Paneer Dodi or Paneer Booti
Latin Name – Withania coagulans
Family Name : Solanaceae
Origin : India – Grows on most of Northern part of India
Other Names: Indian Rennet, Vegetable Rennet, Indian Cheese-Maker
Parts : Dry Berry or Fruit
Recently published reports suggest that around 51 million people in India belonging to different age groups have been affected by Type 2 Diabetes mellitus in 2010. Treatment includes insulin supplementation; diet control and use of hypoglycemic agents like Metformin . Insulin supplementation is the common mode of treatment in Type I diabetes while oral drugs like Metformin is used in Type II diabetes. Disadvantage with insulin supplementation is that the dosage of insulin needed steadily increases with passage of time. Oral anti- diabetics is said to have serious side effects which includes hepatotoxicity and renal damage. Considering the vast number of complications and ailments that diabetes brings along, this becomes a serious problem and one that requires constant attention. After so many years of research put into finding a cure or a permanent relief, we have not mastered it yet.
There seems to be a ray of hope from our traditional medicine. The plant, mainly its fruit in question has been proved to decrease alarmingly high levels of blood glucose with the systematic and regular use of the shrub.
Withania coagulans commonly known as PANEER DODA/DODI is a shrub belonging to the family soalnaecae. As the name suggests the plant has been used traditonally for coagulation of milk and is called the Indian rennet. Various other parts of the plant have been put to medicinal uses by the traditional Indian system of medicine. One prominent use is of the dried berries of the plant which has long been used for lowering blood sugar levels. With the insight from systematic research, the mechanism of action of these fruits in their anti diabetic activity has been realized and has been proved to be effective experimentally.
Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects all groups of people of different sections of the society. Modern, hectic lifestyle is contributing to increasing number of diabetics, some even in the age group of 30 to 40 years. The reasons are many and include increased tension, faulty eating habits with increasing dependence of junk foods. Smoking and increased use of tobacco, pollution, hereditary causes, can be inducted as the other factors which are increasing the incidence of diabetes in the young.
Treatment includes insulin supplementation; diet control and use of hypoglycemic agents like Metformin . Insulin supplementation is the common mode of treatment in Type I diabetes while oral drugs like Metformin is used in Type II diabetes. Disadvantage with insulin supplementation is that the dosage of insulin needed steadily increases with passage of time. Oral anti- diabetics have serious side effects which includes hepatotoxicity and renal damage.
The use of alternative and herbal treatment of Diabetes is increasing and new research has given promising results with many herbs. One such herb which has been studied is Withania coagulans (Paneer Doda) which has been found to have profound hypoglycemic activity when administered to streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. Withania coagulans (Paneer Doda) has been used since time immemorial in Indian Ayurvedic medicines.
The method of use is very simple. You need to drop 10 of those seed like flowers in a glass of water overnight. Filter the water through a sieve and drink it first thing in the morning. Continue this treatment and control of blood sugar is achieved in a fortnight.
- Anti inflammatory (a substance used to relieve swelling, pain and other symptoms of inflammation) and anti-oxidant(a substance that reduces the damage caused by oxidation, such as the harm caused by free radicals) activity
- Hypolipidemic activity (promoting the reduction of lipid concentrations in the serum)
- Hepatoprotective activity (substance that helps in protecting the liver and maintains its general well being)
- Helps in relieving stress
- Works as a rasayan i.e. a substance that helps in preventing early aging and rejuvenates whole body to provide youth
- It is considered as one of the most commonly used herb in relieving hypertension with excellent results.
- It has also been found to be an excellent supplement that helps in proving strength to heart muscles and keeps heart working normal
The method of use is very simple
- You need to drop 10-15 of those seed like flowers in a glass(use glass tumbler only) of water overnight.
- Filter the water through a sieve and drink it first thing in the morning.
- Continue this treatment and control of blood sugar is achieved in a fortnight.
- Get your sugar level checked to ascertain the reduction of blood sugar level.
- Once drop in blood sugar is noticed, slowly reduce the dosage of medicines you take other than this.
- When the blood sugar level touches near normal you can discontinue usage of other medicines in consultation with your physician.
- The entire process may take six months.
|We welcome you to go through the references we have cited here to overcome any doubt which may arise regarding the efficacy of the plant in reducing blood sugar levels. These are reports published on peer reviewed journals based on systematic research.
The mechanism of action of W.coagulans in lowering blood sugar level as mentioned in literature is as follows.
The identified hypoglycemic and antidiabetic potential of fruits of W. coagulans may to be due to the significant presence of Mg and Ca in the extract. Since, Boltzmann distribution law states that intensity is proportional to the concentration. The concentration of Mg and Ca was found much higher than the other inorganic minerals. It has been already reported that the higher concentration of Mg and lower concentration of K plays a vital role in diabetes management. Hence the significant antidiabetic potential of W.coagulans could be due to the high concentration of Mg along with Ca. As Ca2+ ion activates insulin gene expression via CREB (Calcium Responsive Element Binding protein)
responsible for exocytosis of stored insulin.