Ethnopharmacological Note: Use of a Novel Polyherbal Formulation for Treatment of Diabetes
Md. Harun ar Rashid, Sharmin Jahan Ansary, Rownak Jahan, Mohammed Rahmatullah

Diabetes is a serious disorder characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose and which can rapidly lead to a number of complicating factors like cardiovascular problems, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic nephropathy. Increased oxidative stress during diabetes is thought to be the causative agent behind the incidences of other diabetes-induced disorders. There is an increasing prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Bangladesh. Allopathic medicine cannot cure diabetes; the same is possibly the case with traditional medicines despite the claims made by some folk medicinal practitioners in Bangladesh. Moreover, rural people either cannot afford or lack access to modern medical facilities for treatment of diabetes, which is costly and cumbersome (because of the use of glucometers and in some cases, insulin injections). As a result, rural people and many urban people lacking adequate financial resources visit folk medicinal practitioners (FMPs) for treatment, whose mode of treatment mostly utilizes medicinal plants. From possibly thousands of years ago, medicinal plants have been used to cure diseases by human beings. This has continued until the present age, and many allopathic drugs have come from plants. To discover more drugs, it is essential to collect phytotherapeutic information from traditional medicinal practitioners with the objective of utilizing their information to isolate compounds of therapeutic interest from plants. In this ethno note, we describe a novel polyherbal formulation for the treatment of diabetes collected from an FMP in Rangpur district, Bangladesh.

Keywords: Diabetes; herbal medicine