Have you ever suffered from low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia? If so, you understand the impact it can have on your body, ranging from sweating and shakiness to mental impairment. Luckily there’s something you can do about it – and naturally at that! Read on to learn how you can address your blood sugar woes.
Have you ever suffered from low blood sugar? If you regularly feel the effects of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia as it’s also known, you realize the impact it can have on your body and ultimately your every day functionality and activity. My husband suffers from low blood sugar from time to time, and not only does it have an effect on his health, it also makes him crabby!
Simply put, low blood sugar is a nuisance at the very least and can be extremely detrimental to your overall health.
Luckily there’s something you can do about it - and naturally at that! Read on to find out more about how you can address your blood sugar woes with this natural herbal blend.
Blood Sugar Basics
The symptoms of low blood sugar are various and range from minor to severe (including coma, brain damage and eventual death). The most common symptoms are:
• Shakiness, anxiety, nervousness, tremor
• Palpitations, tachycardia
• Sweating, feeling of warmth
• Pallor, coldness, clamminess
• Dilated pupils
• Feeling of numbness "pins and needles" in the fingers
• Abnormal mentation, impaired judgement
• Nonspecific dysphoria, anxiety, moodiness, depression, crying
• Negativism, irritability, belligerence, combativeness, rage
• Personality change, emotional lability
• Fatigue, weakness, apathy, lethargy, daydreaming, sleep
• Confusion, amnesia, dizziness, delirium
• Staring, "glassy" look, blurred vision, double vision
• Automatic behavior, also known as automatism
• Difficulty speaking, slurred speech
• Ataxia, incoordination, sometimes mistaken for "drunkenness"
• Focal or general motor deficit, paralysis, hemiparesis
• Paresthesias, headache
• Stupor, coma, abnormal breathing
• Generalized or focal seizures
Low blood sugar may result from any one of several conditions:
1. Overproduction of insulin
2. Damage to liver cells
3. Insufficient secretion of adrenocortical hormones
4. Pituitary gland abnormalities
The below blend is designed to remedy cause #3 above. Since the effects of stress are felt mainly by the adrenals, it is probably that most cases of hypoglycemia are of this type. Prolonged hypoglycemia that resists the measures presented here should be treated by a competent physician. “Functional” hypoglycemia, due to severe muscular exertion, poor nutrition and other stressors, will yield nicely to the tonic effects of this blend.
LICORICE ROOT’s role in treating hypoglycemia is to increase the effectiveness of glucocorticoids (adrenal hormones) circulating in the liver, and to mimic the action of these hormones itself. This mechanism would work in cases of low blood sugar brought on by adrenal stress. Often the adrenals simply cannot keep up with the demands of stress on the body. Licorice root can help to reverse the symptoms, but long term health maintenance demands better overall nutrition at the very least. Complete adrenal exhaustion is known as Addison’s disease. In this condition none of the three major classes of adrenalcortical hormones are being produced. Some rather severe problems develop. Licorice root constituents have been shown to help the body overcome adrenal failure, which could lead to Addison’s disease. Their effectiveness derives from their ability to maintain the proper electrolyte balance in tissues (normally the role of aldosterone) and from their ability to prevent the enzymatic destruction of whatever glucocorticoids and mineralcorticoids happen to be present in the cells, thus allowing these hormones to circulate and be active longer.
GOTU KOLA is used to build up good adrenal health.
SIBERIAN GINSENG, through the interplay of its many active constituents, including the panaxosides and ginsengosides, is often able to normalize physiological imbalances. In this case, research has shown that it can raise abnormally low blood sugar levels and that it can lower abnormally high blood sugar levels. Ginseng’s effect on blood sugar levels is probably the indirect result of its effect on the total organism. Since a person suffering from hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia presents a complex picture of physiological symptoms, including deficiencies and excesses, any agent that improves general cellular health will have a positive effect on both conditions. And this exactly what Ginseng does.
GINGER ROOT probably does not have a direct effect on blood sugar levels. Nevertheless, it is an important herb for hypoglycemic to use. It works indirectly to increase the availability of dietary nutrients for digestion and metabolism. Whenever the hypoglycemic condition is attended and/or made worse by improper digestion and assimilation of foods, Ginger Root will markedly facilitate the utilization of energy stores. Functional hypoglycemia, that rundown feeling, is especially well-served by this treatment.
Most often found in capsule form, the above ingredients are available at most health food or vitamin supply stores.
*While it is preferred that the above herbs be used in combination, they can also provide significant benefits if used singly.
**While these remedies have proven results, you should always be careful when choosing a new regimen of treatment. It’s best to ease into the use of herbs and ease out of the use of traditional medications, and to consult with a medical professional, especially if your health problems are severe. A sudden switch of health regimen can be hazardous.
***This website is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, prescribing any medication or other treatment, or discontinuing any medication or treatment recommended by your healthcare provider.