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Diabetes and Alternative Medicine.


Allopathy should be the mainstay in the therapy of Diabetes and its long term complications. However Herbs, Homeopathy and Ayurveda do play a role of an adjunct along with yoga and lifestyle modifications.

Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. The CDC estimates that over 23 million people in America have Diabetes that works out to about 8% of the population. From the year 2007 the incidence of Diabetes has increased 13.5 % annually. It is said that about 2200 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day. In the US, Diabetes is the 5th primary cause of death by illness. The yearly cost of treating Diabetes in the US is estimated at 8 billion US dollars annually.
Globally every fourth Diabetic patient is an Indian. The main cause of this epidemic is that somehow Indians are genetically predisposed to the disease. The Indian diet is a high caloric diet. The sedentary Indian life style, high blood pressure and stress factors in urban India have made it the DIABETES CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. Diabetes affects an estimated 35 to 40 million Indians. According to different estimates and at this rate the number of patients could double by 2025.

It is estimated that if you have diabetes, your blood sugar levels are too high. Over time, this can cause problems with other body functions, such as your kidneys, nerves feet and eyes. Having diabetes can also put you at a higher risk for heart disease and bone and joint disorders. Other long-term complications of diabetes include skin problems, digestive problems, sexual dysfunction, and problems with your teeth and gums.

Some interesting Herbal remedies:


Allium sativum is more commonly known as garlic, and is thought to offer antioxidant properties and micro-circulatory effects. Some studies have proved that garlic is good as an adjunctive therapy in Diabetes. The exact mode of action is not known but it is believed that garlic may cause a reduction in blood glucose, increase secretion and slow the degradation of insulin… Limited data is available however, and further trials are needed.

Aloe vera is a widely known household plant originating from arid countries and it resembles the cactus plant. .Aloe is used as an after-sun lotion, to treat burns and to promote wound healing. It is well-regarded as a ‘healing herb’ and used traditionally to treat diabetes. It is said that Aloe vera may be able to lower fasting blood glucose levels as well as glycosylated Hb levels (HbA1c).

Ficus carica is fig-leaf. It is well known as a diabetic remedy in Spain and South-western Europe, The efficacy of the plant is yet to be validated in the treatment of diabetes.

Ginseng is a collective name for a variety of different plant species. In some studies utilizing American ginseng, it was noted that there was a marginal decrease in fasting blood glucose. There are many varieties of ginseng and they include Korean ginseng, Siberian ginseng, American ginseng and Japanese ginseng. The allopathic world has largely debunked the efficaciousness of Ginseng, believing that the beneficial effects if any are largely similar to that of a placebo.

Gymnema sylvestre is also employed in traditional ayurvedic medicine. The plant grows in the tropical forests of southern and central India, and has been linked with significant hypoglycemic effect. Some studies in animals have even reported regeneration of islet cells and an increase in beta-cell function.

Huckleberry promotes the production of insulin.

A tea made with kidney beans, white beans, navy beans, lima beans, and northern beans is said to remove toxins from the pancreas.

Prominent Homeopathic remedies in Diabetes Mellitus:


Homeopathy is that system of Alternative Medicine that believes in using the constitutional remedy that suits the patient as a whole. Finding the right constitutional medicine is the job of a Homeopathic physician and it is out of the scope of this small article. However some homeopathic remedies stand out in the cure of Diabetes and they are taken here for discussion.

Uranium Nitricum This remedy is useful when the patient has increased thirst, increased urination and dryness of the mouth. It lessens the sugar and quantity of the urine; and it is recommended the 3X trituration.

Syzygium jambolanum is a remedy capable of diminishing the amount of sugar in the urine, especially when used in the tincture and lower triturations. It cannot be considered to be a reliable drug, and its use seems entirely palliative.

Phosphoric Acid is useful if the diabetes is due to stress or of a nervous origin. It suits cases where the diabetes is due to grief, worries and anxiety. These patients are indifferent and apathetic, poor in mental and physical force. It is unquestionably curative of diabetes mellitus in the early stages, especially when there is great debility and bruised feeling in the muscles. This remedy is useful when there is loss of appetite, sometimes unquenchable thirst and perhaps the patient will be troubled with boils.

Plumbum is another important remedy in diabetes mellitus.

Phosphorus is useful in diabetes and pancreatic diseases, especially in those of a tuberculous or gouty diathesis.

Acetic acid is also a valuable diabetic remedy, and it is useful if the patient is passing of large quantities of pale urine, with intense thirst, hot, dry skin and marked debility.

Insulin is a homeopathic remedy that is prepared by mixing pancreatic juice in a glycerine base and is administered to diabetic patients in a mother tincture form as 10 to 20 drops per day. This remedy is said to maintain the blood sugar at normal levels

Other remedies of importance are Bryonia, Chionanthus, Argentum metallicum and Podophyllum.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Diabetes.


According to ayurveda, diabetes is a metabolic kapha type of disorder in which diminished functioning of Agni which leads to a tendency toward high blood sugar.
Ayurveda recognizes 24 forms of the disease commonly classified under Prameha – 4 are due to vata dosha, 6 are due to Pitta dosha, and 10 are caused by kapha dosha.

