Diabetes and Homoeopathy
Diabetes is one of the critical and widely spread diseases among all of the other diseases today that India is concerned about. It is a chronic, lifelong condition affecting our body’s ability to use the energy found in food because of elevated blood sugars for months to years caused by an absolute or relative lack of insulin not being produced by the pancreas for the body’s need. It can also be because of both hereditary and environmental factors leading to its development and progression. World Health Organization forecasts that India will have the largest number of diabetics in the world by 2025. There are more than 20 million diabetics currently, which are expected to increase to around 60 million by 2025. In India, there may number of events of diabetes not diagnosed in remote rural areas.
Diabetes can be controlled with diet, exercise, healthy lifestyle and conventional medicines, insulin is often used as a replacement therapy in the treatment of diabetes. Homoeopathy is a very popular alternative medicine method to treat such a life-long disease condition. In homoeopathy, rather, medicines are based on totality of symptoms. A detailed case taking must be done to arrive at the right homoeopathic remedy. While treating insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, insulin is not stopped immediately but it is slowly tapered. Routine monitoring with Glycosalyted Hb helps to make any prognosis.
In homoeopathy, treatment approach for diabetes mellitus is strictly individualizing for every single case. Physical as well as mental and constitutional symptoms are analyzed thoroughly for any homoeopathic remedies. Given under are some required monitoring criteria:
a) Fasting and postprandial blood glucose levels.
b) Glycosylated hemoglobin for long term control.
c) Lipid level.
d) Routine urine for albumin to rule out diabetic nephropathy.
e) Creatinine levels.
f) Regular eyes check up for diabetic retinopathy.
g) Routine blood pressure.
Although specific medicines like Szygium J, Cephalandric ,Abroma augustra etc … are available which help in reducing the blood sugar levels quickly,they act as a palliative…or like a temporary medicine… it is like prescribing Homeopathy in allopathic way. And the patient will land up with the same complaints again and again.
But when the medicine is prescribed by considering the totality of the patient, his disposition , his nature , the stresses he has undergone and his reaction to them and considering the pathology( Miasm) , then and only then can he be truly cured…this kind of cure will not leave any weakness in the system .The blood sugars especially the fasting will gradually first reduce followed by the post prandial. If the patient is already on antidiabetic medicines or insulin, then they are slowly tapered down.
A thorough knowledge of the disease, preventing the complications and hence a regular check up of other organs like kidney, eyes and nerves , regular monitoring of blood sugar levels, appropriate diet and exercises, all need to be included when we treat diabetes m with homoeopathy.