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DIABETES MELLITUS

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Natrum mur
Polyuria; unquenchable thirst; emaciation, loss of sleep and appetite; great debility and despondency. Aggravation on alternate days; hammering headache.

Natrum sulph
This is the chief remedy. Schvissler gives as a special reason for its use deficiency of the pancreatic secretion.

Kali mur
Excessive and sugary urine. Great weakness and somnolence.

Kali phos
The symptoms for which this remedy must be given intercurrently are nervous prostration, weakness, sleeplessness and voracious hunger; it establishes normal function of the medulla oblongata and pneumogastric nerve, which latter acts on the digestion or stomach and on the lungs.

Ferrum phos
Diabetes, when there is a quickened pulse or when there exists pain, heat or congestion in any part of the system, as an intercurrent remedy,

Calcarea phos
Polyuria, with weakness, much thirst, dry mouth and tongue; flabby, sunken abdomen; craves bacon and salt. Glycosuria when lungs are implicated.

Calcarea sulph
Schussler says that this may possibly be a remedy useful for this disease; also Kali sulph.

CLINICAL CASES
A writer explains the biochemic treatment of diabetes as follows:
Lactic acid is composed of Carbonic acid and water, and must be split up on its way to the lungs. This is done by the catalytic action of Sodium phosphate in the blood. Any deficiency of Sodium phosphate will cause a disturbance in the water.in the system by allowing an excess of Lactic acid to accumulate. Nature in her effort to eliminate the water produces the symptoms called diabetes.
But while a lack of Sodium phosphate is the principal cause of diabetes, the chief remedy is Sodium phosphate; because it regulates the supply of water in the blood. Sodium phosphate also gives off oxygen, so necessary for the process of the decomposition of sugar, and thereby prevents its reaching the kidneys as sugar, and also thins, to its normal consistency, bile that has become inspissated from a lack of Sodium phosphate.
If a case of diabetes has advanced to any considerable degree, the kidneys will have become inflamed by the Lactic acid and sugar that pastes through them. This injury to the tissue of the kidney calls upon the red corpuscles of the blood for Iron phosphate, Which will, in most cases, cause a deficiency in that inorganic salt. Nature, in her efforts to supply iron, will probably draw on the nerve fluid, Potassium phosphate will be too rapidly consumed, and the patient suffers from nervous prostration.
The treatment, therefore, for diabetes mellitus is: the Phosphates of sodium, iron and potassium, and the Sulphate of sodium. For the great functional disturbance of nerve centers caused by the demand made on the blood for the Potassium phosphate, producing sleeplessness and voracious hunger, Potassium phosphate is the infallible remedy. It establishes normal functional action of the medulla oblongata and pneumogastric nerve, which latter acts on stomach and lungs. For the great thirst, emaciation, and despondency, give Sodium chloride. It equally distributes the water in the system and quickly restores the normal condition.
The phosphates may be combined where two or more are indicated, but the Sodium sulphate and Sodium chloride should be given in separate solutions. Where there is great emaciation or poor appetite Calcium phosphate should be given, a small dose after each meal.
In my opinion, diet cuts but little figure in the treatment of diabetes, except as to the amount of food taken. The main object is have the food digest. Diabetic patients should never overeat; better eat six times daily than overeat once.
Of course, diet of fat meats or greasy food cannot be beneficial, for the very important fact that it overworks the liver, causes a deficiency and consequent thickening of bile and mucus, and sometimes a crystallization of cholesterin in gall duct, which gives rise to symptoms called hepatic colic, jaundice or bilious headache.
Dr. W. J. Hawkes.of Los Angeles, reports the following interesting case in the Pacific Coast Journal of Homeopathy, October, 1913:
Miss Barr, music teacher, daughter of Dr. James Barr, 1400 West 36th Place (I give name and address with permission), consulted me July 22, 1911. Diabetes in aggravated form was her ailment. She was emaciated so that she weighed less than eighty pounds, and was so weak she could walk but a short distance. The emaciation of her neck was remarkable. Her appetite was enormous—was continually hungry. Her thirst was as great as her appetite; said she drank gallons of water every day, and was always thirsty. Mouth and lips dry and pasty. Large quantity of sugar in urine.
The emaciation, though eating and drinking so enormously, first suggested Natrum muriaticum. Questioning from that keynote developed as clear a picture of the remedy as one could desire—worse on alternate days in the forenoon, typical headache; desire for salt, etc. I gave her a few powders of the 30th potency, and asked for a report in a week. I also instructed her to measure the urine passed during twenty-four hours for several different days in the meantime. One week later, July 29th, she reported not much change in the symptoms, and that she was passing seven and one-half quarts of urine in twenty-four hours! I was, of course, skeptical, and believed a mistake in measurement had been made, so I asked her father to do the measuring. He confirmed her report—she passed seven and one-half quarts in twenty-four hours. She reported weekly during July, August and September. There was steady and marked improvement over each previous week. She reported once during November, not at all in October, once in December, once each in January, February and March, April, June and September, 1912.
She has been to all external appearances perfectly well during the past six months; says she feels as well as she ever did, and she certainly looked the part when she last called, September 18th last. She now passes about three pints of urine in twenty-four hours. The only evidence that she is not well is one and one-half grains sugar to the ounce in the urine, and she has not fully regained her normal or usual weight. She has regained about ten pounds.
When I first prescribed for this patient I had never heard of this remedy having been prescribed for diabetes.
Dr. E. B. Rankin reports a case of diabetes insipidus improving under Natrum phos. 6x, in thirst, appetite and general strength, also in quantity of urine. However, no permanent result was obtained in this case (Southern Journal of Homeopathy, April, 1886).
Schussler notices two cures of this disease, communicated to him from Scotland, and one in which an Italian doctor employed successfully Natrum sulph. in diabetes. The details are wanting.
I have had occasion to treat many cases of that affection that I consider of a nervous origin. The treatment that has always succeeded with me has invariably been Natrum sulph. and Magnesia phos. 6x trit.; the length of treatment has been from forty-eight hours to a week; one dose of each of these salts in alternation every hour. (E. A. de Cailhol, M. D.)
Mrs. M., aged 42, consulting me, declared that she passed nearly four gallons of urine in twenty-four hours; its specific gravity was 1.040. I learned from her that the disease originated from a nervous shock (conjugal onanismus). I cured that disease in three months with Natr. sulph., Natr. phos., Kali phos. and Magnes. phos., given according to the symptoms that I had to fight against. Having seen her three years after, the cure was perfect and no sign of relapse. (E. A. de Cailhol, M. D.)



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