Tianqi – Mixture of 10 Herbs Found To Prevent Chances of Diabetes By 32%

Can herbs or supplements help you control your diabetes?

People who are considered pre-diabetic have elevated blood sugar levels and are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A diagnosis like this can do one of two things—send a patient to their MD seeking pharmaceutical solutions, or spur them into a healthier lifestyle (which has proven time and time again to be the best way to control diabetes). But a new study shows there may be another options—traditional Chinese medicine.

Researchers with the University of Chicago wanted to know how Chinese herbal medicine may help slow the advancement of pre-diabetes and prevent the eventual diabetic diagnosis. What they found was a mixture of 10 herbs—known as Tianqi—was able to help manage blood sugar levels.

Tianqi consists of 10 Chinese herbal medicines: Astragali Radix, Coptidis Rhizoma, Trichosanthis Radix, Ligustri Lucidi Fructus, Dendrobii Caulis, Ginseng Radix, Lycii Cortex, Ecliptae Herba, Galla Chinensis, and Corni Fructus.

Lead researcher Doctor Chun-Su Yuan explained:

“With diabetes evolving into a serious public health burden worldwide, it is crucial to take steps to stem the flood of cases. Patients often struggle to make the necessary lifestyle changes to control blood sugar levels, and current medications have limitations and can have adverse gastrointestinal side effects. Traditional Chinese herbs may offer a new option for managing blood sugar levels, either alone or in combination with other treatments.”

For the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 389 individuals with pre-diabetes at 11 different research sites in China were put into random groups. One group was assigned to take the Tianqi herbal blend and the other group took a placebo. Over a one-year period, the study subjects took their capsules, received lifestyle education, and met with a nutritionist. Their blood sugar levels were measured quarterly

At the conclusion of the 12-month trial, 36 subjects in the Tianqi group had developed diabetes. But, 56 participants in the placebo group had full-on diabetes, showing a reduced risk among those taking the traditional Chinese herbs.

Those taking Tianqi were able to cut their risk of developing diabetes by 32.1 percent compared with the other group.

“Few controlled clinical trials have examined traditional Chinese medicine’s impact on diabetes, and the findings from our study showed this approach can be very useful in slowing the disease’s progression,” explained researcher Doctor Xiaolin Tong of Guang’anmen Hospital in Bejing. “More research is needed to evaluate the role Chinese herbal medicine can play in preventing and controlling diabetes.”

Lifestyle changes such as exercise and positive dietary alterations have been shown to help diabetics time and time again. Instead of turning to pharmaceuticals, try simply consuming a Chinese herbal blend or utilizing other herbs for diabetes.

Also these 10 herbs have shown some promise in lowering blood sugar, boosting insulin sensitivity, reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol, and more.


1.Gymnema Sylvestre

Main use: Lowering blood sugar Typical dosage: 200 to 250 milligrams twice daily.

This plant’s Hindi name translates as “sugar destroyer,” and the plant is said to reduce the ability to detect sweetness. It’s regarded as one of the most powerful herbs for blood-sugar control. It may work by boosting the activity of enzymes that help cells use glucose or by stimulating the production of insulin. Though it hasn’t been studied ­extensively, it’s not known to cause serious side effects.


2.Bitter Melon

Main use: Lowering blood sugar

Typical dosage: 50 to 100 milliliters (approximately 3 to 6 tablespoons) of the juice daily.

The aptly named bitter melon is thought to help cells use glucose more effectively and block sugar absorption in the intestine. When Philippine researchers had men and women take bitter melon in capsule form for three months, they had slight, but consistently, lower blood sugar than those taking a placebo. Gastrointestinal problems are possible side effects.



Main use: Lowering blood sugar

Typical dosage: 250 to 350 milligrams once a day.

Magnesium deficiency is not uncommon in people with diabetes, and it can worsen high blood sugar and insulin resistance. Some studies suggest that supplementing with magnesium may improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels, but other studies have shown no benefit. Have your doctor check you for deficiency before supplementing with magnesium.


4.Prickly Pear Cactus

Main use: Lowering blood sugar

Typical dosage: If you eat it as a food, aim for 1⁄2 cup of cooked cactus fruit a day. Otherwise, follow label directions.

The ripe fruit of this cactus has been shown in some small studies to lower blood sugar ­levels. You may be able to find the fruit in your grocery store, but if not, look for it as a juice or powder at health food stores. Researchers speculate that the fruit may possibly lower blood sugar because it contains components that work similarly to insulin. The fruit is also high in fiber.


5.Gamma-Linolenic Acid

Main use: Easing nerve pain

Typical dosage: 270 to 540 milligrams once a day.

Gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, is a fatty acid found in evening primrose oil. Some research suggests that people with diabetes have lower than optimal levels of GLA, and studies have found that the supplement can reduce and ­prevent nerve pain associated with diabetes.



Main use: Lowering blood sugar

Typical dosage: 200 micrograms once daily.

This trace mineral is thought to enhance the action of insulin as well as being involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. Some research shows that it helps normalize blood sugar — but only in people who are deficient in chromium.


7. Billberry

 Main use: Protecting the eyes and nerves

 Typical dosage: 80 to 120 milligrams two times per day of standardized bilberry extract.

This relative of the blueberry contains powerful antioxidants in its fruit and leaves. These anti­oxidants, called anthocyanidins, seem to help prevent damage to tiny blood vessels that can result in nerve pain and retinopathy (damage to the eye’s retina). Animal studies have also suggested that bilberry may lower blood sugar.


8Alpha-Lipoic Acid

 Main uses: Easing nerve pain, lowering blood sugar

Typical dosage: 600 to 800 milligrams a day.

Called ALA for short, this vitamin-like substance neutralizes many types of free radicals. A build-up of free radicals, caused in part by high blood sugar, can lead to nerve damage and other problems. ALA may also help muscle cells take up blood sugar. In a German study, a team of scientists had 40 adults take either an ALA supplement or a placebo. At the end of the four-week study, the ALA group had improved their insulin sensitivity 27 percent. The placebo group showed no improvement. Other studies have shown a decrease in nerve pain, numbness, and burning.


9. Fenugreek

 Main use: Lowering blood sugar

Typical dosage: 5 to 30 grams with each meal or 15 to 90 grams with one meal per day.

These seeds, used in Indian cooking, have been found to lower blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity, and reduce high cholesterol, according to several animal and human studies. The effect may be partly due to the seeds’ high fiber content. The seeds also contain an amino acid that appears to boost the release of insulin. In one of the largest studies on fenugreek, 60 people who took 25 grams daily showed significant improvements in blood sugar control and post-meal spikes.


10. Ginseng

 Main use: Lowering blood sugar

Typical dosage: 1 to 3 grams a day in capsule or tablet form, or 3 to 5 milliliters of tincture three times a day.

Known for its immune-boosting and disease-fighting benefits, this Chinese herb has several positive diabetes studies behind it. Researchers have found that ginseng slows carbohydrate absorption; increases cells’ ability to use glucose; and increases insulin secretion from the pancreas. A team from the University of Toronto has repeatedly demonstrated that ginseng capsules lower blood glucose 15 to 20 percent compared to placebo pill.