Using Mother-Tinctures In Diabetics: My Experience

November 2nd, 2015 by hesty No comments »

“Oh! you are a Homeopathic doctor!! Do you have anything to control my blood sugar levels?”

I often come across this question when I get introduced in a social meeting. Diabetes has spread its wings and has quickly started getting grip over the young-adult population as well… thanks to our life-style (do we have any style left in it?) and food habits. I have at least 10 patients who have met this silent-monster before they celebrated their 35th birthday. Thus it becomes extremely essential to think about various options available with us to control and/or eradicate this dreadful disease called diabetes from our society, with the help of homeopathy.

Much before I started treating diabetic patients with the deep-acting constitutional remedies, I had started using mother tinctures. Right from the days when I was studying Homeopathy and had hardly known more than 100 remedies in total. No need to guess the prescription… it was nothing else but ‘Syzigium jambolanum’, which has got its roots from the ancient Indian healing system – the Ayurveda. I had prescribed it to many but with not so promising results. First I doubted its actual role in the treatment of diabetes, but later as I learnt (and grasped) more about the system of Homeopathic healing, I could understand the reason behind the failures. I had simply ignored one of the basic principles of homeopathy – Individualization.

Can we individualize while selecting a mother-tincture?

The question thus arises – whether we can or should apply the theory of individualization while selecting a suitable mother tincture for a patient, or should it be guided by the clinical diagnosis alone?

If it is guided by the clinical diagnosis – then how do we select from multiple remedies indicated for the same disease. Can a clinical picture be utilized to pick up individualizing characteristics for a given case?

After more than 12 years of actively treating diabetic patients, I can now safely say that it is utmost essential to individualize while selecting a suitable mother-tincture for any case. I would like to discuss some of these mother-tinctures and their selection criteria through few case-experiences.

Clinical presentation of diabetes:

The initial presentation of diabetes has always surprised clinicians. The much-learnt clinical presentation of ‘Polyuria – Polydipsia – Polyphagia’ is rarely seen in the clinical practice now. Instead of that, diabetes prefers to declare its arrival through variety of other symptoms. These symptoms or the organs of diabetic complications can be the key to the individual mother-tincture selection.

I have seen Syzygium-jambolanum doing wonders specifically in the cases of diabetes where the degree of rise in the urinary glucose levels is much higher than corresponding rise in the blood glucose levels. I have had a patient whose post-lunch glucose never went beyond 200 mg/dl [11 mmol/l], but his glycosuria always remained in ‘+ + +’ mark. Syzygium given along with Calcarea-carb as the constitutional remedy helped him to have normal glucose reading for the first time.

A diabetic patient presenting with hematuria or cystitis often calls for Rhus-aromatica as the choice of mother tincture. There is a lot of burning during and after passing of urine in large quantities. I have often used it in menopausal ladies who present with diabetes and complain of above symptoms along with stress-incontinence, suggesting of atony at urinary sphincters.

Similarly, a diabetic patient with marked nephropathic manifestations can be helped by Abroma-augusta. It presents with marked albuminuria with offensive and profuse urination along with increased thirst for large quantities of water. Patient often complains about hard stools covered with mucus as a part of obstinate constipation. Loss of bowel-satisfaction that has started since the diagnosis of diabetes always rings bells for this remedy for me. Abroma-augusta can also be selected based on the concomitant presence of severe spasmodic dysmenorrheal in female patients, who react hysterically to the pain. They can categorically mention about the onset of pain just few months before or after diabetes showed its presence.

A diabetic patient with concomitant affection at hepatic sphere, presenting with jaundice marked by loss of appetite and generalized dropsy (anasarca) leads us to Cephalandra-indica as the savior. Dryness and burning are the key manifestations of this remedy.

Gymnema-sylvestre should be labeled as the ‘boon for diabetic men’. I have been using it in cases that either present with sexual debility with erectile dysfunction or report it after few years of diabetic diagnosis. It has not only reduced the sugar levels but has also shown its efficacy in improving the erectile power.

Calendula ranks the highest when the case presents with wounds that take significantly longer time to heal and also show a tendency to result into non-healing ulcers.

Concomitant symptoms:

We understand concomitant symptom as the one which presents itself along with the chief complaint, but has no patho-physiological connection with the chief complaint except the time correlation. Thus it just exists along with the chief complaint.

