Yoga can be a powerful additional tool for enhancing conventional diabetes treatment. It makes diet control and weight reduction easier, and is a good form of exercise. It also reduces stress hormone levels, improves the function of the pancreas and normalizes immune system. In NIDDM, Yoga may eliminate the need to take insulin or drugs. In IDDM, however, yoga cannot eliminate insulin requirement, though it may reduce or stabilize it.

In fact, Yoga can help to increase the efficacy of drugs and reduce their side-effects substantially; the validity of the same being gauged through objective assessment of improvement after yoga therapy. The yogic procedures that are scientifically proven to help in Diabetes are like Neti, Kapalabhati, Kunjal, Shankh Prakshalana, Bhujangasana (Cobra posture), Padmasana (Lotus posture), Matsyasana (Fish posture), Ardha Matsyendrasana (Spine twist posture) etc.