the leader in motorcycles, manufacturing world’s largest number of motorbikes.

It is not about few names but it is about many of us who work hard to excel in our respective fields and hence we can define our psychology of struggle the best. Here is another such definition of Dr. Karsanbhai Kodidas Patel, an industrialist who was conferred with Padmashri Award (2010), founder of Nirma Group, a known name associated with detergent, soap and cosmetics. Recollecting his struggle story, it starts as, at the age of 21 after completing his B.Sc he started working as a lab technician, his creative interests made him start a business where he would bicycle neighbourhood places selling handmade detergent packet at a very low cost, slowly his product was liked and preferred over other brands, further he ventured into his new business without being afraid of failure. In a short span he popularized his product in Gujarat and Maharashtra further penetrated into the national market. Karsanbhai refuted old business theories and formulated new ones making Nirma available at a competitively cheaper price. With his innovative strategies, environment-friendly method and labour intensive manufacturing techniques; he conquered the domestic detergent market segment for quite long time putting behind bigger established brands.

The number would grow in huge number if enlisted but one thing is certain every name leaves a message beneath that is to walk without stopping till you attain the goal. Lastly, it is exactly like looking at the glass half filled with water, for some it is half empty and for others the glass is half filled. In other words one can approach a situation positively where he learns, understands and grows. Enriched in experience he attains unattainable goals and makes himself another Dhirubhai, Dadasaheb or Lincoln. Struggle requires attitude and nothing else.

Source by Nibedita Panda

Mirror Work Embroidery or Abla Embroidery Used in Fashion by Indian Designers

Mirror work is a traditional technique that is native to Gujarat in India. This technique has been extensively used for clothes and home accessories for many years. Indian designers have recently been using more of this technique for their runway and ready to wear collections. This technique has got a contemporary makeover by the Indian designers.

Some of the more recent examples of designers using this technique on the ramp include Abraham & Thakore and Payal Singhal. Both these contemporary designers have drawn inspiration from mirror work and used it in their collections.

Mirror Embroidery

Kaanch or Sisha embroidery is known as mirror-work or abla embroidery. Initially pieces of stones like mica were used rather than the mirrors but over time, small round mirrors or thin blown-glass pieces were broken and used.

Indian Designers and Abla Embroidery

Indian designers have made use of abla embroidery in various parts of their collections. The use has mainly been restricted to traditional garments and mainly for finishing touches. The use of extensive mirror work in collections of Designers from India is a rather new phenomenon.

Abraham & Thakore

The Indian designer duo of Abraham & Thakore used a combination of mirror work and subtle embroidery detailing. These designers are renowned for their contemporary interpretation of traditional Indian styles. The take in mirror work was no exception – these Indian designers use big mirrors on salwar kameez suits and on sarees.

While the choice of garments was exceptional, the execution of the vision was even more stylish. These designers showed (as they usually do) that it is possible to be modern and chic, and at the same time be inspired by Indian traditions

Payal Singhal

Payal Singhal’s latest collection showcased at the Lakme fashion week included a lot of pieces that featured mirror work

This designer created sarees, salwar kameez suits and lehengas (lenghas) – all featuring mirror detailing. The combination of mirror detailing on tops in peach and pink colours created a very unique look. The use of abla on lehengas has been traditional, but the colour combination and the general styling by Payal Singal made the pieces quite unique.


Mirror detailing has not been traditionally considered fashionable or chic. Each of the above mentioned Indian designers (Payal Singal and Abraham & Thakore) have used the technique in contemporary and fashionable manner. The promotion of this traditional technique by designers is certainly one in the right direction for traditional Indian crafts.

Source by V A Agarwal

Being a Widow in India is a Curse

As spectators to India’s surge ahead towards becoming a global nation we some times tend to forget the centuries old traditions that have often defined India across time. And even today’s generation thinks of India of yore it’s all the seemingly good things that come mind.

But along the superpower that India is, exists a rather rudimentary nation that still exists in the past. Mention the secluded lives of widows and many of us won’t even acknowledge that there are people who still think that the death of a spouse can alter the course of lives.

Lonely Images, a photo exhibition offered one such insight into the world of Indian widows. Often condemned to a life of loneliness and subjected to taunts, physical and mental torture at the hands of the deceased husband’s relatives, widows in India have no one else to turn to except gods.

Featuring the works of Ying Leong, Erik Boker, Brain Harmon and Vanessa Tang, Lonely Images highlights the women forced by centuries old traditions to renounce all of life’s luxuries.