In my practice, I have tried to stretch this definition further to assess various systems / organs getting affected along with the primary complaint in patient’s life-time, to check the principle organs of affection and have correlated it with Boger’s sphere of action for the individual remedies.

To give an example – a diabetic patient, after a history of alcoholism, often leads me to the selection of Avena-sativa. In most cases pointing to this remedy, you will find marked exhaustion as the key-presentation. The diabetes gets detected with ‘marked debility not responding to sufficient rest’ as the only presenting symptom for the physician to investigate further. Avena-sativa can also be used in patients where diabetes co-exists with neurological disorders like epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease.

I have already presented a case of diabetes with psychogenic origin, where Abroma-augusta was selected based on the characteristic presentation of constipation with hard ball-like stools & significant offensive urine with proteinuria along with diabetes.

In the earlier days of my practice, I had prescribed Thuja to a case which presented with multiple renal calculi along with cholelithiasis (gall stones) as presenting symptoms along with diabetes that presented with significant pedal edema (water retention). Thuja not only had expelled the renal calculi but also reduced the swelling over the lower limbs in the initial treatment period. Thuja was followed by Lycopodium as the constitutional remedy which further helped the patient.

A remedy like Carduus-marianus that has a marked action on the portal & vascular system can be selected when a patient presents with cirrhosis with ascites and varicose veins.

In general, remedies like Chelidonium that improve hepatic function can be used to boost glucose-metabolism within the hepatic system.

Dosage:

Ideally 30 drops per day, divided in two-to-three parts

Caution:

Though the utility of mother tinctures in controlling the blood-glucose levels has been discussed here in great detail, it does not replace the value of a deep-acting constitutional remedy that can restore the fundamental metabolic balance.

Diabetes – The Artificial Sweetener Connection

October 25th, 2015 by hesty No comments »

ASPARTAME – the hidden killer;

Aspartame is making us sicker and fatter than sugar ever could. Did you know that aspartame (‘the miracle sweetener’)in the blue-blue packets was developed by G.D Searle Corporation? Did you know that G.D Searle tried in vain to get aspartame approved by the FDA for more than 16 years?

It all seems so unimportant until we learn of the late Dr. M. Adrian Gross, a former senior FDA toxicologist who was called to testify before Congress about aspartame many months before 1981: “Beyond a shadow of a doubt, aspartame triggers brain tumors and, therefore, by allowing aspartame to be placed on the market the FDA has violated the Delaney Amendment, which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause cancer…and if the FDA itself elects to violates its own the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?”

In 1981, aspartame ‘finally’ received FDA approval despite its proven and tested toxicity? Since then, aspartame has permeated hundreds of common products; from soda to salad dressing. You consume a lot of it if you eat processed foods.

Aspartame is less expensive than real sugar and thus has dominated food processing for more than 25 years. So what’s so bad about aspartame? To start with, it’s now been clearly linked to brain cancer, memory loss, impaired vision, hearing loss, joint pain, asthma, coma,seizures..etc. Additionally, the US Government reports that aspartame has brought more complaints to the FDA than any other food additive currently on the market. In fact, it’s now responsible for nearly 75 percent of complaints to the FDA.

After receiving some 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms linked to aspartame — including death. headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer, in addition to many undefined symptoms harder to describe. Aspartame appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression… Why so many symptoms?

It’s taken 30 years to feel the brunt of this substance and that many years to collect the data to support the findings you are reading in this article. The reason for the time lapse is that human symptoms take time to develop and identify. It is now known that aspartame attacks our bodies at the cellular level and negates all kinds of common medications Americans take to rid themselves of the symptoms; including antidepressants, Coumadin, cardiac drugs, hormones, insulin, vaccines, and many other common medications.

Supported by many clinical studies, the bottom line is that aspartame is a deadly neurotoxin drug sold to us as a harmless food additive.The worst part however, is that Aspartame could make you hungrier and fatter. Dr. H. J. Roberts, concludes that aspartame has caused our obesity epidemic. He gives evidence that this “guilt-free” sweetener secretly makes you crave carbohydrates which make you gain weight. How does this work? Well, it seems it may trigger or over-stimulate the stomach’s production of ghrelin, also known as the ‘hunger hormone’.

Have you noticed over the past 30 years how fat we Americans have been getting? It seems the media and nutritionists have noticed. How long have you been drinking diet sodas? And how much weight have you lost as a result of drinking it? The over-production of ghrelin in our stomachs may explain why all those “diet” sodas have never been much help in weight loss and control.

