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Some Folk Antidiabetic Medicinal Herb of Himachal Pradesh

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Monika Rana and Meenakshi Rana

Submitted: 30 June 2020 Reviewed: 24 September 2020 Published: 20 January 2021

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.94188

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The Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is increasing day by day at an alarming worldwide. As per the statics of International Diabetic Federation, currently worldwide approximately 463 million adults (20–79 years) affected with diabetes that is expected to increase rise to 700 million by 2045. Diabetes and its complications imposes an economic loss to people with diabetes and their families, and to health systems and national economy. Diabetes is a complex disease which link with multiple of factors. Present reviewdocument the information of traditional used Antidiabetic plants by the inhabitants of Nadaun, District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India. During the survey 31 Medicinal Plants have been documented on the basis of information collected from the respondents of the study area.


  • diabetes
  • ayurveda
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • traditional medicines

1. Introduction

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a serious lifelong disease characterized by elevation of blood glucose level in the body resulting from the defects in insulin secretion and insulin resistance [1, 2]. The global diabetes prevalence for all age-groups was estimated to be 9.3% in 2019 rising to 10.2% in 2030. The prevalence is lower in rural than the urban areas [3]. The total number of people with diabetes is estimated to rise from 171 million in 2000 to 366 million in 2030. Among DM, about 90 percent of population affected with Type 2 DM [4]. In addition to hyperglycemia, diabetes also associated with various vascular complications, which are the major causes of morbidity and death in diabetic Patients [5].

In Ayurveda Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is referred to as Madhumeha (means sweet urine disease). Madhumeha consists of two words-‘madhu and meha’ where ‘madhu’ denotes sweetness and ‘meha’ stands for urination. In Ayurveda, plants are known to be excellent source of drugs. Plant based drugs have been in use against various diseases since time immemorial. There is large number of drugs of herbal origin mentioned in Ayurveda texts, which were advised for treatment of Madhumeha [6]. Even today a huge number of population in the world used the medicinal plants for the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus [7]. As the incident and severity of Diabetes is increasing worldwide, it imposes an huge economic loss to people with diabetes and their families, and to health systems and national economy [8]. The importance of traditional plant medicines from the last decade goes on increasing with both medical and economic implications [9]. On the other hand the chemically synthetic hypoglycaemic agents used for the treatment of diabetes are not only expensive but also cause various complications and side effects to the health [10].


2. Materials and methods

Nadaun is a small town in Hamirpur district, located in central Himachal Pradesh, India, right near Beas River. The Townis situated between 76°18′ –76°49′ East longitude and 31°52′30″ North Latitudes. The track is hilly covered by Shivalik range and the elevation varies from 450 to 11,000 meters. As per the census of India 2011, it has a population of 4430. The Climate is characterized by an intensely hot summer, a pleasant cold season. The summer season from March to about middle of June is followed by the south-west monsoon season from mid-June to the end of September. October and first half of November constitute the post-monsoon period. The cold season is from mid-November to February. The minimum and maximum day time temperature varies between 20° and 42°. People in this region can easily understand Hindi and can communicated in that language.

In order to documentation of the record frequent field surveys were conducted many time (Figure 1). A questionnaire contains the details of the plants, parts used, medicinal uses and mode of preparation of remedies is structured and informal talks were employed to gain the information about the use of plants as Antidiabetic. Any statistical survey is not used in the given study.

Figure 1.

Field survey.


3. Result and discussion

Ethnobotany may be defined as the scientific study of the dynamic relationship between various plant and people. The present study highlighted the traditional herbal medicine used for the treatment of diabetes in the particular selected study area. During the survey, around 50 people mostly old aged person selected randomly for the study. Information of plants along with their common name, useful part, time of availability, mode of preparation and consuming is documented (Table 1). All the plants are photographed as a record (Figure 2). Most of the recorded plants are available from the wild growth, and some are cultivated by the local villagers. Mostly plants materials are preserved in dry powder form as these are available only in a particular season. Various methods of preparation of these herbal remedies were recorded during the study. The preparation were also consumed by the people in the form of juice, churna, chutney and chapattis. In the present study we found that people have a close relationship with the nature for their health care. As the importance of ethnobotanical studies goes on increase day by day, it is mandatory preserve the information’s about the knowledge of folklore medicinal plants which is use by local communities before it is permanently disappear.

S. NoBotanical nameFamilyLocal namePart of plantAntidiabetic use
1Acacia catechuFabaceaeKhairHeartwoodKatha (extract of heartwood)
2Aegle marmelosRutaceseBilFruit, leafFruits eaten as a powder, leaf consumed empty stomach early in morning
3Allium cepaLiliaceaePyazBulbAs salad, and as chutney
4Allium sativumLiliaceaeLehsunBulbBulbs are consumed empty stomach in early morning.
5Aloe veraLiliaceaeKwarLeafJuice is consumed
6Azadirachta indicaMeliaceaeNeemLeafTendor leaves are used
7Berberis aristataBerberidaceaeKashmalBarkDecoction of bark with water
8Carica papayaCaricaceaePapitaFruitRipe fruit is consumed
9Carissa spinarumApocynaceaeGarnuFruitRipe fruit is consumed
10Colocasia esculentaAraceaeArbiLeafCooked
11Curcuma longaZingiberaceaeHaldiRhizomesDry rhizomes powder consumed with milk
12Gymnea sylvestreApocynaceaeGudmarLeafConsumed as powder
13Lagenaria sicerariaCucurbitaceaeLaukiFruitJuice of fruit is used with amla juice and also cooked as vegetable
14Momordica charantiacucurbitaceaeKarelaFruitUsed as vegetable and juice
15Mentha arvensisLamiaceaePudinaLeafAs juice, and chutney
16Murraya koenigiiRutaceaeGandhlaLeafFresh leaves consumed empty stomach in morning
17Ocimum sanctumLamiaceaeTulsiLeafDecoction of leaf with water
18Phyllanthus emblicaEuphorbiaceaeAmlaFruitRipe fruit consumed, and as dry fruit powder
19Pogostemon benghalensisLamiaceaeKali BasutiLeaveFresh leaves are used
20Prunus persicaRosaceaeAaduFruitRipe fruits are consumed
21Psidium guajavaMyrtaceaeAmroodFruitRipe fruit is consumed
22Syzium cuminiMyrtaceaeJamunFruitFresh fruits is consumed, seed used as powder
23Terminalia ballericaCombretaceaeBaheraFruitAs powder
24Terminalia chebulaCombretaceaeHardaFruitAs powder
25Tinospora cardifoliaMenispermaceaeGiloeStemPowder is consumed in empty stomach
26Trigonella foeumgraceumFabaceaeMethiSeedSeeds are consumed as powder with water in empty stomach and overnight soaked with water
27Triticum aestivumPoaceaeKanakPlantPlant juice is used, ans consumed as sprouted
28Vinca roseaApocynaceaeSadavaharLeafFresh leaves and leaves powder used as treatment
29Vitex negundoLamiaceaeVanaLeafTendor leaves used
30Zingiber officinalisZingiberaceaeSonth, adrakRhizomesAs such, and as pickle
31Ziziphus jujubaRhamnaceaeBerFruitRipe fruit used

Table 1.

Antidiabetic plants recorded from Nadaun, Hamirpur District.

Figure 2.

Plants used traditionally for the treatment of diabetes.


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Written By

Monika Rana and Meenakshi Rana

Submitted: 30 June 2020 Reviewed: 24 September 2020 Published: 20 January 2021