Ayurvedic practitioners attack diabetes using a multi-pronged approach. First, they address diet modification, eliminating sugar and simple carbohydrates, and emphasize on complex carbohydrates. Protein is limited, since excessive intake can damage the kidneys. Fat is also limited because there is often a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes, making fat digestion difficult.

Since many diabetics have auto-antibodies, a cleansing program is instituted which is called as the Panchkarma method. This begins with herbal massages and an herbal steam sauna, followed by fasting to cleanse the body. This is followed by an herbal purge for the liver, pancreas, and spleen. Colon therapy is next, first to cleanse the digestive tract and then to reconstitute the system.

Ayurvedic practitioners also use several herbal preparations for diabetics. Exercise is another cornerstone of ayurvedic treatment of diabetes. Yoga and breathing exercises are also traditionally used.

The most important herbs for all doshas are Shilajit, Gudmar Turmeric, Neem, Amalaki, Guggul, and Arjuna. Turmeric with aloe vera gel (1 to 3 gms./.035 to .1 oz) is best used during the early stages of diabetes for regulating pancreas and liver functions.
Diet in Ayurveda:
Aurvedic physicians believe in a kapha pacifying diet. They prescribe a diet devoid of sweets, carbohydrates and dairy products. They prescribe fresh vegetables and bitter herbs.

Other useful foods include: roasted or fried barley, corn flour, light, bitter vegetables, barley porridge, ghee, rice, and herbs like gokshura, gudmar, triphala, musta, cardamom, fenugreek, or coriander, mixed with honey.

Ayurvedic physicians ask the patients of diabetes to:
– Eliminate all objects that contain sugar from diet, like wheat, rice, potato, sugar, sugar cane and its juice, jaggery, sweet fruits.
– Reduce fats, especially butter and ghee from diet.
– Take barley soaked in a triphala decoction overnight, then mixed with honey and eaten several times a day.
– Orange, and lemon, may be taken as and when needed.
– Take bitter melon, in any form, without any fear, and Jamun and powder of its seed.
– Take plenty of green vegetables, black gram, soy, fish etc.


There are many claims that Diabetes can be cured completer with Homeopathy, Herbs and Ayurveda. Patients should be wary of such claims and should use Alternative judiciously as adjuncts to the mainstay Allopathic medication. Among the streams of Alternative Medicine, Ayurveda seems to be the most promising therapy among the myriad forms of alternatives available.
Tall claims are made in the advertizing media about herbs and ayurvedic drugs. But, the claims seldom match the results and the gullible patients should be careful that they are not taken for a ride.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 103.



This remedy is derived from the Surukuru Snake poison.

This is a constitutional remedy for warm-blooded subjects who are worse in summer, sun’s rays, hot drinks and warm blood.


It is useful for hemorrhagic tendencies, purpuras, septic states, diphtheria and other forms of diseases of low-grade toxicity.

It is a useful remedy for Menopause in women, with a melancholic disposition.

This remedy suits persons who CANNOT BEAR ANYTHING TIGHT ANYWHERE.


It is a useful remedy for great talkativeness (loquacity) and whenever the patient is sad in the morning with no desire to mix with the world. It suits persons who are restless and uneasy and do not wish to attend to business. It also suits persons who are jealous and suspicious. It is useful for persons, who have a derangement of time sense. This remedy also combats the bad effects of grief, sorrow, fright, vexation, jealousy and disappointed love.

It is useful when there is headache while awakening. The headache comes as waves of pain and the headache is sun related. The vertigo is relieved with menstruation or with the start of a nasal discharge.

It is a useful remedy when the coryza is preceded by headache.


It is useful when the gums are swollen, spongy, bleeding with aphthous ulcers and denuded spots in the mouth with burning and rawness.

It is useful when the throat is sore, worse on the left side and when the swallowing liquid is very painful. It is useful whenever the tonsils are purplish. Empty swallowing is more painful than swallowing solids.

It is also useful whenever, the person feels worse from touch and whenever the collar and the neckband should be loose.

It is a useful remedy whenever there is a craving for alcohol and oysters.
It also suits persons who cannot wait for food, when they are hungry.

This remedy is useful whenever the liver region is sensitive and the person cannot bear anything around the waist.

It is a useful remedy whenever the person feels constipated with offensive stools and the anus feels tight.

It is useful when the pains dart up the rectum and hemorrhoids protrude, become constricted and purplish.

It is useful in menopausal symptoms, like palpitation, flashes of heat, hemorrhages from the uterus and when the lady feels worse from the pressure of the clothes.

This remedy suits persons who get relief of pain by the flow of menses.

This remedy is suitable whenever a person is susceptible to touch on the upper part of the windpipe and anything around the neck.


It is a useful remedy in Coccydynia (pain in the tail bone) when the pain is worse from rising from the sitting position.

It is useful in skin diseases when the skin is bluish, purplish in appearance and when the person has repeated boils, carbuncles, ulcers, dark blisters, pyoderma, senile erysipelas and in cellulites.