Now it’s easy to lay blame, and to prevent that, the giant food companies have studies “proving” the safety of aspartame. They often pull out these research reports from their file drawers in defense of their continued use of aspartame.You now know some facts about the dangers of consuming aspartame . Get the facts. Avoid aspartame in your diet if at all possible.

So what now? If I can’t use aspartame in my coffee in the morning, then what will I use? The following are some common substitutes:

SUGAR: Try a spoonful once in a while, but remember, too much sugar can lead to diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, renal disease, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic retinitis (blindness), diabetic peripheral neuropathy etc Sugar sounds pretty bad and too much in your diet is bad but when compared to aspartame, sugar looks pretty good.

SUCRALOSE: is a highly dangerous new chemical — because sucralose is created when chlorine is added to sugar. Have you ever spilled chlorine bleach on your skin? Research by the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center shows that years of sucralose use can lead to a breakdown of the immune system and neurological disorders;

SACCHARINE: Saccharine tastes terrible but poses no immediate danger to the human body that anyone has discovered yet..

STEVIA: is plant-based and natural. It’s safe and recommended for diabetics but it tastes nothing like natural sugar. It has a bitter taste. It’s okay for some. I like it, but many people prefer something less bitter to the taste. The trick is to use just a little. It’s highly recommended for all your baking needs and lemonades are great when made with stevia.

XYLITOL: is highly recommended. It’s natural, tastes like sugar, is good for your teeth, and importantly for diabetics, doesn’t spike blood sugar. The bad part of it is that it induces diarrhea in some people who use it regularly.

ERYTHRITOL : may be the best substitute of all. It is natural, calorie-free, tastes like real sugar, doesn’t affect blood sugar or insulin levels (a big plus for people with diabetes), it reduces dental plaque — and unlike xylitol, has no laxative side-effects. It’s available as the Smart Sweet Brand and is highly recommended.

Avoid aspartame and sucralose like the plague. Learn more about Stevia and Erythritol. People who want to avoid the diabesity epidemic sweeping our country can do so by avoiding aspartame and sucralose. It is my opinion that the current diabetes epidemic in this country could be stemmed by prolonged use of better substitutes for aspartame, sucralose and sugar.

Type 2 Diabetes – Side Effects of Diabetes Medications

October 17th, 2015 by hesty No comments »

For many Type 2 diabetics, medication is a necessity for helping to control their blood sugar level and other aspects of their diabetes. But as with any medication being introduced into the body, many people often experience side effects. Knowing the possible side effects of the various diabetes drugs is something that can help you be prepared.

As with any medication, they are going to affect each person differently. What may cause problems for one person, may not affect another at all. The severity of symptoms may also differ. That’s why it may take some time to get the full effect of what your results are.

One of the most common complaints with diabetes drugs is weight gain. Some researchers attribute certain medications with attacking various proteins found in the fat tissue that regulates fat cell production. Others blame it on the reaction of fat cells in the brain. Still others cite the effect it has on a created increase in appetite. Whatever the cause, weight gain is a common occurrence and one that you will have to decide if you are ready to deal with.

Diabetics have also complained about medications causing stomach problems. This complaint can range from excess gas and bloating, to diarrhea or queasiness. If this occurs, the best course of action is to combat the effects with an alteration in diet. Many times a person can experience tremendous relief simply by reducing the fat and increasing the fiber content in their diet.

Another organ that can sustain harm is the kidneys. Even if an individual has never experienced kidney trouble before, certain medications have the ability to create an issue over time. This is something to talk over with your doctor.

Sometimes the effects are visible. Reactions will surface on the skin in the form of rashes. The irritation can be as simple as itching, and as complex as hives. In severe cases, it might be beneficial to change medications and try to come at the problem from another angle. Your doctor will be better equipped to recommend a change.

Believe it or not, low blood sugar is another side effect. This might sound foolish since the medications are meant to help control this condition. Often, this effect is the result of the diet needing to be tweaked in order to compensate for the introduction of medication into the system. (Preferably though, it would be best to lower the dosage of the prescribed medication). It might be a temporary situation, but it could be something that never gets better or goes away completely. This is when keeping your doctor informed will help both of you make the right decision on the best way to handle your Type 2 diabetes and blood sugar.