The Indian Kino tree extract is also know as Pterocarpus marsupium, Malabar kino, vijayasar, benga, bijiayasal (in western Nepal), piasal (Oriya), and venkai. Pterocarpus marsupium bark is used as an astringent, anti-diarrheal, and antacid and is also effective in Pancreatic β-cell regeneration; the pancreas produces insulin. It has also been shown to have anti-diabetic and protective effect on serum protein, ALP and ACP, albumin levels and HbA1c. Pterocarpus marsupium is reported to be effective against several ailments including obesity, hyperlipidemia, anthelmentic, tumors and ulcers. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties, and has been used for skin problems such as vitiligo, psoriasis, and eczema. In Vijaysar medicine, it has been used to improve hair strength and promote hair growth, reduce fat and cholesterol levels, and cell and tissue rejuvenation.
Diabetes is associated with abnormally high levels of sugar glucose in the blood, and can result from inadequate production of insulin (Type 1) or inadequate sensitivity of cells to the action of insulin (Type 2). Symptoms of diabetes include increased urine output, decreased appetite, and fatigue. Major complications of diabetes include elevated blood sugar, abnormally low blood sugar due to diabetes medications, and blood vessel disease which can damage eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart. Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hyperinsulinemia and atherosclerosis are often allied with diabetes. An NIH report estimates one person is detected with diabetes somewhere in the world every 5 seconds and someone dies from it every 10 seconds. The International Diabetes Federation estimated overall cost of treating diabetes worldwide at $490 billion by 2030. The World Health Organization (WHO) has substantiated the use of herbal remedies for diabetes management1.
If you are currently taking medication for diabetes and take Indian Kino Tree extract, you need to make sure to monitor your blood sugar carefully as the extract will affect your blood sugar level. Always consult your physician before taking any supplement that may affect your current medication(s).
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