Hello - I just found this forum and am hoping to expand my knowledge of Diabetes II and alternative treatments. I have been Type II for about 10 years, and taking Metformin until about 6 months ago when I started finding out about its damaging side effects. I began to experience increasing foot neuropathy and numbness in hands as well. and B12 deficiency Taking B12 injections has helped, and adding R Lipoic acid supplements. I did discover an herbal remedy that works far better than Metformin - the dried, powdered leaves of the Neem tree - 1000 mg capsules, twice a day and my blood sugar stays below 90 for the most part, and only elevates to 120 or so with meals. I do monitor it very carefully and keep the Met on hand, but so far in 6 months I have had no side effects, and no longer need pharmaceutical medication - I harvest my own Neem from an organically grown tree in my yard and prepare carefully weighed capsules. I ran across this remedy by accident after accidentally ingesting some Neem powder (which I have been using as an insect repellent) when my son decided to add it to some spaghetti sauce thinking it was something else! I freaked out, and started researching it for toxicity. What I found was some information that it had no toxicity, but could result in lowering blood sugar levels, so I immediately started monitoring very closely, and found that consistent doses really stabilized my glucose levels. I am wondering if anyone else has had experience with this ?