Vanessa Tang shows the life of such women in the holy city of Benares. Tang’s lens captures the ‘slowness’ of a widows’ life along the banks of Ganga. The images are unlike anything that Incredible India would ever show you as they depict a world that is as old as time itself and yet survives parallel to the present.

Put together by the Guild For Service, an organisation dedicated to empowering women for more than forty years, the exhibition also highlights the work done by the Guild. Started in 1972 by the Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Mohini Giri, the organisation spearheads the movement for giving status to widows and bringing back dignity and joy to their lives.

Ying Leong’s photos feature the widows at Amar Bari, Guild For Service’s shelter home for widows in Vrindavan. The death of a husband changes everything for millions of women in India and more often than not this also means a journey to Vrindavan, one of India’s holiest town.

According to estimates Vrindavan has over 4,000 temples and the city is home to more than 20,000 widows. Forced to live according to the ancient scriptures such as The Dharmashatra, which covers the moral, ethical and social laws of ancient India, Amar Bari has women whom tradition expects to devote the remainder of their lives to the memory of the departed husband.

The last section of Lonely Images is made up by the joint works of Erik Boker and Brain Harmon. Large canvases featuring classical studio portraits of widowed women form a better part of the duo’s work. The images might be staged, the set-ups might be planned but the photographers nevertheless capture rare glimpses of happiness in their subjects.

Visually stunning and strong images, some of them break away from traditional portraits and focus on cutaways and close ups of hands and eyes. It might be very easy for many of us to shun the rules of yore by spinning yarns of progress but we need to understand that no matter how far we come some part of the past just refuse to die.

NOTE: This photography exhibition in Delhi depicts clearly the lonely images of an Indian widow’s life.

Source by Mahatru Goyal

Dating Places in Bangalore

Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, has grown out as a cosmopolitan city, thanks to the influx of people coming down from various parts of the country and the globe. The weather condition of Bangalore is really good and it has many places that are worth visiting. The concept of pubs, dining out, shopping at malls has become common and people love indulging in them on weekends.

The percentage of the young crowd is high here and this could be one of the reasons why pubs and discotheques are a hit here. Due to the young crowd, dating in Bangalore is also becoming quite common and a number of youngsters can be seen roaming hand in hand.

Best Places to Date in Bangalore

When it comes to dating in Bangalore, parks are placed at the top of the list. Some of the parks that are frequented by youngsters are Lal Bagh, Wonder La Amusement Park, Freedom Park, Cubbon Park etc. The Amusement Park of Wonder La is quite a new craze in Bangalore, as it has a water park and an amusement park with both dry and water rides. It is located on the road to Mysore and costs Rs 450 for a single individual to go and enjoy in the amusement park.

The Hesaraghatta Lake is situated about 29 kilo meters from the city. This is yet another hot spot for lovers who can enjoy taking a stroll beside the lake and also enjoy with their partners. There are sailing facilities available here. Go slightly further down about 40 kilo meters and you can enjoy the Omthara Kala Kuteera. It is indeed a pleasant drive away from the city’s hustle and bustle and couples can spend quiet time together and enjoy the pastoral beauty and scenic surroundings.

If you don’t mind going further down, then you can visit Muthyala Maduvu, which is located 44 kilo meters from the city and is a popular picnic getaway. Enjoy the rustic surroundings and the waterfall. Shivganga, one of the famous dating places in Bangalore, is also ideal for one day trekking and you get to spend time away from the crowded city. If your partner wishes to go further down, then there is the Halenijagal amongst superb woody valleys and hills.

Enjoy a perfect date with your loved one around the cool Chunchi Falls, which is located at a distance of 85 kilo meters from the main city. The place is pebble strewn, so one needs to be careful. Check out the Chamrajsagar reservoir which is a drive of 35 kilo meters and it is the ideal place to rejuvenate far away from the maddening city crowd. On airport road is located Devanahalli. Here, you can enjoy a day’s trip visiting the beautiful and rich architecture of the temples. When it comes to dating in Bangalore, Nandi hills is yet another hot spot and you get to visit beautiful Chola style temples and you would surely cherish the picturesque beauty. Couples who are interested in fishing can check out for the Kanva Reservoir and you would find that it to be an interesting place worth visiting.

