Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder of the endocrine system affecting
people worldwide. It is a serious disorder that needs lifetime control which is mainly
treated by numerous chemical agents. Most of these chemical agents are associated with various
unpleasant adverse effects, as a result of which there is a growing interest towards the
alternative medicines which are found to be comparatively safer causing less adverse effects.
As there are many plant’s extracts which are evident to provide hypoglycemic effect, intensive
investigations are under progress to explore their advantageous effects on diabetic patients.
This article discusses some of these important plants that are either being used for diabetes
treatment or under investigation for future drug development.
Keywords: Alternative therapy, herbal medication, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, hypoglycemic
action, drug development, chemical agents.
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