During a 14- day Ayurvedic program I reduced my insulin dosage by over 50% and felt a new type of energy that I have never felt before. Maybe there are more possibilities for us with type 1 diabetes than we have been told from Western medicine?
Here’s my summary of the treatment and how I see the future of my diabetes.
The use of Ayurvedic medicine
Ever since I got diabetes type 1 in 2011 I have had the belief that there are more possibilities than just to give up, shoot insulin and wait for the insulin production to completely disappear. As with a scar, I believe that everything in our body has the ability to heal. The question is how to facilitate the healing.
“Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that’s truly stood the test of time. First originating in the Vedic culture of India, it’s actually considered by many to be the oldest healing science there is.”Dr Axe
Before my trip to Turkey, where I did the treatment, I knew nothing about Ayurveda. I did know however, that the doctor had successfully treated numerous diseases, including cancer. In fact the reason the Sri Lankan doctor was in Turkey was because he cured the owner of a hotel here in Turkey of cancer, prompting the hotel owner to invite him to practice out of his hotel.
And now it was time to see what he could do for my type 1 diabetes.
A tailored treatment program
Before I started my treatment I used 25 units of long-lasting insulin each day (Novo Nordisk Insulatard).
The first day the doctor read my pulse for about 10 minutes. It was an interesting experience, and incredible how accurate he could read my sickness history and my ailments. He did know beforehand that I had diabetes, but he knew nothing about the cancer I had and other issues. My pulse was revealing it all.
The pulse was also revealing what is known in Ayurveda as dosha. There are three types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. A core belief of Ayurveda is that disease and illness originate from an imbalance in the three energies and a disconnect from nature. For me, the imbalance was in the Kapha and I’m labeled as a Vata Pitta person.
Based on this reading the doctor then made a specific 14- day program for me, and got me started right away.
A summary of the 14 day program
Overall you can say that the treatment has been about two things: Detox and rebuilding.
The doctor emphasizes the detox part and I understand why. It makes perfect sense to get rid of all the toxicity before you start healing the body. This detox program has been both pleasant and unpleasant, and has included massages and sauna (the pleasant part) to a complete intestinal detox using a laxative pill, cleaning my lungs through induced vomit and last but not least, cleaning my blood with leeches. Yes, it’s been a hard program but it has also been effective.
With a clean slate to work on, the doctor has worked on my body and mind using herbs, acupuncture and other treatments I will share more in detail in a later post. All with the goal to reactivate my pancreas.
And over the 14 days I have slowly reduced my insulin dosage in 5 unit increments to the level I’m today – at 10 units. That’s over 50% reduction in 14 days!
During the treatment, I kept eating ketogenic with an emphasis on vegetables. However, I did not work out much as the treatment drained me of energy. And yet I could reduce my insulin dosage and maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
A new hope for diabetes
I feel this treatment has shown that there are more possibilities for us with type 1 diabetes than what we are told in Western medicine. In my experience doctors paint a picture of a life where I have no other option than to shoot insulin according to my meal. Clearly, there is something more we can do.
These 14 days show the complete opposite. There are possibilities! We are not victims.
This treatment or any other lifestyle change is however not a quick-fix. It requires patience and dedication to be consistent over time. The reward in my view is worth it. The change that I have seen in 14 days is huge, and over the next 6 months the body will be able to make use of the reset I have been given to continue the healing.
I’m however without my doctor now. The journey forward will be all dependent on me and my actions. To live a life that is supporting my body and soul and not depleting it.
This includes less stressing and worrying. It includes stretching and exercise. And it will include making some changes to my keto diet by including more greens and herbs in my meals. And reducing coffee and alcohol – two things I really enjoy.
To see what my body is capable of, I’m willing to make these changes, even though some of them feel like a sacrifice right now..
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To health and possibilities for us with diabetes.