Here are some tips for a Homeopath that how he should look at any case of Diabetes and which symptoms should be given importance for selecting the drug.
My experiences so far in managing cases of diabetes have taught me that when prescription is made on Characteristic Associated complaints and concomitant symptoms, blood sugar level and other symptoms related to pathology of Diabetes shows very good control with over all improvement in general health and mental state. We may not absolute stop anti-diabetic drugs and insulin but can definitely reduce their dosage. Let's see some case examples.
Case 1 :
Diabetes with joint pains.
Severe aching pains in joints. Sore, lame, bruised feeling all over the body. Bed feels too hard. Keep tossing and turning in bed in search of soft place.
< slightest touch, pressure, motion, jar.
Aversion of being approached by any one for the fear of being touched and pain.
Arnica montana 30 ameliorated joint pains and also showed improvement in blood sugar level.
Case 2 :
Diabetes with urticaria.
Severe urticaria all over the body with severe itching, burning, stinging. Skin look fiery red with oedematous swelling. Urticarial eruption on tongue, pallate causing difficult speech and difficulty in swallowing. Marked periodicity of complaints. Urticaria appear sharp at midnight and last until 4 a.m.
Urticaria < 12.00 a.m. - 4 a.m. +++
< daily same time.
Chronic stye on eye lids; neither healing nor suppurating.
Urtica urens 30 showed great improvement in blood sugar level. Insulin doses were reduced to very minimum quantity. Urticaria went away slowly and permanently with number of doses from 30 to 1M.
Other symptoms of sharp, shooting, darting, cramps in legs due to neuritis were also cured.
Also, patient gained weight from 46 kgs. to 56kgs. which he had lost in last 4 years due to Diabetes.Sleep got better.
Insulin doses were reduced to minimum.
Styes also disappeared over a period.
Case 3 :
Diabetes with Vaso-vagal syncope.
Frequent syncope attacks with long-lasting unconsciousness for 20 minutes.
Fainting < doing upper body heavy exercise in Jim. +++. Can not exercise for more than 20 minutes. Immediately start feeling giddy and has to lie down. > after lying for 10-15 minutes.
Test of vaso-vagal syncope was positive.
Laurocerasus 30 brought high blood sugar in control. High blood pressure became normal. Frequent fainting episodes stopped. General well being improved. Sleep was improved. Weakness also got cured. Anti-diabetic tablets were reduced to half.
Case 4 :
Diabetes with Cervical spondylosis, Frozen shoulder and Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Cervical spondylosis with early degenerative changes and osteophytes in C4, C5.
Pain start from nape and radiates up to occiput and down to right upper limb till ring finger with tingling and numbness. Pain in wrist joint. Occasional burning in right shoulder joint.
Pain, burning < cold and damp temperature +++;
< cold and damp weather +++;
< combing the hair, wearing shirt +++.
> warm formentation +
Thickening, drying and peeling of left foot sole skin from walking bare foot on damp ground when doing gardening
Warts on face and neck
Dulcamara 200 daily two doses for a week.
In one week pain in nape and occiput got cured completely.
Right shoulder movement > 50%. Shoulder movements became more free. Range of motion improved considerably.
Pain in wrist and ring finger was cured completely.
Blood sugar and blood pressure came into normal range. Anti-diabetic tablets doses were reduced to half.
Case 5 :
DM type 1 with chronic constipation and Impotency
Severe constipation. No desire for stool for days together. Extremely offensive flatus. Extremely offensive smell of stool and extremely bad smell from mouth.
Desire to uncover the legs while sleeping
Desire for fast fanning and strong air-conditioning.
This patient did very well on Sulphur 30. Impotency was cured. Bad smell of stool, flatus and foetour went away. Constipation was relieved.
Case 6 :
DM type 1 with impotency.
A very small remedy called Origanum marjorana showed very good control in high blood sugar level and impotency in a young patient of DM type 1. History of very high sexual desire, lot of sexual fantacies, lot of self abuse and the key note symptom of drug, impulse to run led me to this small but wonderful remedy. Not only this, patient reported to have better concentration, focus and interest in his work with this remedy.
Drugs like Sacchrum officinale, Helonias, Caladium, Cocca also work good when symptoms indicate.
Very careful assessment of the case with regular monitoring of blood sugar is required as patients tend to develop hypoglycemia as the secondary remedy reaction. Dosage of anti-diabetic drugs and insulin should be tapered off very very carefully. And when considerable overall improvement is seen, homeopathic remedy should be stopped and should not be repeated as long as previous dose is working.