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Homeopathic Approach in The Treatment of Diabetes

Homeopathic Approach in The Treatment of Diabetes
By Dr Guillermo Zamora
Medical Doctor ( Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara UAG)
Homepathy (Homeopatía de Guadalajara, A.C.)


Diabetes is a systemic disease which is characterized by an inability to produce insulin, with its respective hyperglycemia. Diabetic patients tend to have complications such as hiperosmolar condition due to lost electrolytes, and basically problems at the neural level (diabetic neuropathy) and complications in eyes, kidneys, lower limb and vascular system. The incidence in Mexico is 2 to 4 %.
There are several types of diabetes, although we can summarize them as follows:
1.-Diabetes mellitus type I: Tends to occur in children and young adults, but can occur at any age. Individuals with special genetic predisposition, immune destruction of the insulin-producing cells determines a progressive loss of endogenous insulin. Therefore requires exogenous insulin to gain control of glucose, prevent Diabetic Cetoacidosis and sustain life.

2.-Diabétes Mellitus type II: usually appears in 30 years. There has been observed a genetic predisposition, but pathogenesis is different from the type I diabetes patients; most patients are obese and many show the action of insulin resistance. Usually, endogenous insulin production should be sufficient to prevent cetoacidosis, but when the stress is very intense, they may receive cetoacidosis. These patients usually respond well to the oral hipoglicemiants.

3. The other diabetes mellitus (secondary) show hyperglycemia associated with another cause, such as a pancreatic disease, pancreatectomy, pregnancy, drugs or chemicals, syndrome cushing, acromegaly, and many rare congenital disorders.

The most useful homeopathic remedies in the treatment of diabetes are:
• Phosphorus
• Arsenicum album
• Lycopodium clavatum
• Phosphoricum acidum
• Lacticum acidum
• China officinalis
• Silicea
• Sulphur
• Calcarea carbónica
• Nitricum acidum
• Aceticum acidum
• Ignatia
• Chimapila
• Sizygium
• Argentum nitricum
• Arsenicum iodatum
• Lachesis
• Natrum sulphuricum
• Argentum metallicum
• Bryonia
• Aceticum acidum
• Thuja

It is important to mention that in the case of type I diabetes all what we can do is to improve the symptomatic box and complications that may be treated, since this type of diabetes is incurable. In diabetes type II homeopathic remedies  help achieve very good results in the most of patients; even sometimes, the dose of oral hipoglicemiant seems to be optimized, even reducing the drugs and even they might be withdrawn. Of course, it will depend if the patient takes a proper diet, exercise routine, handles stress through meditation or otherwise, takes timely homeopathic medication; and also receives a good education to alert the patient of revisions, which should be with a monthly check-up, including a check of their retinas (with an ophthalmologist consultation at least every 6 months). Furthermore, caring of their feet using soft, comfortable shoes, with a size at least a half number larger can be recommended. Teach full care of the body and notations of any alarm when our patient notices ulcers, dark colors in fingers or swelling, immediately goes to the homeopath (or doctor), and logically also making use of resources which must include a chemistry laboratory blood full for evaluation of glucose, kidney filtration, metabolic, as well as the serum electrolyte, full blood biometrics and General urine test.

It is worth mentioning the hiperosmolar condition usually found when the diabetics condition is not regulated or being diagnosed. The serum electrolyte imbalances is the diagnostic tool, as well as, the arterial blood gases. However, one of the symptoms most frequently involved in this condition is tiredness or weakness, it would be practical to mention that the most of the homeopathic acid remedies used in homeopathy have those symptoms as common denominators.