Mekedatu is around one hundred kilo meters from the city and is quite a hot spot for dating couples. Other places for dating in Bangalore include malls like Garuda Mall, Sigma mall, Lido Mall, Mantri Mall and so on, where couples can have a wonderful time hand in hand. Coffee houses and pubs too are ideal places to date in Bangalore. Coffee World and Barista are places worth visiting for dating. Enjoy good food and drinks at pubs with your partner.

Source by Paul Kahn

Overview of ‘Make in India’ Automotive Sector Report 2016

The Government of India recently released the Make in India Automotive Sector report towards highlighting the progress of the Automotive Sector in terms of production enhancements as a result of the policies adopted by the Government of India. As per this report all the major parameters of manufacturing progress which are production, exports and sales have seen a healthy increase and has shown an impressive growth momentum. The most important Key Takeaways from the report are:

Improved Infrastructure

The leading Automobile companies of the world, such as Isuzu Motors, Ford Motors, Tata Motors and Suzuki Motors etc. have invested quite heavily in the sector thereby creating huge manufacturing capabilities to take on much larger orders from across the globe. Whereas Isuzu, Tata, Force Motors, Suzuki, Mercedes Benz and Magneti Mareli all came up with their new plants in the last two years, many other companies have set up Research and Development centres towards development of more models and newer technologies.

Rise in Production, Exports and Sales

All the three parameters of Production, Exports and Sales showed healthy increases with the Production increasing by 2.6% in FY 015-2106 with a total production output of 23,960,940 vehicles. At the same time, the sale of passenger vehicles increased by 7.24% in FY 2015-16 with the utility vehicles growing at 6.25%, Vans at 3.58% and Passenger Cars at 7.87%. The commercial vehicles segment grew at a robust 11.51% with medium and heavy commercial vehicles segment growing the fastest, at 29.91% over the previous year. Similarly, three wheeler sales grew by 1.03%, two wheelers by 3.01% along with a healthy increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles. The automobile exports also great at 1.91% in spite of the tough global economic environment. Two wheelers accounted for the largest share of exports at 69.4% in FY2015-2016. The auto component industry also grew by 8.8% contributing 4% to the overall Exports of the country.

Fiscal Incentives by the Government

There were several incentives offered to the Automobile manufacturing companies to promote the industry in a big way. The Excise duty on chassis of ambulance was reduced from 24% to 12.5% the incentives on the electric and hybrid vehicles were also given by way of reduces excise duties. Along with these various incentives were given to the creation of skilled manpower in the sector through the Automotive Skill Development Council as well as increasing the budget outlay of National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) TO 3727 Crores in July 2016.

As is evident, the Government of India has been promoting the automotive production in this country in a big way and has taken various steps towards capacity building and research and development to increase global competencies in the automotive sector. This Automotive Sector Report offers a detailed insight into all these efforts of the Government and the Industry.

Source by Rahul Grover

Exploring the Northeastern Section of India

It is rather strange that the most beautiful section of India, the Northeastern region, is much less explored by travelers who tour India than many other cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Calcutta. This region is in fact connected to the rest of the country by narrow lands of Butane and Bangladesh. Actually this whole area was not connected to the outer world until recent times.

The issue is that there are many tensions around this marvelous section of India. The fleeting of a large number of Bangladeshis to the country and the tribal manners of many of the inhabitants of the area, and the fact that the tribes fight within themselves created some problems. However, tourists who travel to India are never the target of any of these conflicts. The situation, moreover, has largely improved over the years.

Northeastern India enjoy a diversity of peoples and landscapes that would surely grab the attention of thousands of tourists who spend their vacations in India to explore the area. The area enjoys hosting a wonderful variety of animals, plants, and flowers that represent not less than 50% of the Indian biodiversity.

Among the most significant regions of Northeastern India is Assam. Highly dominated by the River Brahmaputra. The valley of this river is actually surrounded by the foothills of the Himalaya from one side and the Meghalaya Hills from the other side offering tourists who travel to India marvelous opportunities for enjoy nature like anywhere else in the world.

The region is also famous for the production of oil and tea as it produces more than 50% of the country’s tea. Most of the tea estates were actually founded by the British colonists when they occupied the region. They also established many golf clubs in the region. Many of the travelers enjoying their holidays in India would love to explore rather remote cities and area that are off the touristic track.

Located inside the capital of the region of Assam, the Guwahati Temple is the center of the Kali cult in the country that is remarkable for its architecture and for its historical significance. Other attractions in the region include the Kaziranga National Park. However, the most interesting attraction of the area is definitely Majuli, the largest river island in the whole globe. This island is home for many traditional Indian temples and it attracts a number of travelers who tour India.

