Background: A rigorous analysis of medical literature shows that there are numerous aspects in which stress is linked to diabetes. Type 2 diabetes implies that the abnormalities in glucose levels as a result of stress are associated on one side, with hormones that are involved in the metabolism of glucose, and on the other side, with stress-induced changes in eating habits. The psychosomatic perspective on diabetes creates a new approach to the needs and burdens of a diabetic patient, and offers the chance to find the most efficient treatment. It improves the doctor-patient relationship based exactly on the understanding of the complex implications of this disease. Type 2, formerly Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, appears to be prevalent at ‘epidemic’ levels in many places, mainly due to changes in life style, but also because of better diagnosis and improved longevity. Higher prevalence occurs in Asians, men, and the elderly (18% in men over 80 in Liverpool). Most patients are over 40 years but teenagers are increasingly getting type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. It is associated with obesity, lack of exercise and calorie excess. There is about 80% concordance in identical twins, indicating stronger genetic influence than in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.
Case Analysis: On Nov 20, 2012, a man aged 66, was seen because of diabetes type 2, which he’d had for 25 years. He had experienced a stressful life; his brother had passed away and he had to help his family out of their disastrous situation. His only son suffered from cerebral palsy and was dealing with economic problems. His last FBS was 145 mg/dl, HgbA1c of about 8.3, GTT of 300. He took 10 tablets; 2 Metformin tds and 2 Glibenclamide.
After taking his case and repertorizing the main rubrics on Nov. 20th 2012, a single dose of Lycopodium 30 CH was prescribed.
MIND – DICTATORIAL
GENERALS – SIDE – right – then left side
URINE – SUGAR
MIND – ANGER – easily
EYE – CATARACT
GENERALS – MORNING – waking, on
VERTIGO – MORNING – waking, on
MIND – AILMENTS FROM – grief
MIND – FASTIDIOUS
SLEEP – POSITION – back, on
STOMACH – APPETITE – ravenous
BLADDER – URINATION – frequent – night
GENERALS – ASCENDING – agg.
EXTREMITIES – NUMBNESS – Fingers
MALE GENITALIA/SEX – SEXUAL DESIRE – wanting
After 50 days he was visited again on Jan.1st 2013. His FBS had lowered to 115 and had even been 90 mg/dl. He felt much better mentally and his sexual power had improved by 80-90%. He did not suffer plantar numbness anymore, however, he was a little drowsy.
The second dose of Lycopodium 30 CH was prescribed He visited for the 3rd time on Feb.21st 2013. He complained of retinal hemorrhage and numbness of his feet. His FBS was 132, G2hrs pp 271 mg/dl . His blood pressure was 120. I prescribed Phosphorus 6x for him.
He visited on April 22nd 2013 for the fourth time. He had undergone laser therapy for retinopathy by Opthalmologist and was pleased because of having 10/10 vision in his both eyes. His numbers had lowered to 75, he had decreased his anti-diabetic agents. He had no problems with his feet. His HgbA1c lowered to 7.7. His other blood tests were as follows;
Urea=44, Creat=1.3, Uric Acid=8.0, Chol=161, T.G.= 146, AST=25, ALT=16, U/A=Normal .
He could go walking 30-60 minutes a day. He loved keeping old objects. A single dose of Sulphur 200 was prescribed. His FBS has lowered to 90 mg/dl as if Aug. 30, 2013. He is taking One tablet of Glibenclamide and one Metformin tds. (i.e. meds decreased by 50%.)
Conclusion: Diabetes type 2 is considered a psychosomatic or somatoform disorder. Homeopathic remedies when prescribed on totality of the patient, firstly affects the mind, emotions and then the patient’s metabolism of glucose. The classical homeopathy approach clearly helped this patient . His mind improved and calmness and happiness enhanced the patient’s glucose metabolism; his need of anti-diabetic agents decreased by 50%. His HgbA1c decreased by 8%. His impotence improved remarkably by 80-90%. Thus, he feels much better now. Clinical trials are suggested to assess the efficacy of homeopathic remedies in affected patients to help millions of patients the world over.