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Ampalaya for diabetes? – 3 January 13, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Ampalaya Derivatives, Ampalaya Vegetables, Anti-diabetic medications, Food Supplement, Herbal Alternative, Hippocratic Oath, Pills, Tea, Treatment for Diabetes.
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First, Do No Harm


While it might be a bitter pill to swallow for some people, especially for the entrepreneurs marketing “food supplements,” we have to face the fact that ampalaya derivatives (pills, tea, etc.) have not been fully proven to be totally effective, by themselves, as sole treatment for diabetes, to warrant abandonment of the physician prescribed proprietary or generic drugs for diabetes. That is a fact the Department of Health and all health providers should accept.

Furthermore, the DOH must explain and qualify its new circular as clearly as possible for public safety. Not to do so would be to trivialize and denigrate the sanctity of the healer’s precept of primum non nocere (first, do no harm) in treating living beings, the basic tenet of the Hippocratic Oath which all physicians took as they were sworn into the practice of medicine. Not doing so would also be a great disservice to the patients and a potential grave risk to people’s lives.


The Message

The January 29, 2008 circular of the Department of Health should be carefully understood with all its medical subtleties. The fact is while ampalaya could be an aid in the treatment of diabetes, the ampalaya vegetable alone, and/or the ampalaya preparations being marketed as a treatment or “cure” for diabetes, alone and in themselves, are NOT effective enough to replace the anti-diabetic medications prescribed by the physician. Before using or shifting to this herbal alternative, patients should first discuss this thoroughly with their attending physician. To do otherwise would be foolhardy and dangerous.

Ref: dailyinquirer