Guwahati is yet another important city located in the region. Overlooking the Brahmaputra River, Gawahati is the center of the region and the main starting point for any tours in the area. This is why tourists who travel to India must spend a night or two in the city.

Away from some wonderful Indian temples, the city hosts many interesting local bazaars that sell simple handcrafts productions like baskets. This is in addition to tea, the most important commodity in the region. Travelers who spend their vacations in India may also visit the tea auction center of the region.

Tourists who travel to India and visit the Northeastern section of the country often visit the Umananda Temple. Located inside the peacock island in the Brahmaputra River, the remarkable location and landscape where the temple is located is actually more notable than the temple itself. However, tourists might be able to meet some wonderful animals like different sorts of monkeys and rhinos.

Source by Medhat Elsergany

Conference Hall Facilities Are A Necessity For All Business Travelers Visiting India’s Capital City

In the event that you too are a business explorer, you can similarly altogether appreciate the in a split second conspicuous enormity of the astounding tourism alternatives displayed by Delhi. Besides, the lifestyle and rich culture, individuals of Delhi love music. Along these lines, come and appreciate the mood this city brings to the table with its various and lovely liberality, fastidious engineering, thus on make it a paradise.

In case you need to visit the country, you can scan for Conference halls in Delhi. Other than return trips by flights, you in like manner find the opportunity to remain in a sumptuous hotel in India including profiting of various workplaces. With protracted business among states and nations, business voyagers’ finish off the flights and the business lodgings in the capital city are extremely prominent and generally favored.

Since the launch of the Delhi Airport Express Metro line in the month of February 2011, the business travelers are now more well-equipped to travel with ease and also save up on the time spent during travel as this metro is all designed to connect the city center directly with the airport. You can also search for Banquet Halls Near Karol Bagh.

Now with the invasion of a large number of guests and especially the business class visitors, the city’s hotel and hospitality sector also is now capable of the utmost level of service with the state of the art faculty and facility. The business hotels are a meeting spot for the business travelers, diplomats and expats who visit Delhi for their business purposes. Also, these hotels cater to leisure and common travelers and residents as a venue for their important occasions. For example, many of them want good Banquet Halls near Karol Bagh for organizing their important functions and events.

There are mainstream places like the close airplane terminal zones or the corporate center point regions, which are more prevalent among the business voyagers as they don’t wish to invest an excessive amount of energy making a trip forward and backward from their inns to their fancied corporate center workplaces. Furthermore, in the event that you are such a corporate voyager, who is wanting to organize best meeting corridor offices in Delhi, then look no more and stress no more as the city being the national and political capital of India, stands prepared to charm you with its adequate lodgings and gathering lobby administrations.

There are many hotels offering conference hall in Delhi and also have area with facility for lodgings and if you though they are just for leisure travelers then you need to change your views as these hotels are also known to likewise cater the needs of a working class corporate guests as well. You will discover different spending plan lodgings in the range of Karol Bagh Market. The budget stay options in Delhi’s ‘Karol Bagh’ area are ample and such stay service providers also offer a wide range of offices and administrations that you anticipate from cordiality industry.

Source by Manoj Tomar

Tourism Through The Ages

The industry of tourism is at its peak. This is not just applicable to one country or one continent. In fact, thanks to the power of the World Wide Web and social media, people are discovering other countries aside from their own. Tourism has changed in a way because people are now more open to share their experiences while travelling to foreign places. Through blogs and reviews complete with photo and videos, others can have a glimpse at someone else’s getaway before they decide that they want it also for themselves.

Travelling has also been easier thanks to more affordable flights that allow people to plan trips around the world. People from Asia, for example, can now explore South America and then plan their next exploration to Europe. With the efficiency of air travel, tourism allows people to get to a location fast and without hassle. Compared to sea-faring and land travel during the olden days, a traveller’s time to explore is too short. These days, one can take the time to enjoy the scenery and immerse in the culture before he or she goes back home.

The scope of the word “tourism” has changed. Far from the usual sight-seeing and a little cultural exposure, the word now involves other industries. Terms like medical tourism or entertainment tourism are now widely used that people go to certain countries to avail of medical treatments or watch concerts. Because of these aspects that are now part of tourism, the beauty in each country is highlighted. And this beauty goes beyond the scenic places. After all, a huge part of tourism has to do with the people and culture. When these positive aspects in a place are highlighted, many people will be encouraged to experience a country first-hand.

