Diabetes is a condition which requires a change in lifestyle, including diet, exercise, sleep, and others. However, in certain cases, medications are the sole way of managing sugar levels. While the allopathic medical system is commonly adopted by people living with diabetes and suggested by doctors, homoeopathy is an alternative medical system which is gaining popularity in treating diabetes.
On World Homeopathy Day, we decipher everything about homoeopathy as an alternative medical system and the relationship between diabetes and homoeopathy.
What is Homoeopathy?
Completely based on the idea that any condition can be treated with the help of a diluted amount of a natural substance that is known to cause the symptoms is homoeopathy. The theory of this medical system is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’.
Though there are various homoeopathic remedies are available for easy treatment of diabetes, it is still not easily recommended by health agencies as a treatment for diabetes or its symptoms. One of the primary reasons for this is that there is no substantial evidence to prove the effectivity of homoeopathy in managing sugar levels. In addition to this, choosing homoeopathy results in following the treatment plan given by the doctor for a longer period.
Diabetes and Homoeopathy: What are the remedies?
All homoeopathic remedies for diabetes are made from plants, mineral, and in some cases, animals too. This is why they are considered as an ‘all-natural’ medical system and is given as the answer to the common question, ‘How to control diabetes naturally?’. The homoeopathy principle states that the therapeutic strength is increased when a substance is diluted. The natural substance in the remedy is diluted to an extent where the remedy only contains trace amount of the substance. The remedies can be formulated in the following ways:
- Sugar pellets
The most common examples of homoeopathic remedies recommended to manage diabetes or prevent further complications are as follows:
- Syzygium jambolanum or S. cumini (black plum) – Known to help in treating weakness, thirst, skin ulcers, and excessive urination (common symptoms of diabetes).
- Uranium nitricum – Is recommended to efficiently control frequent/excessive urination, swelling, nausea, and burning with urination.
- Conium (hemlock) – Treats numbness in the feet and hands as well as diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage).
- Plumbum (lead) – Associated with reducing numbness or tickling feeling in the hands and feet, nerve pain, and tinnitus.
- Calendula (marigold) – It is known for treating infected ulcers.
- Phosphoric acid – Marketed as a remedy to treat impaired memory, heavy head, excessive urination especially during the night, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction. confusion or a heavy head.
- Candida (yeast) – It is used for treating yeast infections.
Do Diabetes and Homoeopathy work together?
The homoeopathic remedies for diabetes are holistic in nature by taking the symptoms into consideration. In addition to this, this medical system also takes into account the physical constitution and symptoms of the mind. This is why a homoeopathic treatment is known to not just manage the sugar levels but also treat the root cause of a spike in blood sugar levels. It also stimulates insulin secretion and helps in promoting insulin utilization by cells. Diabetes and Homoepathy also works together as the latter aims to improve the overall well-being of the body, thus preventing the diabetic complications that can come in the way of a diabetic.
However, the debate around diabetes and homoeopathy is the little evidence to prove the effectiveness of this medical system to treat diabetes. Though it has been adopted by doctors and recommended to people living with diabetes, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness. In fact, in 2015, a study conducted by the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia were unable to provide substantial evidence on the effectiveness of homoeopathy treatment for diabetes. This is one of the reasons why health organizations do not recommend homoeopathic remedies without consulting your doctor or diabetes educator.
Treatment with any form of medication must be supported by a healthy diet and regular exercise. Additionally, homoeopathy as a medical system is still unable to provide an alternative to insulin. While
Homoeopathy remains a controversial topic in medicine, a lot of people still believe in this medical system and want to get treated using these remedies. If you too want to treat your symptoms through homoeopathy, consult your doctor first and continue taking the medications prescribed by the doctor.
Disclaimer: All information, content, and material of this article is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.