Next presentation shows the basic aspects of the "Weakness" symptom found in some homeopathic medicines, which have been proven useful in the treatment of diabetes

1. Weakness with ears´s buzzing: China officinalis
2. Weakness in abdomen: Phosphorus
3. Weakness to climb stairs: Iodum
4. Weakness of Heart: Irregular ó intermitente: Naja, Kali carb.
5. Wakness cervical: Músculos, no puede mantener la cabeza erguida: Cocculus indicus.
6. Weakness to walk, you loose: Cocculus indicus.
7. Weakness to descend downstairs: Stannum
8. Weakness, fades to walk, by cold, wet, travel extreme heat: Sepia off.
9. Weakness with decreased vital force: Carbo Vegetabilis, arsenicum album, muriatic acidum, camphora, veratrum album…Lacking vital force: Lauroceraseus.
10. Weakness General: Silicea, arsenicum album, hyosciamus Níger, kali carbonicum, baptista, gelsemium, picnic acidum, iodum met, selenium, cocculus indicus, carbo animalis, sulphuricum acidum, ferrum metallicum, natrum muriaticum.
11. Weakness: General progressive: Hyosciamus Níger
12. Weakness: general muscular: kali-Carbonicum.
13. Weakness; general and lassitude: Árnica montana.
14. Weakness: Male genitalia: Selenium
15. Intense weakness and reduction of forces: Digitalis purpurea.
16. Intensive weakness after to eat: Natrum Muriaticum
17. Weakness by fluid loss: China officinalis.
18. Weakness in the lumbar región, loose when walk: Cocculus indicus.
19. Weakness and fatigue in the neck:: Zincum metallicum
20. Weakness in the chest: Phosphoricum acidum, stannum met, sulphur.
21. Weakness as if it came from the chest, barely can speak: Stannum.
22. Weakness by blood loss: China officinalis.
23. Weakness of ankles in children: Carbo animalis, silicea
24. Weakness of ankles, walk on the inner side of …Natrum carbonicum
25. Weakness with vision loss: China officinalis.

The most used in the treatment of diabetes medications:
• Phosphorus: Tuberculinic patient, tall, slender, with strait chest or nervous and weak people. Works efficiently in the liver and kidney improving the hipercolesterinemia. It is also a large drug bleeding anywhere body by avoiding significantly the cerebral vascular event. Albumin in urine. Depression and high stress. Retinopathy.

• Arsenicum Album: Agitation: tendency to move from one place to another, great anxiety, prostration, useful in diabetic neuropathy there ardour and/or numbness in limbs.

• Lycopodium Clavatum: Diabetes. Anger during disease. Lost of self confidence. The right side conditions works well and thus improve the liver and kidney functioning as conditions Neuropathy above all of the autonomic nervous system where there is constipation due to inactivity of the rectum. Impotence. Intense desire for sweets.

• Phosphoricum acidum: Neurótic diabetic. Weak and thin with presence of urine sugar. Polyuria. Diarrhea or constipation. Impotence. Depression. Weakness of memory. Inability to concentrate.


• Lacticum Acidum: Diabetes. Presence of blood sugar. Thirst. Voracious hunger. Abundant urine. Rheumatic pain.
• China officinalis: Weakness for loss of fluids. Bleeding. Tympanites. The expulsion of gases do not produce improvement. Loss of vision. Ringing in the ears. Canine hunger. Extreme sensitivity to touch in diabetic neuropathy.

• Silicea Terra: Acts in acute and chronic infections in people with diabetes. Skin and bones-prone supurar infections. Fistulas. Patient shy, insecure and fearful (fear of sharp objects).

• Sulphur: Remedy background par excellence. Acts almost at all levels. Useful in diabetics with fluid retention. Edema. Great circulatory component.

• Calcarea carbonica: Remedy background. Diabetic obese, loose, spongy, chilly. Low thyroid function. Polineuritis. Tired of life. Bad-Tempered.

• Nitricum acidum: Diabetic nervous, irritable. Strong smell like horse urine. Skin cracks and fissures. Ulcers by arterial insufficiency. Weakness. Candilomas and warts.
• Aceticum acidum: Very weakened patient which thins quickly. With edema or anasarca.