Tourism is improving day by day. As fast as the changes in technology, people are being presented with more options to explore the world. Unlike during the earlier times, tourism can now be enjoyed by all kinds and standing of people. Thanks to globalization, the limits and boundaries are now expanding, letting people explore the world outside of their comfort zones. This era is the best time to discover and to enjoy the rest of the world. If you want to see the world, the industry of tourism is putting on a great show that will make you amazed at the world you live in.

Source by Iain Taragon

Old Indian Coins Value Even Today!

Just about anyone can become a coin collector. You can take up coin collecting either as a serious hobby or a casual pastime. Old Indian coins are highly valued and collecting them can be very addictive as well. A coin-collector is called a numismatist and once you become one, you can collect any kind of coins you choose. The Indian coin lineage is a very ancient one and the oldest Indian coinage date back to 2,600 odd years. Some varieties date way back to the Kanishka Dynasty and feature Zoroastrian ideas and Iranian goddesses.

A treasure-house of history:

India has a very rich historical past and any talk about Indian coinage is incomplete without a mention of the county’s history. Alexander the Great left his mark on Indian coins and so did the Dutch and the Portuguese. The British of course ruled India for close to 4 centuries and left an indelible print on Indian coinage. Numerous varieties were minted and various metals used.

All these varieties are important links to the country’s past and are messengers of the rich and varied culture of the country. These ancient coins were of various metals ranging from precious ones like gold and silver to less-precious ones like copper. Some varieties were also made of an alloy of 5 different metals.

Highly valued:

Today, though the ancient coinage is made out of gold and silver are highly valued, other metal coins are very valuable as well. In olden times, the intrinsic value of the metal was equal to the face value of the coin. Today, it’s not the cost of the metal that matters, it’s the fact that they belonged to a different era that does! Error coins are rare and many collectors of old Indian coins are willing to pay a high price for them. Very popular are the British India coins. They were made of silver and later on, most were made out of a copper and silver alloy. They were imprinted with faces of King George, including others.

Where can you buy them?

Old Indian coins can be bought and sold online through auction sites. Several serious collectors also advertise their coins online and you can contact them from there. Reputed online auction houses charge you a commission against any sale they have made and you might be able to acquire these old coins for a better rate by going directly to a coin dealer. Always be wary when you buy or sell old varieties as there are several unscrupulous people who might be waiting to make a fast buck by selling authentic-looking replicas. Above all, enjoy your coin collecting hobby and have fun.

Source by Richard Rosenhaft

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels With 13 Indian Herbs – A Natural Diabetes Treatment

Indian Herbs For Natural Diabetes Treatment

1. Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)

Bitter melon is widely used in Indian medicine as a treatment option for diabetes. It is cultivated extensively in Asia, and parts of Africa and South America.

2. Cherukurinja (Gymnema Sylvestre)

Cherukurinja also known as Meshasringi or Gurmar is popular in India as a “sugar killer”. It is primarily used in the treatment of Type II diabetes. It is a common ingredient in herbal formulas aimed at reducing blood sugar levels. It is also known to have weight reduction properties by reducing the sweet cravings of patients. It increases the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin as well as insulin receptors in cells, thereby helping to control blood sugar levels. Gymnema extract is produced from the leaves of the plant. The leaves are dried and powdered along with coriander; the juice is then prepared and consumed orally for managing high blood sugar levels.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is more popular as a herbal remedy for burns and skin diseases, but recent studies point out the possibility of Aloe Vera’s ability to reduce blood sugar levels. A recent Japanese study isolated phytosterol compounds from Aloe Vera gel that could lower blood sugar. In addition glycosylated hemoglobin levels were also found to be controlled with the use of Aloe Vera gel.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is known to reduce fasting blood glucose levels as well as cholesterol levels – LDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol are reduced with as low as 1 g of cinnamon a day. Cinnamon is obtained from the bark of a tropical evergreen tree of the Lauraceae family. It is used as a spice for seasoning curries and other Indian food items. It has other medicinal properties such as its ability to reduce nausea and increase appetite. It is also known to be a cure for gastro-intestinal problems such as gas and indigestion. Cinnamon is known to improve the insulin response of fat cells in the body and can increase the conversion of blood sugar to energy by as much as 200%. It also reduces the formation of free radicals thereby delaying the manifestation of diabetic complications.

