The Anti Diabetic Medicinal Plant List


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Partial list of medicinal plants with anti diabetic properties (in progress)


Below is a list of the most commonly known herbs with anti diabetic properties. There are over 400 herbs known to have anti diabetic properties, but most are poorly understood and studied. Using herbs to treat diabetes is not as easy as taking pills or using insulin, but the results can be long lasting and healing.

To get results you must understand how herbs work. Their use require time, patience and knowledge about the disease you are attempting to cure. Herbs have different potency and purity, and that is not always easy to determine. They have different effects for different people. Experimentation is key to obtain results. Most importantly is not to give up on them because results are not seen immediately.



Common nameLatin nameParts used

Aegle marmelos(Aegle marmelos)fruits
Agrimony(Agrimonia eupatoria)                                leaves
Aloe vera(Aloe vera)leaves
Amla(Phyllanthus emblica)fruits
Artemisia(Artemisia vulgaris)leaves
Barberry(Berberis Vulgaris)fruits
Brazilian orchid tree(Bauhinia forficata)leaves
Bilberry(Vaccinium myrtillus)fruit
Bitter melon(Momordica Charantia)fruit
Black seeds(Nigella sativa)seeds
Blueberry(Vaccinium corymbosum L.)fruit
Burdock(Arctium lappa)root, leaf, seed, stem
Camel’s foot tree(Phanera variegata)flowers, stem
Cannabis(Cannabis Sativa)leaf, seeds
Chili pepper(Capsicum)fruit
Cinnamon(Cinnamomum verum)bark
Cluster fig tree(Ficus glomerata)
Coriander(Coriandrum sativum)
Damiana(Turnera diffusa)
Dandelion(Taraxacum officinale)leafs, root
Holy basil(Ocimum sanctum)
Enicostemma littorale blume(Enicostemma littorale blume)
Fenugreek(Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fig leafs(Ficus carica)
Garlic(Allium sativum)
Ginkgo biloba(Ginkgo biloba)
Ginger(Zingiber officinale)
Goat’s rue(Galega officinalis)
Guggul(Commiphora Wightii)
Grape(Vitis vinifera)seed extract
Green Tea(Camellia sinensis)leaves
Guduchi(Tinospora cordifolia)
Gymnema(Gymnema sylvestre)
Indian banyan(Ficus Benghalensis)
Indian gooseberry (amla)(Phyllanthus emblica)
Indian fig tree(ficus glomerata)
Indian kino tree(Pterocarpus marsupium)
Ivy gourd(Coccinia grandis)
Jack fruit(Artocarpus heterophyllus) leaves
Jambu fruit(Ptilinopus jambu)
jambul(Syzygium cumini)
Loquat(Eriobotrya japonica)
Mango leaves(Mangifera indica)
Milk thistle(Silybum marianum)
Mugworth(Artemisia vulgaris)
Nopal(Opuntia streptacantha)
Olive(Olea europaea) oil
Psyllium(Plantago ovata) seeds
Pedra hume caá(Myrcia uniflora)
Stevia(Stevia rebaudiana)
White button mushroom(Agaricus bisporus)
White mulberry(Morus alba)
Wormwood(Artemisia absinthium)


Herbs and plant preparations have served man for thousands of years before modern medicine. In the quest for food, mankind has learned about their healing powers. Some nourished, some killed, and some others healed diseases and ailments. Even today is estimated that about 80% of African and Asian populations rely on traditional medicine for their primary healthcare (WHO, 2008)

Most compounds we find in modern medicine still come from plants. As an example, biguanide and metformin are considered one of the first-line agents used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Their use is traced back to traditional use of Galega officinalis to treat diabetes. The modern medication are a byproduct in the search to identify active compounds with reduced toxicity (Cusi and Defronzo 1998).

Yet we mostly rely on modern medications to solve our problems. Herb compounds have some advantages, as they are less prone to undesirable side effects. Herbs are also cheaper, and in many cases free as they can grown them in our own garden.

Despite the historical use of herbs and plants to treat diabetes, one of the major concerns for this area of study is the lack of consistent data, prof of efficacy, and directions on how to use. These limitations are in part responsible for skepticism from the public. However, there is growing evidence of efficacy, and demonstrations of favorable effect for the treatment of diabetes, as it can be found in a variety of scientific studies.

There are thousands of plants known to have anti diabetic effects. Of these, 400 are fairly known and among these, 80 are of easily accessible and preparations can be found in natural food stores and pharmacies. However, there are more than 1200 botanicals, including algae, fungi that have been identify. To see the complete list, click here

This is a partial list of plants with anti-diabetic properties: if you know of any plant that is not in this list, please feel free to add it to the list by simply sending me a message using the form bellow



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Marcos Taquechel

Marcos is an RN. Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. I hope you are able to get something useful out of this blog. Take good care of yourself and don't worry about anything until you have something to worry about.

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