Diabetes and Homeopathy
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is characterized by the body’s resistance to insulin, reduced transport and metabolism of glucose (sugars) in muscle and fat cells. Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, is responsible for controlling the movement of sugar, in the form of glucose, through the bloodstream to individual cells and tissues in the body. Insulin is responsible for the absorption of glucose by tissue cells, where glucose is used as a “fuel” for the proper functioning of the intracellular environment. Without it, the cells can not function, which results in the development of the disease.
In DM, either the pancreatic β-cells lose their function and thus insulin is not produced or is produced in insufficient quantities, or the body’s cells no longer have the ability to recognize insulin (insulin resistant).
Thus, diabetes is really a state of “starvation in the middle of abundance” where glucose accumulates in the blood and diffuses into the urine, but the individual cells starve from glucose.
The therapeutic strategies so far are only the administration of insulin multiple times a day by injection. Failure of β pancreatic cells to produce insulin occurs in the case of type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1) or “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus”. The diagnosis in people with DM1 is made at a young age and often an unprecedented symptom is the large weight loss in a short and unexpected period of time. Homeopathy does not offer an alternative to injectable insulin, but specific drugs that help reduce insulin requirements.
In the case of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) or “non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus”, in addition to the reduced production of insulin by beta pancreatic cells, a large percentage of cells are insulin resistant. The diagnosis is usually made in people aged 45 years and older, with obesity issues. So the best treatment is a change in diet and exercise, medication and in some cases insulin.
How can homeopathy help manage diabetes? First of all, homeopathy can help improve the overall health of a person with diabetes. This can be helped by giving a “constitutional” treatment, based on the patient’s set of symptoms and characteristics.
The overall improvement of the patient’s body will help in the general feeling of his well-being. The result will be an improvement in the general sense of well-being, improved control of diabetes, and perhaps reduced need for insulin or medication.
Homeopathy states that diabetes and its symptoms are the warning signs of our body as well as the failed attempts to restore balance, harmony, health and well-being of our body.
In homeopathy the homeopath doctor takes into account each symptom in order to conclude, to choose the nearest medicine which, for the most part, will match the picture of treatment. The doctor also selects the appropriate drug that will strengthen the immune system of this unique patient – the unique response of the specific organism to the underlying factors. As in this case, diabetes.