GUWAHATI, Jan 5 � The common fruit that is an integral part of grandma�s recipe, the outenga or elephant apple has more to it than just its bitter taste and flavour. Physicians of the Government Ayurvedic College have established that this juicy fruit has the power to control diabetes, the silent killer disease.
Addressing media persons here today, Dr Munmi Das, who did this study on the medicinal value of elephant apple under the guidance of Dr Bishnu Prasad Sarma, said that the North-east is rich in medicinal plants that have anti-diabetic properties.
�Medicinal plants with anti-diabetic properties can play an important role in the management of diabetes in the developing countries where resources are meagre,� said Dr Das, adding that anti-diabetic plants have been used for centuries in the form of folk medicine for the treatment of diabetes.
It may be mentioned here that India has emerged as the diabetic capital of the world with 51 million Indians presently suffering from this disease. The current prevalence is 5 to 15 percent in urban India and 2 to 5 percent in rural India.
�We have to go back to nature to find the cure for all the ailments presently afflicting this generation,� said Dr Sarma observing that lifestyle change, consumption of junk food, lack of physical exercise, emotional stress, etc., were some of the major factors responsible for diabetes.
Dr Sarma said that as man got further detached from nature, his problems increased. �If a diabetic individual takes the powder made in a special way from elephant apple twice a day, he will get the results within 21 days,� said Dr Sarma, pointing out that the elephant apple also acts as a preventive measure. Daily consumption of this fruit will keep diabetes at bay.
�Allopathic medicines used for treatment of diabetes have side-effects in the long run. So it is better to use indigenous traditional knowledge system to treat diabetes,� said Dr Sarma mentioning that the traditional knowledge was based on nature, so it was more effective.