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Homeopathy & Diabetes

Diabetes is a disorder in which the islets in the pancreas fail to secrete adequate insulin, or it can be the body’s decreased ability to use insulin. Diabetes, in Greek, means ‘a passing through of sweetness.’ This relates to excess sugar in the blood, or passing of sugar-rich urine — a distinctive symptom of the disease.

Diabetes is a serious problem. It is also the leading cause of death worldwide, because of the damage it causes to the cardiovascular system [heart].

WHAT IS DIABETES

In a healthy individual, food is digested to release glucose into the blood. This causes the beta cells in the pancreas to release insulin into the bloodstream. Beta cells reside in the islets of Langerhans. Insulin, as you know, helps in the transportation of glucose from the blood to the liver and muscle cells. This is released later into the blood for metabolism. When the pancreas fails to produce adequate amounts of insulin, or if there is insulin ‘resistance’ — also called prediabetes — diabetes could set in. Either way, the consequences are dangerous.

SYMPTOMS

  • Excess thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive hunger.

WHAT RESEARCH SAYS

Diabetes is a systemic disorder. It can cause serious health consequences, such as high blood pressure [hypertension], depression, atherosclerosis [hardening of the arteries], apart from loss of vision, kidney damage, and limb amputation, when not adequately managed. 

HOMEOPATHY: THE SAFE, EFFECTIVE SUPPORTIVE TREATMENT FOR DIABETES

Homeopathy suggests that any illness, or its symptoms, are the body’s warning signs and failed attempts to restore balance, harmony, health and well-being. Homeopathy takes each illness symptom into consideration to select the closest homeopathic remedy that will, for the most part, fit the homeopathic picture — of the homeopathic medicine that can cause the same condition in health — and, enhance the given individual’s unique response to the imbalance associated with a given illness, in this case diabetes.

While there is no substitute to insulin in homeopathy, professional homeopathic treatment is aimed to manage the metabolic aspect of individuals having diabetes with both therapeutic and nutritional measures. This is achieved through appropriate homeopathic medicines for diabetes, lifestyle changes, reducing stress, regular exercise and customised diet.

The aim is also primarily focused to maintain ‘normal’ levels of insulin, or keeping anti-diabetic drugs, at a minimum possible dosage, and in preventing progressive worsening and/or complications.

A group of type-2 diabetics was treated with either Daonil [5mg], a conventional medicine, and placebo [dummy pill], or Daonil [5mg] and a homoeopathic remedy in a clinical study conducted in Athens, Greece. Subjects selected had hyperglycaemia [excess blood sugar levels] for over a year with no ketosis [raised levels of ketones in the body]. They were divided into two groups by the matched pairs method, measured by haemoglobin A1 [HbA1c] and random blood sugar [RBS]. At the end of nine months of parallel treatment, satisfactory regulation of diabetes was achieved in 97 per cent of patients in the homoeopathic-plus-Daonil group, in comparison to 47 per cent in the Daonil group.

SELF-HELP

  • Avoid processed and fast-junk/snack foods, which are typically high in sugar
  • Eat high fibre whole foods such as oats, fruits, vegetables [e.g., bitter gourd, or karela] and seeds, which have a low glycaemic index
  • Regular exercise, especially walking for 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week, to reduce excess weight is imperative
  • High fibre supplements, such as psyllium [isabgul], flaxseed, guar gum, oat bran, pectin and fenugreek seeds [methi], are beneficial to people having diabetes
  • Stop smoking; cut down; better limit, or avoid, alcohol
  • Follow-up with your homeopath on a regular basis.
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