Herbal Remedies for Diabetes: Curry Leaves, Cinnamon & Gooseberry

Some plants have medicinal properties, are non-toxic and are very effective for diabetes. There are herbs that help in production of insulin and also help to lower blood sugar.

We are now presenting a series of 3 articles each highlighting various herbal remedies available for Diabetes. This article particularly emphasizes how the use of Butea Leaves, Cinnamon, Curry Leaves and Gooseberry is beneficial for Diabetics.

Butea-Leaves And Cinnamon For Diabetes Cure

Butea Leaves (Botanical Name – Butea monosperma)

  • Popularly known as flame of the forest.
  • The leaves of this tree are valuable and help in lowering blood sugar.
  • They are also useful in a condition called glycosuria (presence of large amount of glucose in the urine).
  • The leaves of Butea tree can either be chewed or taken in decoction or infusion form.

Cinnamon (Botanical name – Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

  • This is a popular herb and spice and is used widely.
  • It plays an important role in the treatment of diabetes because it stimulates insulin activity. Only a small amount is sufficient to stimulate insulin activity.
  • It controls blood sugar level.
  • Other herbs and spices useful for treating diabetes are bay leaves, cloves and turmeric.

Remedies For Diabetes Using Curry Leaves And Gooseberry

Curry Leaves (Botanical name – Murraya koenigi)

  • The leaves of this shrub are aromatic and slightly bitter.
  • They are of great food value to diabetics and are valuable herbal remedies.
  • To prevent diabetes of a hereditary origin eat at-least 10 fresh fully-grown curry leaves every morning for three months.
  • It also helps in weight reduction and is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes due to obesity. The diabetic patient stops passing sugar in the urine as weight reduces.

Gooseberry – (Botanical name – Emblica officinalis)

  • The Gooseberry is one of the most ideal food-medicine for diabetes.
  • It stimulates secretion of natural insulin.
  • Mix a Tablespoon of gooseberry juice to a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, take it daily for 2 months for beneficial results.
  • It helps reduce blood sugar in diabetics.
  • It also helps prevent eye complications in diabetics.
  • Diet restrictions should be strictly followed besides this regime


  1. B.B.C said:

    I am age 35 and having a high blood pressure and doctor adviced me to take medicines but I don’t want to go for it. Therefore, is there any herbal medicine which can help me to reduce the BP without medicine.
    Do taking neem leaves juice help us to reduce blood pressure. Do suggest me and also do suggest me other alternatives measures.

    September 2, 2009
    • SB said:

      Hi, don’t take Azadirachta indica alone it may reduce your sugar. You are having incomplete formula.

      BP can be fully controlled. I need to know full details then only I can advice you which herbs can suit your metabolism. Azadirachta indica reduces sugar level and purifies blood. But if you take in more quantity then it may affect your beta cell in pancreas which releases amicylin which is part of insulin. So better be careful b4 taking anything as medicine.

      November 12, 2010
  2. AK said:

    I am a 50 years old man and suffering from diabetes since last 8 years. I request you to provide me the names of some easily available herbal plants and their products with the medicinal properties and uses. Also please list out some natural remedies for diabetes.

    July 16, 2010
  3. SB said:

    Please do not take any herbal remedies; from last 6 months I have been getting lot of mails, sugar level has increased after taking incomplete formula. Don’t play with your body organs by trying different herbs and home remedies. Pancreas is very delicate organ. You have to consult proper experienced doctor.

    November 12, 2010
  4. M N said:

    I fully agree with this comment. I had formed rashes on my body later I had nonstop bleeding in my stool after taking this curry leaves. My uncle always gets vomiting when he use to take curry leaves. His pancreas was swollen due to curry leaves.

    November 16, 2010
  5. r said:

    I am 37, diabetic for 4 years now. I am using Zoryl M1 daily twice. I need suggestions of herbal medicines to control diabetes.

    January 21, 2012
  6. PA said:

    My age is 65 years and I am having diabetes for past 10 years, my glucose level ranges from 152 to 162. I am maintaining ideal weight. I am vegetarian. Can you tell which herbs can be used to reduce glucose level?

    May 8, 2012
    • PUP said:

      I assume the range that you have mentioned is post prandial blood sugar. You are maintaining your blood sugar very well. Are you taking any anti diabetic medicine, if so continue it as advised by your doctor. With this range you just need to avoid sugar, eat balanced diet and do mild to moderate exercise and of course take your medicine regularly. But at this stage you should avoid herbs lest the blood sugar may further become low. For your knowledge following herbs have powerful effect in lowering blood sugar: Cinnamon bark, Devils Claw, Siberian Ginseng, Fenugreek and Bilberry.

      May 9, 2012
  7. Shane said:

    I am 48 yrs old male. Recently when I checked my Fast Blood Sugar it was reported to be 258. How can I reduce my FBS without taking medicines? I only want to control with diet.

    November 5, 2012
    • PUP said:

      With a very high fasting blood sugar, you cannot take a chance of controlling sugar with dieting. You will have to take medications. Reducing intake of carbohydrates and sugar will complement the main line treatment. Consult a good physician to start the treatment as early as possible,

      November 5, 2012

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