This remedy is useful in Typhoid, typhus, malaria and septic fever, returning every year or in the spring or the summer

This remedy suits persons who are worse after sleeping and for all ailments that come during sleep.

This remedy also suits persons who have left sided ailments and who are worse after a warm bath.

This remedy suits persons who feel better with the appearance of all bodily discharges.

If an abscess forms and fails to point and surrounding tissues present in a purplish hue, LACHESIS is called forth.
Dr. Farrington, M.D.

I have used LACHESIS in a number of cases of Gangrene following wounds and have never been disappointed in its results.
Dr. Franklin.


In a carbuncle and cancer, we think of LACHESIS when the surrounding area is swollen and purple or blackish and the pus forms very slowly. LACHESIS given under these circumstances increases the quantity and improves the quality of the pus and the patient’s strength improves.
Dr. Farrington, M.D.

Hale says: ‘Suitable for the worst forms of malignant erysipelas and for which we have usually used LACHESIS AND ARSENICUM.
Dr. C.K. Roberts.

Consider LACHESIS in flooding at the climacteric. Also AURUM in pre-cancerous flowing.
Dr. Burnett. M.D.

In the newborn, after a hard labor, when there is the probability that some degree of cerebral hemorrhage is present, even though it does not produce local symptoms, LACHESIS 30 three times daily for a few days will serve to clear up the blood clot.
Dr. Robert L. Wood, M.D.

Great relief from expectoration of watery phlegm; this symptom is a neglected characteristic of LACHESIS in asthma.
Dr. Farrington, M.D.





This herb is one of the greatest for patients suffering from Nutritional disorders, such as Malnutrition. It is a leguminous plant that grows up to 50 cms in height and its Botanical name is MEDICAGO SATIVA. It is also called as the California Clover or Lucerne.

This herb was, perhaps discovered by the Arabs, who called it the ‘King of Kings’ among plants and the ‘father of all foods’. The Persians also recognized it as a healing grass.

It is found in Europe, in temperate regions, subtropics, high altitudes and is also grown all over India.

Herbal Uses:

Naturopaths have used it extensively in Stomach disorders, hyperacidity, in edematous conditions resulting from the inflammation of the bladder and kidney disorders.

It also finds uses in heart disorders, such as arterial disease like hypertension, where it is used with carrot juice. It has also been found to be useful in Respiratory disorders, such as sinusitis and chronic bronchitis. Alfaalfa has also been used as a tea to combat arthritis and to correct hair fall.

Homoeopathic uses:


Alfaalfa is used as a tonic for toning up the digestion and increasing the appetite, to increase the mental and physical vigor and to gain weight.


Alfaalfa has been useful in patients with enlarged prostate with irritability of the bladder. This remedy has also been used to reduce the hyper-activity of children and as a sleep inducer.
Allopathic Research:

Alfaalfa has been seen to be a rich source of Vitamins such as, A, B, D, E, C & K. It is also seen to have rich quantities of Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and many important trace elements required for the proper metabolism of the body. Alfaalfa also contains Chlorophyll, proteins in a digestible form. Research by the US department of Agriculture reveals that Alfaalfa has more protein than the grains of wheat or corn and contains all the essential amino acids.


Alfaalfa is a healing herb, which can be used as sprouts, in salads, as a juice and even in a tonic form. It is also used as Homeopathic tonic.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 102.



This remedy is derived from Bitch milk.


It is a valuable remedy in certain forms of sore throats, diphtheria and rheumatism.

It corresponds to a low vitiated non-feverish form of sickness.

It is useful whenever the patient is very forgetful and has a feeling of floating in the air. It is also useful when the patient is despondent and has frequent visions of snakes.

It is useful in subjects who cannot concentrate and for those who omit letters in a word.


This is a good remedy for Hysteria, when the subject feels that snakes were on his back and has many unexplained erratic pains.

It suits cross or irritable persons, who have the fear of to be alone, of dying, of becoming insane and of going down the stairs.

This remedy suits children who are cross, irritable and cry and scream all night long.

It is useful when the pains ALTERNATE FROM SIDE TO SIDE. This is a keynote symptom.

It is useful when the tongue is coated white with red edges, with profuse salivation.

It is useful in stiffness of the neck and the tongue.

It is useful remedy to control the gush of the menstrual flow.

It is useful in right-sided sciatica.


It is useful to cure all forms of worm infestations, including tapeworm infestation and in trichinosis.

It is a wonderful remedy to dry up the milk in nursing mothers. It is also useful when the breasts are inflamed and painful and the female wishes to hold the breasts tightly, while moving or descending the stairs.

This remedy is useful in when one needs to dry up the milk in the nursing mother.

This remedy is useful in rheumatism, where the pains wander from side to side and go back to the first side, from below upwards. The pains are erratic, constantly flying from one part to another and finally affecting the heart.

This remedy suits persons who are worse in the morning of one day and worse in the evening in the next.



If Diphtheria were in the neighborhood, as a prophylactic, as a prophylactic give LAC. CANINUM 900 C, I dose 3 nights in succession. DIPHTHERINUM also is effective, used in the same manner.
Dr. T. K. Moore, M.D.