5. Indian Kino (Pterocarpus Marsupium)

Indian Kino (Pterocarpus Marsupium) also known as Malabar Kino is a huge deciduous tree normally found in South India and Sri Lanka. It is also known as Pitasara or Venga. It has a proven effect of lowering the glucose absorption from the gastrointestinal tract as well as in increasing insulin levels in the body. It is also known to regenerate pancreatic cells that produce insulin, called beta cells. This regeneration is something no other drug or herbal remedy has been able to achieve. It has been used in India for a long time in the treatment of diabetes. In an experiment in rats, it was found that the epicatechin extracted from the bark of the Malabar Kino was shown to prevent beta cell damage artificially induced by alloxan.

6. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Fenugreek can be grown in your house as a herb in a pot. It is vastly found all over China and the Mediterranean areas. Fenugreek leaves as well as seeds are used as a seasoning in most Indian foods. Fenugreek seeds are fiber rich and that is what contributes to its ability to control diabetes. There is another active component in the fenugreek seeds known as trigonelline which has blood sugar lowering properties. Fenugreek is widely cultivated as a crop, and it has other medicinal properties such as ability to improve appetite and manage gastrointestinal problems and skin diseases. It is also known to improve lactation and aid faster healing of wounds and is often an integral part of traditional Indian treatment for women post delivery and as a health supplement for lactating mothers.

7. Gooseberry

Gooseberry or Amla as it is locally known in India, a good source of Vitamin C and has a lot of antioxidants. Traditionally the juice of gooseberry is mixed with bitter gourd juice as a treatment for diabetes. The ratio is typically one teaspoon of gooseberry juice for one cup of bitter gourd juice. The medicinal property of amla is supposed to improve the insulin generation capability of the pancreas. Amla can also be used in powdered form after drying and grounding it. The vitamins are preserved even in the dried form and it is considered a much better source of Vitamin C than grapefruit and lemons. It is also used for treatment of urinary infections as it is known to reduce the body heat. It also reduces body fat and is good for the eyes. Thus it can effectively delay the onset of diabetic retinopathy in patients.

8. Tenner’s Cassia

The flower and seeds of Tenner’s Cassia are found to be effective in lowering blood sugar levels. It can be mixed with honey and consumed daily.

9. Blueberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus)

Blueberry leaves have been traditionally used as a treatment for diabetes. It has an active ingredient called myrtillin that helps to reduce blood sugar levels. It also strengthens the blood vessels and reduces the adverse effects of free radicals in the body. Blueberry leaves are also used in the treatment of diabetic eye diseases. Bilberry is another plant that can lower the risks of diabetic eye diseases such as cataract and retinopathy. Other herbal remedies commonly used in the treatment of diabetes include onion, garlic, gymnema, Momordica charantia and nopal. Leaves of certain plants have been traditionally used in Indian medicine for treatment of diabetic patients. Here is a list of leaves that are commonly used.

10. Leaves of Mango for controlling diabetes

Mango is known as the king of fruits in India. It is consumed in large quantities all over India during the summer months as a tasty fruit. The leaves of the mango tree are used as a treatment for diabetes. The tender leaves are soaked overnight and the next day morning, it is squeezed and filtered out. The water containing the essence of the mango leaves is consumed every morning for reducing blood sugar levels. Mango leaves can also be dried and powdered and consumed in powder form. The recommended dosage is one teaspoon of this powder twice daily.

11. Neem Leaves (Azadirachta indica)

Neem leaves are also well known in India for its anti-diabetic properties. Again, the leaves can be consumed in dried powder form or in the form of juice. The recommended dosage for diabetic patients is typically five ml in the morning. Neem leaves are bitter in taste and diabetic patients may find it difficult to follow this regime. It is usually sweetened with honey, which is not harmful for a diabetic patient despite its sweetness. Diabetic patients should follow this treatment for a prolonged period of time before any noticeable results are obtained.

12. Curry Leaves (Murraya Koenigi)

Curry leaves are typically used as a seasoning in Indian cooking because of its unique flavor. It can be ground with coconut and used as a dip or it can be added to yoghurt as a seasoning. It is also known to aid weight loss, thus obese patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes are often advised to include this in their daily diets.

13. Sweet Potato Leaves

Sweet potato leaves are also extremely beneficial in treating diabetes. However the fruit contains a lot of starch and therefore should be consumed only in very small portion sizes by diabetic patients. Sweet potato leaves can be added along with tea leaves while preparing tea. If used in powdered form then about six teaspoons of powder can be boiled in one cup of water and consumed daily.

Source by Bob D Williams