The bottom line?
The authors also review several Chinese herbal preparations, although much less data are available on them.
Ultimately, treating diabetes is complex and requires careful monitoring and assistance by a medical professional. People taking (or thinking of taking) herbals for diabetes should tell their doctor. None of these herbals is a magic bullet for blood sugar control.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.