• Ignatia: Diabetic with marked signs of sadness and the silent penalty provision. Want to be alone. Profound sighs. Weakness in the mouth of the stomach. Empty feeling in the stomach. Bipolarity. Shock disorders. In neuropathy acts on the spinal marrow and affects both motor nerve as sensitive. Tremor by penalties or scares or by parasites. Hysteria.

• Argentum nitricum: Person who has become wrinkled and dry by the disease. Vertigo in high places. Apprehension. Always quick. Purulent conjunctivitis.

• Arsenicum Iodatum: Useful arteriosclerosis and irritant secretions. Diabetics who lose weight quickly. Pain intense polineuríticos. Chronic diseases of the skin. Respiratory symptoms.

• Lachesis Trig: Loquacious, diabetic patients with circulatory problems. Diabetes in menopause. Diabetic Gangrene. Useful in the brain vessel event. Upper digestive tube (bowel) hemorrhages. Retinal hemorrhages.

• Natrum sulphuricum: Useful in diabetic neuropathy that affects the autonomic nervous system. Diarrhea aggravated by the morning of begin to move. Borborigmos on the right side of the abdomen in the ileocecal region. Productive cough aggravated by wet time.

• Argentum metallicum: Diabetics with problems in cartilage, joints.

• Bryonia alba: Diabetic nervous and irritable. Constipation with dried stools as burnt. Thirst. Intense pain that exacerbated by movement and improve with pressure and rest.

• Thuja: Diabetes in patients with sycosis. Polyneuritis with great pain. Polyps. Warts. In the mental area with special illusions: believes that his body and limbs are glass. Thinks he has a live animal inside abdomen. It is obsessive.

Before mentioning some medications used for complications, it is important to note that the best results occur when we use an 'alternating background remedy' with the homeopathic (organotropic) that covers the complication when also taking medication.

Some medications used for complications in diabetes

• Lachesis: Ulceras varicose, gangrene diabetic and treatment of cerebral vascular event.

• Secale cornutum: Arterial insufficiency, diabetic gangrene and hypertension in diabetic.

• Hammamelis virg: Peripheral venous insufficiency, rodents varicose. Thrombophlebitis.

• Apis mellifica: anasarca or widespread edema. Edema than eyes as water bags hanging. Edema located in lower yelids.

• Kali-Carbonicum: Edema or widespread anasarca. Located in upper eyelids.

• Euphrasia: Intense conjunctivitis. The patient cannot open eyes, they are stuck by the secresiones.

• Kali Phos: Diabetes of pregnancy

• Symphytum: Osteomielitis. Osteoporosis.

• Causticum: Hypertension. Specific muscle groups paralysis. Polineuritis.

• Plumbum met: Arteriosclerosis. Vascular brain failure. Paralysis. Weight loss.

• Kreosotum: Female genitalia. Excoriantes, irritant or dark and white secretions. Genital candidiasis in diabetic women.

• Phosphorus, Lachesis y Naphtallinum: are useful in diabetic retinopathy.

It seems that the homeopathic remedies have their mechanism of action by contact on the tongue through nerve endings that carry throughout the body the energy component of the remedies. Taking this into account as the hydro-electrolyte imbalance as diabetic neuropathy, then we will have a problem of membrane potential which alters the nerve transmission. Therefore, it will be of vital importance to reinstate fluid and electrolytes to our diabetic patients not only for rehydratation but for perfussion of tissues and to enhance the potential of membrane, getting a better response.


  • Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 17e
  • Anthony S. Fauci, Eugene Braunwald, Dennis L. Kasper, Stephen L. Hauser, Dan L. Longo, J. Larry Jameson, and Joseph Loscalzo, Eds.
  • The Washington Manual of medical therapeutics; 32nd edition; Departament of medicine of Washington university; School of medicine St Louis Missouri; Editors: Daniel H Cooper, M.D, Andrew J. Krainin, M.D.; Sam J. Lubner, M.D.; Hilari E.L, Reno, M.D., PhD.
  • Keynotes flow chart, designed by Dr. Guillermo Zamora


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Comment by Zulkifli Abdul Ghani on November 3, 2015 at 7:33pm

Thank you for the informative and interesting article. As DM is systemic, practitioners has to be thorough in the management of the cases. We should always refer to the Organon of Medicine from time to time. Don't forget to get help and opinion of the homeopathy stalwarts. 

Comment by Dr Gopal Patel on October 16, 2012 at 3:07am
Thank you for a very interesting article for DM , some patients so not have much result while few only have good result
Comment by Dr Shashi Mohan Sharma on January 29, 2011 at 10:12am

Dear Dr Zamora,

Very interesting and informative article. I am really pleased to see your hard work.

Wishing you all the best.


Comment by Dr Guillermo Zamora on August 4, 2010 at 7:35pm
Dear Amir: Your are very welcome.
Comment by Dr Guillermo Zamora on February 17, 2010 at 11:33am

Dear Dr. Se

Optimization of Allopathic Medicines Through Homeopath

yedaghanoor Sadeghi :

Yes, I always repertorize my patients. Unfortunately, in acute flare ups of the chronic disease I have not seen big changes using only the deeper remedies, therefore, in those cases I use the most characteristic symptoms (Keynotes) to choose a remedy, later I keep on using the deeper remedy (sorry, but is how i have found better results).

No, In the case of Dm Type I...I still using insulin, I never stop their treatment. In case of type II, Only 15 % of my patient reach not to use conventional medicine (only homeopathy), the other percentage reach to use only a minimal dosage of ther conventional medicine (optimization). Kindly, read the next discusion:

Optimization of Allopathic Medicine Through Homepathy


Yes, In personal opinion, I think the best way to treat our patients with DM is diminishing the dosis of the conventional medicine BUT progresively. Thank you for your comments.

Dear Dr Dushyant Kamal Dhari:

Thank you for comments.

Thank you All for your contributions and comments.
Dr. Guillermo Zamora.

Comment by Dr Dushyant Kamal Dhari on February 17, 2010 at 2:17am
A short repertory of Diabetes .
With help of all, it can be enlarged and effective for diabetes.

Homoeopathic Repertory of Diabetes
Comment by Dr Ajay Yadav on February 17, 2010 at 1:02am

This is a really good work. I have seen in my practice many patient of DM. When I think more about the homeopathic approach in DM, it is always good to go ahead with constitutional approach. The selected remedy or therapeutic method will work in DM but as you stop allopathy drug they will come up with symptom again. Our main goal using the homeopathic remedy is to prevent complications and get sugar levels in balance. It is always good to select using the constitutional approach.

1. Diet.
2. Exercise
3. constitutional remedy
4. Patient education

Comment by Seyedaghanoor Sadeghi on February 17, 2010 at 12:36am
Dear Dr Guillermo Zamora
Salam. Hi. Thank you so much for your explanative article on Homeopathic Approach to DM
Patients. Do you repertorize your patients' rubrics or prefer to prescribe their remedies according to their keynotes?

Anyway your article is a very good guide for us in the treatment of our diabetic patients. Have you cured most of your patients completely or controlled them along with allopathic medicines ?

Best Wishes and Warmest Regards, Dr. Sadeghi, Noori
Comment by Dr Guillermo Zamora on January 22, 2010 at 11:19am
Yes Dr Ranga Sai:
Maybe your point regarding the liver works with some enzymes diminishing lipoproteins and tryglicerids. You know, when these lipids are increased then the receptors for insulin are going to be diminished with its outcome hyperglycemia.
Thank you for comments.
Comment by Ranga Sai on January 20, 2010 at 12:54pm
In my clinical observation, significant number of diabetic patients had a history of liver disease in the past, before the onset of diabetes.

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