A Review on Natural Products and Herbs Used in the Management of Diabetes

Author(s): Deepshikha Patle, Manish Vyas, Gopal L. Khatik*

Journal Name: Current Diabetes Reviews

Volume 17 , Issue 2 , 2021

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Aim: We aimed to review the importance of the natural products and herbs used in the management of diabetes mellitus (DM) as medicinal agents.

Background: Naturally occuring phytoactive compounds and herbs are very important because they are found to be effective against several diseases. DM is a commonly occurring endocrinological disorder, with the incidences increased four times in the last 34 years. There are several oral hypoglycemic agents available in the market, which in the long term, may lead to a high risk of secondary failure rate.

Objectives: This review focuses on natural products and herbs application for effective management of diabetic conditions, and natural products that can be utilized as alternative therapy.

Methods: We searched the various online databases (PubMed, Bentham, ScienceDirect) and scientific publications from the library using a qualitative systematic review. The criteria of the review were based on natural products and herbs application for possessing medicinal value against diabetes and the literature of previous thirty years has been searched. The inclusion criteria of materials were based on the quality and relevancy with our aim.

Results: We observed that owing to the potential of natural products and herbs, different research groups are searching for the potent natural antidiabetic agents with minimal side effects. Recent research showed that there is a decline in a number of new molecules that fail in clinical trials because of toxicity thus, natural products and herbs are considered as the alternative. Currently, some of the natural products and herbs like coixol, andrographolide, Tinospora cordifolia, polypeptide p, charantin, Annona squamosa, and Nigella are being explored for their potential to be used successfully for the management of type 2 diabetes.

Conclusion: The significance of natural products and herbs in the anticipation of diabetes and allied complications are being described herein. We observed that a huge amount of work is being done to explore the natural products and herbs to manage the diabetes and this review gives the highlights of them.

Keywords: Natural products, herbs, flavonoid, diabetes mellitus, phytoactive compounds, endocrinological disorder.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 10 March, 2021
Page: [186 - 197]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/1573399816666200408090058
Price: $65

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