Soon: Homoeopathy and Ayurveda medicines for diabetes?

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today


  • Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose. Absence or insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes.
  • The Ministry is also supporting various research institutions that focus on the use of homoeopathic and ayurvedic system of medicine for prevention and treatment of diabetes and also on the use of these systems as adjuvants in the treatment of cancer.

The Ministry through its Research Councils is actively participating in screening risk group population for the early detection of diabetes, cancer, hypertension and other NCDs under the National Program for the prevention of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and stroke.

This activity is presently being pursued in four districts, namely Krishna (Andhra Pradesh) and Darjeeling (West Bengal) since September 2015 and followed by Sambalpur (Odisha) and Nasik (Maharashtra) in 2017, on a pilot basis. So far 2,17,448 people have utilised these services.

Dr Pradeep Gadge, Diabetologist, Gadge Diabetes Centre, Mumbai said, “I am happy with this decision. As, all the pathys should come together and treat the patients.  It should be a holistic approach.”

Dr Shashank Joshi, Endocrinologist, Diabetologist, Lilavati Hospital, said, “There is a need to systematically validate these claims made by the various alternative systems of the medicine. They have to be evidence-based. As the Lancet evidence has shown that homeopathy is like a placebo. We need to generate the Indian evidence on these alternative systems and substantiate them in a scientific way.”